Smithsonian Venezuelan Project, Merlin D. Tuttle, 4 August - 15 August 1965 (including species accounts) journal

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The journal and species accounts document the field work of Merlin D. Tuttle for the Smithsonian Venezuelan Project, August 4 - 15, 1965. Begins with species accounts. These vary in length and content. They are organized by type (scientific name), and include a combination of categories: date range, number of specimens obtained, habitat (vegetation types and measurements), food (bait used), reproduction (quantity, sex, ages, measurements of specimens), habits (whether nocturnal, favored habitat, location of nests), morphology (specimen appearance / characteristics), and other observations. Location information includes town or region, distance from, and elevation. Journal entries are dated and headed with location, sometimes specifying nearby structures (i.e. guest house). They describe collecting sites, travel details, daily activities and time of day, interactions with colleagues, collecting methods (type, quantity, location, time of day), weather, phase of moon, vegetation, habitat, specimens collected (sometimes with specimen number written above), and photographs taken. Journal entries are recorded on reverse side of loose leaf pages, with notes about collecting sites and results on the reverse side. There are hand drawn maps of collecting sites. Sites were in vicinity of Caracas [Distrito Federal].

Date Range


Start Date

Aug 04, 1965

End Date

Aug 15, 1966

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.




  • Venezuela
  • Distrito Federal


  • Fieldbook record
  • Field notes
  • Maps

Accession #

SIA Acc. 12-449

Collection name

Division of Mammals, Smithsonian Venezuelan Project, 1965 - 1968

Physical Description

1 field book

Physical Location

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