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Super Pato shows advantages of whole-organism sampling

Anas-cyanoptera-KGM-486-300x218The use of voucher specimens often goes well beyond the initial intentions of the collector, such as the case of UAM 19003 (Anas cyanoptera, cinnamon teal).   In a recent post by Kevin Winkler of the University of Alaska Museum of the North, UAM 19003 was shown to have been a part of 7 different publications, including several documenting avian influenza in South America.  For another superb example of specimen longevity, see Dunnum and Cook 2012.