Mammal Hair Sample Collection (NEON-MHSC)

Hair sample collected from a small mammal during small mammal sampling (NEON sample class: mam_pertrapnight_in.hairSampleID). 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. Hair samples are archived at -80 degrees Celsius in moisture-excluding durable plastic containers. See TOS Protocol and Procedure: Small Mammal Sampling ( for more information about this sample class. NEON datasets ( associated with this sample class include Small Mammal Box Trapping and Small Mammal Sequences DNA Barcode.
Contact: NEON Biorepository (
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Collection Type: Preserved Specimens
Management: Live Data managed directly within data portal
Global Unique Identifier: 4979149d-fc28-46d7-b17b-352c5b77a78b
Digital Metadata: EML File
Usage Rights: CC0 1.0 (Public-domain)
Collection Statistics
  • 1,396 specimen records
  • 1,396 (100%) georeferenced
  • 1,176 (84%) identified to species
  • 3 families
  • 12 genera
  • 18 species
  • 18 total taxa (including subsp. and var.)
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