Entomology Inventory (CAS-INV)

Thanks to generous support from the National Science Foundation, Department of Entomology has inventoried and databased all of the species names in the entire pinned insect collection. This species-level database includes 6,530,693 specimens representing approximately 250,000 taxa. It does not include information on groups of arthropods normally kept in alcohol with the exception of the Trichoptera (caddis-flies) and Embiidina (web-spinners). It also does not include information on specimens out on loan (more than 1,000,000 specimens), and the approximately 4 million specimens gathered as part of the Madagascar Arthropod Biodiversity Project.
Contact: Chris Grinter (cgrinter@calacademy.org)
Collection Type: Observations
Management: Live Data managed directly within data portal
Global Unique Identifier: ad33cb7c-b2e3-469e-98fc-c8bfe28c3eca
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Digital Metadata: EML File
Rights Holder: California Academy of Sciences
Collection Statistics
  • 553,985 specimen records
  • 7,645 (1%) georeferenced
  • 189,063 (34%) identified to species
  • 804 families
  • 8,034 genera
  • 29,658 species
  • 31,710 total taxa (including subsp. and var.)
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