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 6,623,710 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 partially 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.
Contact: 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
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Digital Metadata: EML File
Rights Holder: California Academy of Sciences
Collection Statistics
  • 564,657 occurrence
  • 7,645 (1%) georeferenced
  • 13 (0%) with images
  • 192,881 (34%) identified to species
  • 891 families
  • 8,306 genera
  • 30,748 species
  • 32,937 total taxa (including subsp. and var.)
Extra Statistics
Geographic Distribution
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