Entomology Inventory (CASC-INV)

Thanks to generous support from the National Science Foundation, the Department of Entomology has inventoried and databased all of the species names in the entire pinned insect collection. This species-level database includes 6,623,710 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 (caddisflies) and part of the Embioptera (webspinners). It also does not include information on specimens out on loan (more than 1 million specimens), and the approximately 4 million specimens gathered as part of the Madagascar Arthropod Biodiversity Project.

Contacts: Chris Grinter, cgrinter@calacademy.org
Collection Type: Preserved Specimens
Management: Live Data managed directly within data portal
Global Unique Identifier: ad33cb7c-b2e3-469e-98fc-c8bfe28c3eca
Digital Metadata: EML File
Rights Holder: California Academy of Sciences
Collection Statistics
  • 570,702 specimen records
  • 7,629 (1%) georeferenced
  • 19 (0%) with images (82 total images)
  • 205,515 (36%) identified to species
  • 909 families
  • 9,164 genera
  • 34,394 species
  • 36,763 total taxa (including subsp. and var.)
Extra Statistics