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-Once your specimen has died and you are ready to display it, carefully remove it from the jar using tweezers. Then, carefully insert a needle/pin through the body and pin it to the Styrofoam of your shoebox. The specimens need to be organized in some way—for example, one box for Phylum Arthropoda with each class separated from the others and the orders (for those required) labeled as well (see pic below for example)—each of these need to be labeled. Next to the specimen, you’ll need to affix a neat label of some sort that has the specimen’s species name. Kingdom Plantae : These are to be pressed and placed in the binder. You need to have the leaves and flower (if applicable) in the press and a photo of the entire organism present on your page. You can accomplish this by taking your specimen and putting it between twopieces of newspaper (no colored paper) inside of a phone book or some other really heavy, flat text. Leave it there for a minimum of three weeks—this means you probably ought to get cracking on the plants! Be careful how you place them in there because once it’s dry, you won’t be able to move the plant parts into different positions.
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Kingdom Fungi and Phylum Chordata : these only need to have pictures for the page display in your binder. Binder Contents: Everything should be in sheet protectors. -Introduction prior to each taxonomic group that explains the characteristics of the group (for example, prior to all your chordate photos you need to have one page which details the characteristics of the phyla) -Photos of ALL specimens with descriptions that include the following: -Full classification (Domain species); description of identifying characteristics of the species; location of specimen when found; -Citations -Since you probably will not know all of these things, you’ll need to refer to various websites for information regarding identifiable characteristics, taxonomic classification, and so on. You do not have to parenthetically cite, but you will need to have a citation at the bottom of each page; it should be done in MLA format.
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  • Fall '12
  • Mr.McClain
  • Biology, Work, Phylum, Encyclopædia Britannica, Britannica Online School

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