The Van Voast-American Museum of Natural History Bahama Islands Expedition : record of the expedition and general features of the islands. American Museum novitates ; no. 1836

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dc.contributor.author Rabb, George Bernard, 1930- en_US
dc.contributor.author Hayden, Ellis B. en_US
dc.contributor.author Van Voast-American Museum of Natural History Bahama Islands Expedition (1952-1953) en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2005-10-06T17:47:47Z
dc.date.available 2005-10-06T17:47:47Z
dc.date.issued 1957 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2246/4700
dc.description 53 p. : ill., map ; 24 cm. en_US
dc.description Includes bibliographical references (p. 48-53). en_US
dc.description.abstract "In the 20 weeks from December, 1952, to May, 1953, spent in the Bahamas, the Van Voast-American Museum of Natural History Bahama Islands Expedition collected 48,500 insects and arachnids, 2106 reptiles, 684 amphibians, and 67 mammals. With the exclusion of the arachnids, the composition is: Insects: Thysanura, 50; Collembola, 100; Orthoptera, 470; Isoptera, 500; Neuroptera, 140; Ephemeroptera, 5; Odonata, 300; Corrodentia, 92; Thysanoptera, 50; Hemiptera, 6,560; Homoptera, 5,970; Dermaptera, 78; Coleoptera, 9,450; Trichoptera, 2; Lepidoptera, 8,330; Diptera, 11,980; Hymenoptera, 1,850. Reptiles: Anolis, 991; Leiocephalus, 518; Ameiva, 249; Sphaerodactylus, 202; Cyclura, 63; Tarentola, 14; Aristelliger, 12; Mabuya, 11; Alsophis, 12; Tropidophis, 9; Epicrates, 4; Pseudemys, 21. Amphibians: Eleutherodactylus, 411; Hyla, 273. Mammals: Artibeus, 32; Erophylla, 27; Macrotus, 5; Geocapromys, 3. Cold, dry weather and high winds during the first seven weeks contributed to the poor entomological and herpetological collecting results. Evidence of this is that we collected a many insects during the last two weeks as we did during the first six weeks. Our collecting sites, with their latitudes, longitudes, dates, and locations on the map (fig. 1) are given in table 3. This expedition made the first comprehensive entomological survey of the Bahamas, added many new locality records for the reptiles and amphibians, and substantially augmented the existing series of Bahama herpetological material. With the exception of Great Exuma Island, the Ragged Island Group, and Samana Cay, the expedition collected on all the major islands and island groups in the Bahamas. Collections made between May and October would greatly help to complement our material. Likewise, intensive work on individual islands, such as that described by Vaurie (1952), Howard (1950), and Oliver (1948) for Bimini, will be necessary in order to gain a clearer understanding of the Bahama biota"--P. 45-47. en_US
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dc.language eng en_US
dc.language.iso en_US
dc.publisher New York, N.Y. : American Museum of Natural History en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries American Museum novitates ; no. 1836 en_US
dc.subject.lcc QL1 .A436 no.1836, 1957 en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Van Voast-American Museum of Natural History Bahama Islands Expedition -- (1952-1953) en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Natural history -- Bahamas. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Scientific expeditions -- Bahamas. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Animals -- Bahamas. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Bahamas -- Description and travel. en_US
dc.title The Van Voast-American Museum of Natural History Bahama Islands Expedition : record of the expedition and general features of the islands. American Museum novitates ; no. 1836 en_US
dc.title.alternative Bahama Islands en_US
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    Novitates (Latin for "new acquaintances"), published continuously and numbered consecutively since 1921, are short papers that contain descriptions of new forms and reports in zoology, paleontology, and geology. New numbers are published at irregular intervals.

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