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MLZ Bird Collection (Arctos)

Latest version published by Moore Laboratory of Zoology on Jul 3, 2018 Moore Laboratory of Zoology

The Moore Laboratory of Zoology is located at Occidental College. The bird collection houses over 64,000 ornithological specimens. It is the largest Mexican bird collection in the world. The vast majority of the specimens are study skins (60,677), but the MLZ also contains 1,364 skeletons and 536 sets of nests and eggs. Robert T. Moore and his wife Margaret founded the MLZ in 1950, moving Moore’s personal collection from his Pasadena home to the building at Occidental College. Prominent collectors aside from Moore include Chester C. Lamb (who worked as Moore’s primary collector for decades and collected over 40,000 of the MLZ’s specimens), the Olalla Brothers and Sons, Mario del Toro Aviles, C.F. Underwood, J.T. Wright, and W.W. Brown. The collection continues its growth today with the addition of species from the western U.S. and Mexico.

Data Records

The data in this occurrence resource has been published as a Darwin Core Archive (DwC-A), which is a standardized format for sharing biodiversity data as a set of one or more data tables. The core data table contains 62,771 records. 2 extension data tables also exist. An extension record supplies extra information about a core record. The number of records in each extension data table is illustrated below.

  • Occurrence (core)
    62771
  • ResourceRelationship 
    62771
  • Multimedia 
    0

This IPT archives the data and thus serves as the data repository. The data and resource metadata are available for download in the downloads section. The versions table lists other versions of the resource that have been made publicly available and allows tracking changes made to the resource over time.

Downloads

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Data as a DwC-A file download 62,771 records in English (5 MB) - Update frequency: unknown
Metadata as an EML file download in English (9 KB)
Metadata as an RTF file download in English (7 KB)

Versions

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How to cite

Researchers should cite this work as follows:

Moore Laboratory of Zoology (MLZ)

Rights

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The publisher and rights holder of this work is Moore Laboratory of Zoology. To the extent possible under law, the publisher has waived all rights to these data and has dedicated them to the Public Domain (CC0 1.0). Users may copy, modify, distribute and use the work, including for commercial purposes, without restriction.

GBIF Registration

This resource has been registered with GBIF, and assigned the following GBIF UUID: 905589dd-1f8f-4aee-95e6-5672466e348d.  Moore Laboratory of Zoology publishes this resource, and is itself registered in GBIF as a data publisher endorsed by U.S. Geological Survey.

Keywords

Occurrence; Specimen

Contacts

Who created the resource:

John McCormack
Director/Curator
Moore Laboratory of Zoology 1600 Campus Road, Occidental College 90041 Los Angeles CA US (323) 259-1352
http://faculty.oxy.edu/mccormack/

Who can answer questions about the resource:

John McCormack
Director/Curator
Moore Laboratory of Zoology 1600 Campus Road, Occidental College 90041 Los Angeles CA US (323) 259-1352
http://faculty.oxy.edu/mccormack/

Who filled in the metadata:

John McCormack
Director/Curator
Moore Laboratory of Zoology 1600 Campus Road, Occidental College 90041 Los Angeles CA US (323) 259-1352
http://faculty.oxy.edu/mccormack/

Who else was associated with the resource:

Programmer
Laura Russell
VertNet Programmer
Programmer
David Bloom
VertNet Coordinator
Programmer
John Wieczorek
Information Architect
Museum of Vertebrate Zoology at UC Berkeley
Point Of Contact
Dusty McDonald
Arctos Database Programmer
University of Alaska Museum
http://arctos.database.museum
Content Provider
James Maley
Collections Manager
Moore Laboratory of Zoology 1600 Campus Road, Occidental College 90041 Los Angeles CA US (323) 259-1320
http://www.oxy.edu/moore-lab-zoology

Geographic Coverage

The MLZ bird collection is global, with the largest holdings are from Mexico (50,000 specimens) and Ecuador (6,100 specimens). Other geographic strengths include Honduras (2,200 specimens), Guatemala (1,200 specimens), and Costa Rica (1,200 specimens). Most parts of Mexico are well-represented with the exception of Baja California and the Yucatan Peninsula.

Bounding Coordinates South West [-90, -180], North East [90, 180]

Taxonomic Coverage

Taxonomic strengths of the MLZ bird collection include Emberizidae (11,699), Tyrannidae (7,552), Trochilidae (6,954), Troglodytidae (2,846), Psittacidae (734), and Trogonidae (463). Robert T. Moore described nearly all the 81 bird holotypes, paratypes, and topotypes currently present.

Class  Aves

Temporal Coverage

Living Time Period 1830-present

Additional Metadata

http://vertnet.org/resources/norms.html

Alternative Identifiers 905589dd-1f8f-4aee-95e6-5672466e348d
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