[Annelida] Senckenberg collection of Polychaeta online

Dieter Fiege via annelida%40net.bio.net (by Dieter.Fiege from senckenberg.de)
Wed Apr 29 07:15:34 EST 2009

Dear colleagues,

with great pleasure I would like to inform you that collection data
regarding Senckenbergs' collection of Polychaeta have been successfully
transferred to the database SeSam (= Senckenberg Sammlungen). Access to
data of our 13000 lots of Polychaeta is now available online through the
web via http://sesam.senckenberg.de 

For guidelines on how to use the database I include some instructions

I would like to encourage you to make use of this biological archive
for your research, e.g. through loans, but also help develop it by the
deposition of specimens, especially type specimens. Senckenberg has a
long tradition in natural history research and the development and
curation of scientific collections. Although the polychaete collection
is still relatively young the number of specimens in it is growing

The transfer of collection data would not have been possible without
the help of Ruth Barnich and financial support by the Walter und Erika
Datz-Stiftung. I gratefully acknowledge their support.

Collections of other groups of worms but also echinoderms will follow -
hopefully soon.

I hope you will consider the database a useful tool.



Dr. Dieter Fiege
Curator for Marine Invertebrates (Polychaeta)
Senckenberg Research Institute and Natural History Museum
Senckenberganlage 25
D-60325 Frankfurt/Main
ph: +49-(0)69-7542 1265
Fax: +49-(0)69-746238


How to use the database SESAM

1. enter the database via http://sesam.senckenberg.de/ 
2. choose your preferred language
3. the next screen shows the collections currently available through
SESAM. For a search check the menue bar on the left and click
4. on the next screen please select the taxonomic group you are
interested in by clicking on the respective name in the collections
window (for example “Polychaeta - SMF”). Thus your search will be
restricted to the polychaete collection. For a quick search please fill
in one of the windows fields, i. e. a catalogue number, a specific
genus, species etc. Then press Return (For a more detailed search please
click on “extended search”)
5. the next screen, will show you the results of your search. If more
than 20 lots match your query, these are presented in portions
containing 20 lots each. They are numerically arranged by increasing
catalogue number
6. if you click on the catalogue number you will enter the specific
data set (sometimes you have to close/move the original search result to
view the data set since it is displayed on a new screen). The screen
shows the “Summary sheet” for the specific data set but you can
switch to e.g. “Taxonomy and specimen data”, “Locality data”,
etc. just by clicking on the respective card. Cards are arranged like in
a card folder.

Example for a basic search:
You are looking for the specimens of the polychaete genus Harmothoe
housed in the Senckenberg.

start with step 4, i.e. you have already entered the “Search
5. fill in the “genus window” with Harmothoe and press return
6. your result is 560 lots of Harmothoe represented in the database
7. click on catalogue number 712 and you receive the data for specimens
of Harmothoe praeclara (HASWELL 1882)

Example for an extended search:
You want to know which species of the polychaete family Polynoidae are
present in the collection
start with step 4, i. e. you have already entered the “Search
5. click on “Extended search”, and you enter the extended search
6. select your group, i.e. “Polychaeta-SMF”
7. mark the box “Taxonomy”
8. go to “Field”, open the pulldown menue and click on “Taxonomic
9. a screen called “Biosystematic Search assistant” appears. Type
the requested taxon into the blank box, in this case Polynoidae. Click
“Start search”
10. The search result is two-fold, 1. Polynoidae and Polynoidae indet,
simply click on the Polynoidae, and the expression will be copied into
your query form. (If you click on “+” before the respective result
you will see more information, in this case a list of the genera
comprised incl. those represented in the collection)
11. click “OK” to validate the search for this family
12. then click “start search” and the species of Polynoidae
represented in the collection appear
13. click on catalogue number 712 and you receive the data for
specimens of Harmothoe praeclara (HASWELL 1882)
14. for a new extended search you must first clear the parameters in
the line “Searchvalues” by clicking on all “l” on the right in
these lines. Now you can select the parameters for a new search

We hope, that after some exercise you will consider SeSam a practical
tool. It offers a large amount of information on specimens, authors,
literature, and biosystematics. Just keep on clicking…

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