Entomology (CAS-ENT)

Insects and arachnids account for more than four-fifths of all described species in the world. By participating in everything from multi-disciplinary biodiversity surveys to focused, ongoing projects around the globe, Academy entomologists continue to add to that number — and to our understanding of insect and arachnid roles and relationships — each and every year. Since the department's founding in 1862, our collection has grown to become one of the three largest entomology collections in North America, encompassing approximately 250,000 species of insects, myriapods, and arachnids. Led by curators Brian Fisher, Lauren Esposito, and Michelle Trautwein, today's department includes scholars, students, and support staff comprising a broad range of expertise.
Contact: Chris Grinter (cgrinter@calacademy.org)
Collection Type: Preserved Specimens
Management: Live Data managed directly within data portal
Global Unique Identifier: 85c49aae-d077-47ee-afd4-ad3f153faab6
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Digital Metadata: EML File
Rights Holder: California Academy of Sciences
California Academy of Sciences
55 Music Concourse Dr.
San Francisco, CA   94118
United States
Collection Statistics
  • 264,514 occurrence
  • 63,390 (24%) georeferenced
  • 45 (0.02%) with images
  • 164,091 (62%) identified to species
  • 398 families
  • 1,231 genera
  • 2,771 species
  • 2,831 total taxa (including subsp. and var.)
Extra Statistics