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Cleaning paddlefish skull - without bugs???

Discussion in 'Skulls and Skeletons' started by ElephasMaximus, Sep 11, 2013.

  1. Just today I salvaged those 2 paddlefish heads.
    They were the former residents of my city zoo, and rested in the freezer for a loooong time (several years).
    Unfortunately, their unique long opercula are damaged, since the heads are cut too short.
    Nevetheless, they should be preserved - we haven't many paddlefishes in Russia.
    How hard would it be to clean them if bugs aren't available? (I have some, but it's the wrong species, one that destroys insect collections - not a flesh-eater.)
    I didn't work with acipenseriformes yet, and their skulls surely contain much cartilage. So... hardcore hand-cleaning and freeze-drying?
    The whole skull needs to be preserved, not just a snout with braincase.

  2. Sea Wolf

    Sea Wolf Well-Known Member

    They really need to be bugged I think. The paddle is a delicate honeycomb. I think if you try to macerate it there will be much material caught inside. Possibly not. I have yet to clean one myself and am still searching for one.
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  3. Sea Wolf

    Sea Wolf Well-Known Member

    Wondering how you managed with these even though it's been a while. It's paddlefish season here and lots of folks want to be cleaning one.
  4. I made wet specimens. Paddlefish is now farmed in Russia a lot more than in 2013 so I may get a bigger head in better quality.
    Tnrandy likes this.