Entomology (CASC-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, Michelle Trautwein, and Lauren Esposito, and collection manager Chris Grinter, today's department includes scholars, curatorial staff, postdoctoral researchers, and students comprising a broad range of expertise.

Contacts: 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
Digital Metadata: EML File
Usage Rights: CC0 (Public-domain)
Rights Holder: California Academy of Sciences
California Academy of Sciences
55 Music Concourse Dr.
San Francisco, CA   94118
United States
Collection Statistics
  • 327,204 specimen records
  • 130,227 (40%) georeferenced
  • 588 (0.18%) with images (1,657 total images)
  • 207,531 (63%) identified to species
  • 789 families
  • 2,696 genera
  • 5,558 species
  • 5,643 total taxa (including subsp. and var.)
Extra Statistics