Condition of the Sasaki/Albatross Cephalopod Collection at the US National Museum of Natural History
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Condition of the Sasaki/Albatross Cephalopod Collection at the US National Museum of Natural History

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  • Journal Title:
    Marine Fisheries Review
  • Description:
    The Sasaki collection considered here consists of cephalopods examined

    by Madoka Sasaki following the 1906 expedition of the U.S. Fish Commission Steamer Albatross in the northwest Pacific Ocean (Dunn, 1996). This collection was entrusted to Sasaki

    (Fig. 1), who at the time had begun a monograph on the Japanese Cephalopoda (Sasaki, 1929). Over the next 14 years, he went through the specimens,

    classifying them and describing new taxa. These specimens, because they were collected on an American ship, were sent to the United States National

    Museum (USNM; hence catalog numbers begin with USNM) at the Smithsonian Institution, now known as the National Museum of Natural History

    (NMNH). In 2015, the triennial meeting of the Cephalopod International Advisory Council (CIAC) included a workshop on the taxonomic work of Sasaki.

    In preparation for the workshop, this project recurated and assessed the condition of the specimens in the Sasaki

    collection at NMNH and photographically documented the type specimens

    from this collection, in accordance with the Smithsonian’s goal of digitizing large portions of the NMNH Invertebrate Zoology collection

  • Source:
    Marine Fisheries Review, 80(4)
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