Smithsonian Venezuelan Project, Merlin D. Tuttle 1967 (including species accounts : 29 Jan - 20 Jan 1966, 3 Mar - Jun 1967 ) journal

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The journal and species accounts document the field work of Merlin D. Tuttle for the Smithsonian Venezuelan Project, 1966 - 1967. Much of the content discusses bat anatomy and their roosts in hollow trees. Entries are headed with location (combination of region, geological landmark), and some are undated. Entries describe communities visited (Maiqueritari) and missions, weather and rainfall, extensive details of terrain (elevation) and vegetation, rivers. There are sillustrations of trees used as roost for bats; these include notes about the bats collected and details and measurements of the trees. Species accounts are headed with scientific name, and entries are headed with location and date, followed by descriptions habitat (nests, types and detailed descriptions of vegetation, terrain and elevation) and specimen collected. Specimen descriptions include specimen number, diet, quantity, sex, color and characteristics, measurements, preparation, descriptions and illustrations of anatomy of bats with notes, and hand drawn maps of collecting sites with notes indicating landmarks and vegetation.|Locations include Amazonas, Estado Miranda, El Dorado, Esmeralda, Urama.

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  • Bats
  • Mammalogy




  • Fieldbook record
  • Field notes
  • Illustrations

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