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Museum of Southwestern Biology Receives Endangered Species
Southwest Region, March 2, 2005
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The Dexter National Fish Hatchery & Technology Center (Center) shipped over 66 frozen specimens from eight different species on March 2, 2005 to the Museum of Southwestern Biology (Museum) at the University of New Mexico. These fish ranged from the Chihuahuan chub to the Big Bend gambusia and were from the 2000 to 2004 year class.

This is a unique agreement between the Center and the Museum that was entered upon in December of 2003. Shipments of fish began in July of 2004 and over 104 frozen specimens have been shipped to date.

The Museum offers a unique service both to the Center and to the public. Once received by the Museum, tissues are taken from each specimen and kept in a frozen tissue collection at the Museum. The specimen is then fixed in formalin and then transferred to their ethanol voucher collections.

This program allows UNM students an opportunity to see, sometimes for the first time, these different types of species. Researchers have contacted the Museum and specimens provided by the Center have been used in research at Cal State and other Universities. Through this agreement the Center has been able to participate in the conservation biology of endangered species.

Contact Info: Martin Valdez, 505-248-6599, martin_valdez@fws.gov
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