Creating barcode reference records often begins with a collecting event in the field, but without the right techniques the specimen may never qualify as a high-quality barcode record. Come exchange information on field protocols!See More
Vincent,I am involved in DNA barcoding of Marine and brackishwater fin and shellfishes in the Gulf of Guinea coast and a Researcher with the Nigerian Institute for Oceanography & Marine Research. Could I have your current e-mail and telephone address for further contacts.
Hello Vincent! No, a picture is not acceptable as a voucher specimen. A voucher specimen is the specimen from which a DNA sample was derived. In the case of large mammals, a frozen tissue sample or skeleton would be appropriate voucher specimens. Barcode Data Standards:
The structured datafield for voucher specimens consists of three parts:
* The universally-recognized acronym for the institution that holds the voucher specimen,
* The institution’s code for the collection in which the voucher specimen is kept, and
* The unique catalog number (or other identifier) in the catalog of specimens in that collection.
By combining these three elements, the voucher specimen datafield should point to a unique specimen. A voucher specimen may be the source of many samples (frozen tissue, skeleton, DNA, etc.), and associating these samples with the original specimen can be a significant challenge.
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