MSB Parasite Collection (Arctos)

Latest version published by Museum of Southwestern Biology on Apr 18, 2024 Museum of Southwestern Biology

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The MSB Division of Parasitology is a collection of primarily metazoan endoparasites, especially helminths, including the personal collection of Robert L. Rausch and Virginia R. Rausch. The Rausch material, plus specimens from the Beringian Coevolution Project, make this an important aggregation of western arctic and subarctic parasites. It vouchers an active program in global schistosome diversity, as well as Long-Term Ecological Research at the Sevilleta National Wildife Refuge.

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Occurrence (core)

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Sara Brant
  • Metadata Provider
  • Originator
  • Point Of Contact
Senior Collection Manager, Parasites
Museum of Southwestern Biology
University of New Mexico
87131-0001 Albuquerque
(505) 277-8171
Laura Russell
  • Programmer
VertNet Programmer
David Bloom
  • Programmer
VertNet Coordinator
John Wieczorek
  • Programmer
Information Architect
Museum of Vertebrate Zoology at UC Berkeley
Dusty McDonald
  • Point Of Contact
Arctos Database Programmer
University of Alaska Museum
Eric Loker
  • Point Of Contact
Curator of Parasites
Museum of Southwestern Biology
University of New Mexico
87131-0001 Albuquerque
(505) 277-2124
Mariel Campbell
  • Point Of Contact
Collection Manager, Division of Genetic Resources and Assistant to Division of Parasites
Museum of Southwestern Biology
University of New Mexico
87131-0001 Albuquerque

Geographic Coverage

The MSB parasite collection is global, but with strongest representation from Arctic and Boreal regions and from the Southwestern United States (specifically New Mexico).

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

Taxonomic Coverage

Parasites of birds and mammals primarily, including a multi-continent collection of horsehair worms and avian Schistosomes.

Class Cestoda, Secernentea, Coccidia, Trematoda, Arachnida, Adenophorea, Insecta, Archiacanthocephala, Chromadorea, Gordioida, Maxillopoda, Palaeacanthocephala, Sporozoa, Kinetoplastea, Neoophora, Malacostraca, Magnoliopsida

Temporal Coverage

Living Time Period 1945 to present

Additional Metadata

Alternative Identifiers 78ff8409-15b9-456f-9793-291b030190a7