Mammal Ear Tissue Collection (NEON-METC)

Ear punch sample collected from a small mammal during small mammal sampling (NEON sample class: mam_pertrapnight_in.earSampleID). The goal of the NEON small mammal sampling is to document the diversity, population sizes, and pathogen prevalence of small mammals through time. These parameters are assessed through a mark-recapture live trapping study (using Sherman live traps) and associated tissue collection. Each pathogen grid at terrestrial sites is trapped for 3 consecutive nights within a sampling period, while the remaining grids (i.e., diversity grids) are sampled for only one night within a sampling period. Sampling occurs year-round at a monthly (at core sites only) or approximately every other month frequency (at relocatable sites), if resources are available and winter weather conditions permit. A subset of captured small mammals have tissues sampled (ear punch) for DNA analysis. A subset of those tissue samples are sent to the Canadian Centre for DNA Barcoding and the remaining samples are archived in the NEON Biorepository at -80 degrees Celsius. Ear punches are collected once per life of an individual. See TOS Protocol and Procedure: Small Mammal Sampling (https://data.neonscience.org/documents) for more information about this sample class. NEON datasets (https://data.neonscience.org/home) associated with this sample class include Small Mammal Box Trapping and Small Mammal Sequences DNA Barcode.. See TOS Protocol and Procedure: Small Mammal Sampling (https://data.neonscience.org/documents) for more information about this sample class. NEON datasets (https://data.neonscience.org/home) associated with this sample class include Small Mammal Box Trapping and Small Mammal Sequences DNA Barcode.
Contact: NEON Biorepository (biorepo@asu.edu)
Home Page: https://biorepo.neonscience.org/
Collection Type: Preserved Specimens
Management: Live Data managed directly within data portal
Global Unique Identifier: 0c05a0d9-8b84-4c16-9124-e48983c7daf2
Digital Metadata: EML File
Usage Rights: CC0 1.0 (Public-domain)
Collection Statistics
  • 3,083 specimen records
  • 3,083 (100%) georeferenced
  • 102 BOLD references
  • 3,040 (99%) identified to species
  • 5 families
  • 16 genera
  • 40 species
  • 40 total taxa (including subsp. and var.)
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