G. L. Ranck 842 - 1962 Libya catalog and trapline log

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The field catalog and field journal document the mammal specimens collected by G. L. Ranck for the Smithsonian Institution African Mammal Project, November 11, 1961 - June 23, 1962. Entries are headed with dates and locality (combination of country, region, geological landmark, sometimes elevation, and distance from). Details include specimen list, sex, name, USNM catalog number, and 4 measurements. Sometimes additional information includes notes on quantity and measurements of embryos, specimen preparation, age, and specimen characteristics. Locations are in Libya. Includes lizard and turtle specimens. |Field journal is paginated (1 - 74) and covers specimens collected (quantity and type), habitat, routes, campsites, weather, daily work, sometimes temperatures (minimum and maximum). Topics are broken out with headings including trapline (type and quantity of traps), habitat, trapping results, vegetation, and general observations.

Date Range


Start Date

Nov 11, 1961

End Date

Jun 23, 1962

Access Information

At least 24 hours advance notice is recommended to consult this collection. Contact the Division of Mammals at 202-633-1253 to make an appointment.


  • Herpetology
  • Mammalogy




  • Fieldbook record
  • Field notes

Accession #

SIA Acc. 12-444

Collection name

Division of Mammals, Smithsonian Institution African Mammal Project, 1961 - 1972

Physical Description

1 field book

Physical Location

National Museum of Natural History (U.S.). Division of Mammals