The NSRL’s recent mammal collection houses more than 118,000 research specimens. Nearly 80% of these specimens are in the form of dried skin and/or skull and skeletal material preparations, while the rest are fluid-preserved specimens housed in a separate collection area. The dried skin and skeletal preparations are stored in 732 metal cabinets. These cabinets are specially designed to keep the specimens safe from UV light, dust, occasional insect pests, and other harmful agents. Every specimen is labeled with information concerning its species, sex, collector, preparator, collecting location, and other pieces of collecting data. Each specimen has also been given a catalog number and its data verified and entered into a searchable computer database. All specimens of the same species are stored together, organized by country, state, county, and finally catalog number. Groups of related species are housed in adjacent cases. As with the Genetic Resources Collection, the majority of these specimens in this collection are bar coded and a project is underway to bar code the rest to facilitate the retrieval of associated data and to reduce time and effort spent by the NSRL staff in maintaining an organized collection.
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The mammal collection represents a permanent record of the natural history of the Lubbock area, Texas, and the United States in general. In addition, through the efforts of faculty, research associates, and students of Texas Tech University, the fauna of many other countries, such as former Yugoslavia, Paraguay, Mexico, and Peru, are represented in the collections as well. Since 2001, multiple studies have been conducted in Ecuador, Honduras, and in the Ukraine, as well as continuing throughout Texas.
|Bounding Coordinates||South West [-90, -180], North East [90, 180]|
|Living Time Period||~1894-current year|
|Collection Name||Mammal Collection|
|Parent Collection Identifier||Not Applicable|
|Curatorial Units||Between 30,500 and 32,000 fluid-preserved specimens , Between 76,500 and 78,000 skin and/or skeletal prepped specimens|