Smithsonian Venezuelan Project, Merlin D. Tuttle 21 September - 17 November 1965 (including unspecified 1966 dates) journal

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The journal documents the field work of Merlin D. Tuttle for the Smithsonian Venezuelan Project, September 21 - November 17, 1965 and unspecified 1966 dates. Begins with undated materials including hand drawn maps and list of net locations with details about vegetation and terrain. Entries are headed with date and location (combination of town, distance from). Entries describe travel details (routes, destination), daily activities and times of day, interactions with colleagues and local inhabitants, specimens collected (quantity and type including scientific name, sometimes time of day and specimen numbers), collecting methods (bait, type, quantity, location), terrain and vegetation (type and height), fauna observed, photographs taken, local staffing, and specimen preparation. Sites are numbered and described in entries under headings. There are hand drawn maps with notes for numbered sites throughout. There is an additional page written in 1966 to ameliorate loss of several field book pages. Locations include vicinity of Boca de Yaracuy and Urama.

Date Range


Start Date

Aug 21, 1965

End Date


Access Information

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  • Venezuela
  • Boca de Yaracuy


  • 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