Moore Laboratory of Zoology Fish specimens (Arctos)
Latest version published by Moore Laboratory of Zoology on 9 November 2021 Moore Laboratory of Zoology

The Vantuna Research Group’s (VRG) fish collection, now integrated into the Moore Laboratory of Zoology collection, is located at Occidental College in Los Angeles, California. The fish collection totals nearly 600,000 specimens and includes whole organisms (>20,000), larvae (>550,000), tissue samples (6,236), otoliths (19,458), gonads (676), and vertebrae (126). The collection was established by Dr. John S. Stephens in 1960. Stephens and his mentee, Dr. Dan Pondella, the current VRG Director, worked together on rocky-reef fishes of the eastern Pacific. Stephens described the family of Chaenopsidae and Pondella specialized in phylogenetic systematics of bass and groupers. The vast majority of the collection’s specimens are from the Southern California Bight and together encompass the full spatial extent of the southern California rocky reef ecosystem. Taxonomic strengths of the collection, excluding larvae specimens, include Sciaenidae (13,765), Atherinopsidae (3,199), Sebastidae (1,740), Embiotocidae (1,628), and Serranidae (837). Most of the larvae specimens were collected as part of an ongoing study and represent over 45 years of monthly collections—this is one of the largest and longest time-series collections of nearshore fish larvae in the region. Taxonomic strengths of this larvae collection include Gobiidae (166,507), Blenniidae (130,666), Pomacentridae (83,558), and Labrisomidae (52,767).

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Data Records

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1 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.

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    21948
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Moore Laboratory of Zoology, Vantuna Research Group (Arctos)

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Keywords

Occurrence; Specimen; Occurrence

Contacts

Who created the resource:

Zoe Scholz
Research Assistant
Occidental College - Moore Laboratory of Zoology
1600 Campus Road
90041 Los Angeles
CA
US

Who can answer questions about the resource:

Zoe Scholz
Research Assistant
Occidental College - Moore Laboratory of Zoology
1600 Campus Road
90041 Los Angeles
CA
US

Who filled in the metadata:

Zoe Scholz
Research Assistant
Occidental College - Moore Laboratory of Zoology
1600 Campus Road
90041 Los Angeles
CA
US

Who else was associated with the resource:

Programmer
David Bloom
VertNet Coordinator
http://www.vertnet.org
Programmer
John Wieczorek
Information Architect
http://www.vertnet.org
Curator
Daniel Pondella
Director
Occidental College - Vantuna Research Group
1600 Campus Road
90041 Los Angeles
CA
US
3232592955
Point Of Contact
Chelsea Williams
Research Associate
Occidental College - Vantuna Research Group
1600 Campus Road
90041 Los Angeles
CA
US
Point Of Contact
Jonathan Williams
Research Scientist
Occidental College - Vantuna Research Group
1600 Campus Road
90041 Los Angeles
CA
US
Programmer
Dusty McDonald
Lead Programmer
Arctos
http://dustymc@gmail.com
Geographic Coverage

The collection has global coverage. The vast majority of the specimens in the collection are from the Southern California Bight and together encompass the full spatial extent of the southern California rocky reef ecosystem.

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

No Description available

Class  Actinopterygii,  Chondrichthyes,  Petromyzontida,  Myxini,  Sarcopterygii,  Leptocardii
Temporal Coverage
Start Date / End Date 1938-01-01 / 2021-01-01
Additional Metadata

http://vertnet.org/resources/norms.html; Arctos Data Ownership and Use: http://arctosdb.org/home/data/

Alternative Identifiers 415cdd20-b2a4-45b1-8918-b6a4bf188ffe
http://ipt.vertnet.org:8080/ipt/resource?r=mlz_fish