Smithsonian Venezuelan Project, Merlin D. Tuttle 2 February - ? 1966 (including A. L. Tuttle 1966) localities 10 -24 journal

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The journal documents the field work of Merlin D. Tuttle for the Smithsonian Venezuelan Project, February 2 - 21, 1966, and undated. Entries initially begin with date ranges and location (distance from town or region). Entries describe daily work, logistics, interaction with colleagues, and travel plans. Beginning with February 9th, entries focus on listing the results of collecting activities. These detail specimens collected (type, quantity), collecting method (type, time of day or night, location), range of time collecting, sometimes with totals per category. There are hand drawn maps of numbered collecting sites and with extensive notes. After the first map, entries are organized by heading per numbered collecting site, followed with description of site (vegetation, landmarks, terrain) and collecting completed (methods and resulting specimens) and additional information like observations of flora and fauna (appearance, diet, behavior). Sometimes in entries will list specimen scientific name, sex, type, quantity, and age. Collecting sites were around accommodations, and reference these as landmarks in entries. These include along Orinoco and Mavaca River. |Notes on Locality 10 -24 cover dates March 1 - 29, 1967, and include notes on similar details at Boca Mavaca as described above . There are descriptions and sketches of vegetation including hollow trees serving as habitat for bats. There are totals and tables for collecting (birds, frogs, lizards, snakes, mammals).|Notes on 1967 are followed by more entries for 1966, organized by collecting site, with tabs along side per location. These include hand drawn maps throughout noting vegetation and landmarks. Locations are at a variety of sites in Venezuela.

Date Range


Start Date

Feb 02, 1966

End Date

Mar 29, 1967

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.


  • Animals
  • Herpetology
  • Birds
  • Mammalogy
  • Ornithology


  • Venezuela
  • Boca Mavaca
  • Mavaca, Río
  • Río Orinoco


  • 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