Invert-E-Base Portal Natural History Collections and Observation Projects

Alabama Museum of Natural History Invertebrate Zoology Collection

The Invertebrate Zoology Collection contains over 23,000 catalogued lots of marine, freshwater, and terrestrial invertebrates and an estimated 10,000 additional lots of uncatalogued specimens. Particular strengths of the collection include diverse Antarctic marine invertebrates, freshwater mussels, and Aplacophora.

Curator: Kevin Kocot, kmkocot@ua.edu, 205-348-4052 (ORCID #: 0000-0002-8673-2688)
Collections Manager: Brooke Bogan, babogan@ua.edu
Collection Type: Preserved Specimens
Management: Data snapshot of local collection database
Last Update: 1 July 2024
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Digital Metadata: EML File


ASU-ASUMOC

Arizona State University Mollusk Collection

The ASU Mollusk Collection consists primarily of two collections donated by Chester W. Melville in 1966 (approximately 40,000 shells) and Edwin C. Roworth in 1982 (approximately 122,000 shells), with a collection of fossil shells donated by H. Kennedy and a few other small collections by several other individuals. For further information and to arrange a visit or loan, please contact Director of Biocollections Dr. Nico Franz (nico.franz@asu.edu), Volunteer Curator Dale Snyder (dseasheller@gmail.com), or Collection Manager Dr. Sangmi Lee (slee281@asu.edu).
Contacts: Dale Snyder, dseasheller@gmail.com
Collection Manager: Sangmi Lee, SLEE281@ASU.EDU (ORCID #: 0000-0002-9636-8242)
Collection Type: Preserved Specimens
Management: Live Data managed directly within data portal
Global Unique Identifier: 9601a6ab-d45a-4263-831b-11903d717a39
Digital Metadata: EML File


AUMNH-Invertebrates

Auburn University Museum of Natural History Invertebrates

The Auburn University Museum of Natural History Invertebrate Collection consists of a wide range of taxa from all over the world. Our geographic foci lie in the Southeast U.S., with the great biodiversity of crayfish in Alabama, and in Antarctica. We have had several donations from private collections which have increased the geographic scope of the collection, but most of our accessions have been through University research and affiliated persons. The invertebrate collection contains representatives of most non-molluscan phyla, with a concentration in crayfish, echinoderms, and annelids.
Invertebrate Collections Manager: Nusrat Noor, njn0012@auburn.edu
Collection Type: Preserved Specimens
Management: Data snapshot of local collection database
Last Update: 1 August 2023
Digital Metadata: EML File


AUMNH-Mollusks

Auburn University Museum of Natural History Mollusks

The Auburn University Museum of Natural History Mollusk Collection consists of a wide range of taxa from all over the world. Our geographic foci lie in the Southeast U.S., with the great biodiversity of freshwater mussels in Alabama, and in Antarctica. We also have a strong representation of Oceania from two private shell collections donated over the years. The majority of our accessions have been through University research and affiliated persons. The Mollusk Collection contains representatives of most molluskan groups, with a heavy concentration in unionids.
Invertebrate Collections Manager: Nusrat Noor, njn0012@auburn.edu
Collection Type: Preserved Specimens
Management: Data snapshot of local collection database
Last Update: 1 August 2023
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Digital Metadata: EML File

Australian Museum

Collection Type: Preserved Specimens
Management: Data snapshot of local collection database
Last Update: 4 August 2023
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Digital Metadata: EML File
Usage Rights: CC BY (Attribution)


BMNSM-BMSM

Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum Mollusk Collection

The Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum collection currently encompasses about 133,000 catalogued lots, the collection consists of a vast majority of dry specimens and a small component of fluid-preserved material. The collection is worldwide in scope, but has a strong emphasis on material from Florida and the eastern seaboard of the US, and, in particular, Southwest Florida and the adjacent Gulf Mexico waters.

Science Director & Curator: José H. Leal, jleal@shellmuseum.org (ORCID #: 0000-0002-3786-0368)
Collection Type: Preserved Specimens
Management: Data snapshot of local collection database
Last Update: 25 April 2024
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Digital Metadata: EML File


CAS-INVERT

California Academy of Sciences

Established in 1914, Invertebrate Zoology is one of the oldest departments in the Academy, representing more than 160 years of scientific research. In combining with the Department of Geology in 1982, it became home not only to the most diverse collections in the Academy—encompassing an enormous range specimens and strengths—but to a robust staff of curators, researchers, collection managers, students, and more. Through field and lab work, multi-disciplinary expeditions, and scientific publications, our scientists rigorously advance knowledge in their areas of expertise. From octocorals and opisthobranch mollusks to echinoderms and paleontology, our work—and the collections we maintain—is a vital piece of the Academy's overall efforts to explore, explain, and sustain life on Earth.
Contacts: Christina Piotrowski, CPiotrowski@calacademy.org
Collection Type: Preserved Specimens
Management: Data snapshot of local collection database
Last Update: 8 February 2024
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Digital Metadata: EML File


CM-Mollusks

Carnegie Museum of Natural History - Mollusks

The mollusk collection has been part of Carnegie Museum since it began in 1896, starting with the collection of George Clapp (honorary curator of malacology at Carnegie Museum). The current collection contains more than 150,000 lots (1.3 million specimens) from marine, freshwater, and land environments, from the mid-1800s to present, representing 6 of the 7 classes of mollusks, and with holdings from every continent and ocean, mostly from North America (75% of collection) and Europe (13% of collection). Taxonomic strengths are freshwater mussels (Unionoida) of North and South America (including the important collection of Arnold Ortmann, who literally wrote the book on North American Unionoida); terrestrial gastropods of North America, especially minute species (more specimens of the tiny Punctum minutissimum than all other museums combined) with the world’s largest collection of land snails from northern Appalachia; and the world’s largest collection of freshwater pill clams (Sphaeriidae, primarily from Victor Sterki and including more than 1000 type lots, still being cataloged). Many of our historical specimens of freshwater and terrestrial mollusks have some of the most detailed locality information compared to other museums. The specimen collection currently ranks 11th largest in USA. The current section head’s (curator of collections) expertise is land snails of North America.

Contacts: Timothy Pearce, PearceT@CarnegieMNH.Org
Collection Type: Preserved Specimens
Management: Data snapshot of local collection database
Last Update: 8 July 2024
Digital Metadata: EML File


CHAS-MAL

Chicago Academy of Sciences

The Chicago Academy of Sciences’ malacology collection consists of freshwater, marine, and terrestrial Mollusca, as well as specimens representing Echinodermata, Porifera, Brachiopoda, and Cnidaria. It is the third largest in the state of Illinois with approximately 15,000 specimens, split mainly between gastropods and bivalves. Many specimens are associated with Academy collectors, e.g. William Stimpson (1832-1872) or Frank C. Baker (1867-1942). Other major collectors include Elizabeth Emerson Atwater, William Wirt Calkins, Ruthven Deane, J. H. Handwerk, R. L. Lea, Howard N. Lyon, E. N. King, J. W. Velie, Frank Morley Woodruff, and Mrs. E. C. Wiswall. The collection consists mainly of North American varieties of mollusk, with a strong regional focus on the Midwest. Approximately 24% of domestic lots originated in Illinois. Academy expeditions in the late 1800s and early 1900s contributed a significant number of specimens from California and Florida, while a number of specimens collected by William Stimpson came from the eastern coast of the United States. Additional specimens originated in Bermuda, the Bahamas, Mexico, China, Indonesia, and Japan. Collection includes 7 holotypes and 50 syntypes, and specimens were primarily collected pre-1945.
Contacts: Dawn Roberts, collectionsinfo@naturemuseum.org
Collection Type: Preserved Specimens
Management: Data snapshot of local collection database
Last Update: 1 July 2024
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Digital Metadata: EML File


MUMAUP-MM

Colección de moluscos del Museo de Malacología de la Universidad de Panamá

La Colección de moluscos del Museo de Malacología de la universidad de Panamá (MUMAUP) es una unidad académica y de investigación que forma parte de la Facultad de Ciencias Naturales, Exactas y Tecnología de esta universidad y depende directamente del decanato. El museo adquiere, investiga y difunde información taxonomica, geografica y molecular sobre moluscos actuales y fósiles; nacionales y extranjeros; las preparaciones son en seco y liquido.

Curador: Dr. Darío Darío Córdoba González , dario.cordoba@up.ac.pa (ORCID #: 0000-0002-0693-4176)
Collection Type: Preserved Specimens
Management: Live Data managed directly within data portal
Global Unique Identifier: a14796b6-6f28-4b99-a452-d9fb43681356
Digital Metadata: EML File
Rights Holder: Universidad de Panamá


IIBZ-IIBZ-MOL

Colección malacológica del Instituto de Investigaciones Botánicas y Zoológicas Prof. Rafael M. Moscoso de 1957 a 2000

El presente conjunto de datos contiene las familias de moluscos terrestres y dulceacuícolas de la colección malacológica del Instituto de Investigaciones Botánicas y Zoológicas Prof. Rafael M. Moscoso recolectadas entre los años 1957 y 2000, abarcando 43 años de recolectas hechas por naturalistas reconocidos como Eugenio de Jesús Marcano. El total de registros es de 396,  correspondientes a 1 757 especímenes preservados en seco o húmedo (etanol). Se identificaron 26 familias de gastrópodos y una familia de bivalvos, siendo las más representativas en cuanto a cantidad de registros: Sagdidae (72), Cepolidae (70), Helicinidae (58) y Achatinidae (53). La extensión geográfica abarca 103 localidades dentro de 23 provincias y el Distrito Nacional de la República Dominicana. La creación del perfil de este conjunto de datos en el portal Invert-E-Base de Symbiota fue posible gracias a la colaboración con el Biodiversity Knowledge Integration Center (BioKIC), Arizona State University. El trabajo de movilización y digitalización de los datos se realizó bajo el financiamiento del Programa Biodiversity Information for Development (project BID-CA2020-031-NAC) de la Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) y la Unión Europea.

Reviewer: Ruth Bastardo, rbastardo40@uasd.edu.do (ORCID #: 0000-0003-1564-0724)
Curator: Altagracia Espinosa, altagraciaespinosa@yahoo.com (ORCID #: 0000-0003-2504-0028)
Reviewer: Oniel Alvarez, onielalvarezabreu@gmail.com (ORCID #: 0000-0003-4246-9475)
Collection Type: Preserved Specimens
Management: Live Data managed directly within data portal
Global Unique Identifier: 3b79337b-6d6a-4db3-a7e7-af576802bcd1
Digital Metadata: EML File
Rights Holder: Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo


UASD-IIBZ-MOL

Colección Malacológica, Instituto de Investigaciones Botánicas y Zoológicas

Curator: Altagracia Espinosa, altagraciaespinosa@yahoo.com (ORCID #: 0000-0003-2504-0028)
Collection Type: Preserved Specimens
Management: Live Data managed directly within data portal
Global Unique Identifier: e867bc85-dafe-4997-98fa-0d154a9b62c5
Digital Metadata: EML File


NAU-NAUF3A

Colorado Plateau Biodiversity Center- Mollusk Collection

The mollusk collection is primarily focused on terrestrial gastropods of the southwestern region of North America. The collection includes dry shell lots, fossils, ethanol preserved specimens, reproductive anatomy slide mounts and digital imagery. The collection possesses several type specimens.
Contacts: Neil Cobb, Neil.Cobb@nau.edu
Collection Type: Preserved Specimens
Management: Live Data managed directly within data portal
Global Unique Identifier: 675a58a6-1090-49fd-8241-a69b4ba809ba
Digital Metadata: EML File
Rights Holder: Northern Arizona University


DMNH-Mollusk

Delaware Museum of Nature and Science – Mollusks

The Museum's mollusk collection consists of more than 2 million specimens, making it one of the largest in the United States. The 220,000 cataloged lots represent more than 18,000 species. Worldwide in scope and covering all seven living classes of mollusks, our holdings include marine gastropods (45%), land and freshwater gastropods (30%), marine bivalves (15%), freshwater bivalves (5%) and other (5%). The Museum's mollusk collection is primarily dry shells, with some alcohol preserved cephalopod specimens. Most specimens are recent; however there is some Cenozoic fossil material. Our type collection contains more than 1,200 lots.

Contacts: Elizabeth Shea, eshea@delmns.org (ORCID #: 0000-0002-5379-8410)
Sr. Colln Mgr: Alex Kittle, akittle@delmns.org
Collection Type: Preserved Specimens
Management: Data snapshot of local collection database
Last Update: 22 March 2024
Digital Metadata: EML File


DMNS-INVERT

Denver Museum of Nature & Science

The Denver Museum of Nature & Science Marine Invertebrate Collection holds a diverse group of worldwide specimens, the largest portion being marine shells followed by terrestrial and freshwater shells, corals and echinoderms. The mid-sized collection dates from the early 1900's.
Contacts: Paula Cushing, Andrew Doll, paula.cushing@dmns.org, Andrew.Doll@dmns.org
Collection Type: Preserved Specimens
Management: Data snapshot of local collection database
Last Update: 3 June 2024
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Digital Metadata: EML File


DUGWAY-DUG-INVERT

Dugway Proving Ground Natural History Collection

The Dugway Proving Ground Natural History Collection houses more than 1,100 specimens of plants, insects, spiders, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals collected primarily from the U.S. Army Dugway Proving Ground but also include some areas just outside the installation within Tooele County. The collection is used in support of the Army Mission on the West Desert of Utah, in scientific research, education and outreach efforts. One objective of this collection is to ensure preservation of species of concern and document localities and habitats for management of sensitive and/or rare species mandated by the endangered species act.
Contacts: Robert Delph, robert.delph@colostate.edu
Collection Type: Preserved Specimens
Management: Live Data managed directly within data portal
Global Unique Identifier: ad0287b2-8a83-4cad-ba04-581b7d90c087
Digital Metadata: EML File
Rights Holder: Dugway Proving Ground Natural History Collection


EKU-Mollusks

Eastern Kentucky University Mollusk Collection

Mollusk specimens collected in Kentucky and surrounding areas.
Contacts: Hayes, David, David.Hayes@eku.edu
Collection Type: Preserved Specimens
Management: Live Data managed directly within data portal
Global Unique Identifier: 4085063c-58fc-40d2-9726-3299ba189599
Digital Metadata: EML File


FMNH-Invertebrate Zoology

Field Museum of Natural History Invertebrates

Established in 1938, the Division of Invertebrates is in charge of all invertebrate groups except insects and other non-marine arthropods. The first curator of this Division was Fritz Haas, formerly of the Senckenberg Museum in Frankfurt, Germany. Haas (1938 - 1969) and his successor Alan Solem (1957 - 1990) built massive mollusk collections, particularly strong in unionid bivalves and terrestrial snails, reflecting their respective research interests. Current curators Rüdiger Bieler (1990 -) and Janet Voight (1990 -) focus their research and collection-building on marine molluscan groups. The varied curatorial research interests, the collecting efforts of past and present collections managers (e.g., John Slapcinsky and Jochen Gerber), and acquisitions of private collections and "orphan collections" have contributed to this large collection.

Curator: Rüdiger Bieler, rbieler@fieldmuseum.org
Collection Type: Preserved Specimens
Management: Data snapshot of local collection database
Last Update: 1 May 2024
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Digital Metadata: EML File
Rights Holder: Copyright © 2012 The Field Museum of Natural History
Access Rights: http://fieldmuseum.org/about/copyright-information


FWRI-FSBC I

Florida Biodiversity Collection Marine Invertebrates

Dry and fluid preserved marine invertebrate specimens. Primarily from Florida, Gulf of Mexico, and Caribbean, collected primarily from 1960s-present.

Curator: Paul Larson, paul.larson@myfwc.com (ORCID #: 0000-0002-4698-3124)
Collection Type: Preserved Specimens
Management: Data snapshot of local collection database
Last Update: 10 January 2024
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Digital Metadata: EML File
Usage Rights: CC BY (Attribution)
Rights Holder: Fish and Wildlife Research Institute


UF

Florida Museum of Natural History

The UF Invertebrate collection holds >620,000 databased lots of mollusks and marine invertebrates. It began as a Malacology collection almost 100 years ago and ~85% of the holdings are still mollusks. Since 2000 the collection was expanded to cover all invertebrate phyla, focusing on marine taxa. Today it holds >40,000 species from 28 phyla.
Contacts: Gustav Paulay, paulay@flmnh.ufl.edu
Collection Type: Preserved Specimens
Management: Data snapshot of local collection database
Last Update: 1 July 2024
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Digital Metadata: EML File


Harvard-MCZ

Harvard University Museum of Comparative Zoology

The Museum of Comparative Zoology was founded in 1859 on the concept that collections are an integral and fundamental component of zoological research and teaching. This more than 150-year-old commitment remains a strong and proud tradition for the MCZ. The present-day MCZ contains over 21-million specimens in ten research collections which comprise one of the world's richest and most varied resources for studying the diversity of life. The museum serves as the primary repository for zoological specimens collected by past and present Harvard faculty-curators, staff and associates conducting research around the world. As a premier university museum and research institution, the specimens and their related data are available to researchers of the scientific and museum community
Contacts: Breda M. Zimkus, bzimkus@oeb.harvard.edu
Collection Type: Preserved Specimens
Management: Data snapshot of local collection database
Last Update: 1 July 2024
Digital Metadata: EML File
Rights Holder: Copyright © 2016 President and Fellows of Harvard College The MCZ does not guarantee the accuracy of these data. Individual researchers should verify individual records by making direct reference to corresponding museum specimens.
Access Rights: http://www.mcz.harvard.edu/privacy/user.html


HMNS

Houston Museum of Natural Science Malacology Collection

The Houston Museum of Natural Science Malacology collection has grown over the past few years and is now the largest of the Museum’s Collections. HMNS is the home of the extensive and irreplaceable collection known as the Northwest Gulf of Mexico Survey of Marine Mollusks and the world-renowned Guido Poppé Collection of Philippine Shells. Other notable historic collections include the Thomas E. Pulley collection, the Helmer Odé collection, and the Connie Boone collection. This, as well as many other holdings of specimens, are being used by various researchers to further our understanding of the importance of these animals and their relevance to the environment.

Current holdings for the HMNS Malacology collection are approximately 1.5 million dry specimens that include holotype, paratype, and hypotype specimens. With a focus on marine specimens of the United States and the Indo Pacific, the collection has been able to grow in a direction that allows both display of specimens and to be a resource for researchers, educators, and students.

Collection Manager for Malacology and Inventory: Gary Kidder, gkidder@hmns.org
Curator of Malacology: Tina Petway, tpetway@hmns.org
Collection Type: Preserved Specimens
Management: Data snapshot of local collection database
Last Update: 28 September 2023
Digital Metadata: EML File


INHS-MOLLUSK

Illinois Natural History Survey - Mollusk Collection

The Illinois Natural History Survey Mollusk Collection contains over 190,000 catalogued specimens in nearly 50,000 lots, most of which were collected in Illinois and the southeastern United States. The collection is about 95% freshwater bivalves and gastropods (mussels, fingernail clams, and snails), 1% land snails and 4% marine gastropods, almost all of which are cones. Most of the specimens were collected as a result of various faunal surveys conducted by INHS biologists from the late 1800's until the present. The early collections were made by such naturalists as John Wesley Powell, Robert Kennicott, Richard E. Call, William A. Nason, Frank C. Baker, Robert E. Richardson, and Charles A. Hart. The largest and best documented collection of landsnails at the INHS was compiled by Thural D. Foster and organized by Frank C. Baker as part of his study on the "Landsnails of Illinois" published in 1939. The Baker snail collection numbers 1632 lots containing 11,970 specimens. The University of Illinois Museum of Natural History Collection contains over 250,000 catalogued specimens in nearly 32,000 lots, and is global in scope with significant holdings of freshwater and terrestrial species from North and Central America. The collection is about 35% freshwater bivalves and gastropods, 35% land snails and 30% marine bivalves and gastropods. Together the collections have over 80,000 lots (58,000 FW, 12,000 marine & and 10,000 landsnails) and nearly 450,000 specimens. Over 135 countries are represented, but the collection is especially strong in freshwater mollusks from the Midwest and Southeastern United States and land snails from Southwestern United States and Central America. Over 40,000 soft parts of more than 200 species have been preserved (approximately half in ethanol) and available for study. All specimens that can be geo-referenced have been assigned latitude and longitudinal coordinates.
Curator: Alison Stodola, alprice@illinois.edu
Collection Type: Preserved Specimens
Management: Data snapshot of local collection database
Last Update: 1 July 2024
Digital Metadata: EML File


iNaturalist-Annelids

iNaturalist Observations - Annelids

Collection Type: Observations
Management: Data snapshot of local collection database
Last Update: 8 April 2024
Digital Metadata: EML File


iNaturalist-Cnidarians

iNaturalist Observations - Cnidarians

Collection Type: Observations
Management: Data snapshot of local collection database
Last Update: 9 April 2024
Digital Metadata: EML File


iNaturalist-Crustaceans

iNaturalist Observations - Crustaceans

Collection Type: Observations
Management: Data snapshot of local collection database
Last Update: 9 April 2024
Digital Metadata: EML File


iNaturalist-Echinoderms

iNaturalist Observations - Echinoderms

Collection Type: Observations
Management: Data snapshot of local collection database
Last Update: 9 April 2024
Digital Metadata: EML File


iNaturalist-Molluscs

iNaturalist Observations - Molluscs

Collection Type: Observations
Management: Data snapshot of local collection database
Last Update: 9 April 2024
Digital Metadata: EML File

Invert-E-Base Research Observation / Collections

Collection Type: General Observations
Management: Live Data managed directly within data portal
Global Unique Identifier: ee788590-baec-4645-a015-9bd6e048ce35
Digital Metadata: EML File


UMNH-Invertebrates

Invertebrates Collection at the Natural History Museum of Utah

Contacts: Christy Bills, cbills@nhmu.utah.edu
Collection Type: Preserved Specimens
Management: Live Data managed directly within data portal
Global Unique Identifier: 46cae435-5d64-4b8d-8767-05d203a2177d
Digital Metadata: EML File


ANSP-MAL

Malacology Collection at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia

This database contains records related to about 500,000 lots maintained in the malacology department. at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadephia. These records are derived from

  1. detailed computer records for material entering the collection since 1976, and
  2. records digitized from the handwritten catalogues, which were started in 1889.
  3. an inventory started in 2011 that has recorded the current placement in the collection of more than 412,000 lots, and
  4. images of specimens and labels, particularly for type lots.

This material is based upon work supported in part by the National Science Foundation under grant numbers DEB-9249109, DEB-9408267, DEB-9616621, DBI-9728996, DBI-1203605, DBI-1902328, and DBI 2001570. Any opinions, findings, conclusions or recommendations presented in this material are only those of the grantees and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

Contacts: Gary Rosenberg, rosenberg.ansp@drexel.edu
Collection Type: Preserved Specimens
Management: Data snapshot of local collection database
Last Update: 14 November 2023
Digital Metadata: EML File
Rights Holder: Academy of Natural of Sciences of Philadelphia


Pub-Obs-Invertebrate

Marine Invertebrate Observations from Publications

Caribbean and Pacific coast field observations
Contacts: Rachel Collin, CollinR@si.edu
Collection Type: Observations
Management: Live Data managed directly within data portal
Global Unique Identifier: 4e5cac06-11b9-41d5-a9c0-4129edc5fc58
Digital Metadata: EML File


MNA-BioMNA-Invertebrates

Museum of Northern Arizona

BioMNA is a data repository for invertebrate specimens collected over the past century by MNA staff throughout the Southwest, with particular emphasis on the Colorado Plateau, northern Arizona, and Grand Canyon regions, and with much emphasis on aquatic and riparian invertebrates of springs. Invertebrate specimens are pinned, preserved in ethanol (70-80%), or in acetate envelopes, depending on the taxon and life stage.
Contacts: Lawrence E. Stevens, PhD and Biology Department Curator, LStevens@MUSNAZ.org
Collection Type: Preserved Specimens
Management: Data snapshot of local collection database
Last Update: 1 July 2024
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Digital Metadata: EML File
Usage Rights: CC BY (Attribution)
Rights Holder: copyright to images are retained by the Museum of Northern Arizona

Museums Victoria

Collection Type: Preserved Specimens
Management: Data snapshot of local collection database
Last Update: 4 August 2023
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Digital Metadata: EML File
Usage Rights: CC BY (Attribution)


NMNH-Invertebrates

National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution

Public records of accessioned specimens and observations curated by the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution. These data are from the Departments of Entomology and Invertebrate Zoology.

Collection Type: Preserved Specimens
Management: Data snapshot of local collection database
Last Update: 20 October 2021
Digital Metadata: EML File


LACM-Malacology

Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County Malacology Collection

Marine and terrestrial mollusks with an emphasis on marine gastropods from the Eastern Pacific, though worldwide in scope.

Associate Curator: Jann Vendetti, jvendetti@nhm.org (ORCID #: 0000-0003-2260-7762)
Collections Manager: Lindsey Groves, lgroves@nhm.org
Collection Type: Preserved Specimens
Management: Data snapshot of local collection database
Last Update: 1 July 2024
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Digital Metadata: EML File
Rights Holder: Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County Foundation


LACM

Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County Marine Invertebrates

Global marine invertebrates, largely benthic, primarily fluid preserved. Composite collections from numerous sources (sampling expeditions, individual collectors, academic institution collections, agency collections, etc.).

Program Manger for Diversity Intiative for the Southern California Ocean: Dean Pentcheff, pentcheff@nhm.org, 1-213-763-3217 (ORCID #: 0000-0002-4049-3941)
Curator and Director of Marine Biodiversity Center: Regina Wetzer (ORCID #: 0000-0003-2674-5150)
Collection Type: Preserved Specimens
Management: Data snapshot of local collection database
Last Update: 10 April 2024
Digital Metadata: EML File
Usage Rights: CC BY (Attribution)
Rights Holder: Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County Foundation


Naturalis-Mollusca

Naturalis Biodiversity Center (NL) - Mollusca

Database contains specimen records from the Mollusca collection of the Naturalis Biodiversity Center (Leiden, Netherlands). The zoological specimens come from the National Museum of Natural History (RMNH; Rijksmuseum voor Natuurlijke Historie), later National Museum of Natural History, Naturalis in Leiden and the Zoological Museum Amsterdam (ZMA) and new acquisitions. This database replaces the dataset "Zoological Museum Amsterdam, University of Amsterdam (NL) – Mollusca_Conidae", "Zoological Museum Amsterdam, University of Amsterdam (NL) – Mollusca_Netherlands", and "Zoological Museum Amsterdam, University of Amsterdam (NL) – Mollusca_Pectinoidea" which were hosted earlier on the GBIF dataportal and contains many new and updated records, especially from the RMNH collection. This dataset is an abstract of the Naturalis production database (BRD) of 2012-12-12. The datasets Zoological Museum Amsterdam, University of Amsterdam (NL) – Mollusca_Types, and Naturalis National Natural History Museum (NL) – Mollusca fossils, are still separately hosted at GBIF, and are not included in this dataset. The old registration numbers of the former institutions (RMNH, ZMA) are also mentioned in the dataset. The Naturalis BC collection contains over 42.000 species of Recent Mollusca. Locality data have only been added in part to this molluscan dataset. Many identifications are original and can be as old as over a century. Many species level names were recently (2011-2012) updated with the help of literature and web based taxonomic databases containing synonymies.
Contacts: Steven van der Mije, collectie@naturalis.nl
Collection Type: Preserved Specimens
Management: Data snapshot of local collection database
Last Update: 15 December 2020
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Digital Metadata: EML File


NMMNH&S-Invertebrates

New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science Invertebrate specimens

The NMMNHS Mollusc collection was started by the donation of the Ostheimer Collection when the museum opened. The collection also includes a land snail collection from Dr. Rick Smartt and various smaller collections from donors, volunteers and staff. The Mollusc collection has around 15,000 specimens, with the majority in the dry collection. Many of the specimens are from the Southwestern US, but the majority represents the Mollusca biodiversity from the Pacific-Indian Oceans.
Collection Type: Preserved Specimens
Management: Data snapshot of local collection database
Last Update: 1 July 2024
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Digital Metadata: EML File


NCSM-UNIO

North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences - Mollusk Collection

The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences' Invertebrates Collection is comprised of more than 35,000 specimens, covering 85 countries around the world.
Contacts: Jamie Smith, jamie.smith@naturalsciences.org
Collection Type: Preserved Specimens
Management: Data snapshot of local collection database
Last Update: 1 August 2023
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Digital Metadata: EML File


NCSM-NMI

North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences Non-molluscan Invertebrates Collection

The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences’ Non-molluscan Invertebrate Collection houses well over 250,000 specimens representing more than 20 phyla. With specimens dating back to the 1870s, the Collection reflects nearly a century and a half of collecting in freshwater, terrestrial, and near- and far-shorts marine habitats of the Carolinas, Mid-Atlantic Region, and southeastern USA. It includes one of the largest collections of freshwater crayfish in, and of the southeastern USA, a substantial and internationally significant myriapod collection, and one of the largest and most historically important collections of marine invertebrates in the Mid-Atlantic region.
Collections Manager: Raquel Fagundo
Research Curator: Bronwyn Williams
Collection Type: Preserved Specimens
Management: Data snapshot of local collection database
Last Update: 3 June 2023
Digital Metadata: EML File


OSUM

Ohio State University Museum of Biological Diversity - Crustaceans

Curator of Molluscs: Nate Shoobs, shoobs.1@osu.edu
Collection Type: Preserved Specimens
Management: Data snapshot of local collection database
Last Update: 22 February 2022
Digital Metadata: EML File

Paleontological Research Institution

Founded in 1932, PRI has outstanding programs in research, collections, publications, and public education. PRI is a national leader in development of informal (i.e., outside the classroom) Earth science education resources for educators and the general public, and also cares for a collection of 7 million specimens (one of the 10 largest in the U.S). The Museum of the Earth and Cayuga Nature Center are the local public educational venues of the Paleontological Research Institution (PRI), and are located in Ithaca, NY. Both are dedicated to offering accessible Earth and environmental science enrichment opportunities for visitors of all ages, and also work closely with area school groups to help instill an appreciation of the natural world at a young age.

Contacts: Leslie Skibinski, skibinski@priweb.org
Collection Type: Preserved Specimens
Management: Data snapshot of local collection database
Last Update: 14 April 2023
Digital Metadata: EML File


SNM-INVERT

Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History

The Collection of Recent Invertebrates, with its >500,000 specimens, presents a nice sampling of invertebrate diversity. Focus of the collection is on Oklahoma invertebrates, but it also contains specimens from more than 100 countries and territories. We are unique among invertebrate collections by pursuing cataloging of all of our specimens.
Contacts: Katrina Menard, kmenard@ou.edu
Collection Type: Preserved Specimens
Management: Data snapshot of local collection database
Last Update: 1 March 2024
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Digital Metadata: EML File


SIO-BIC

Scripps Institution of Oceanography Benthic Invertebrate Collection

The Scripps Institution of Oceanography Benthic Invertebrate Collection (SIO-BIC) is a research repository housing more than 50,000 lots, representing more than 800,000 specimens and more than 7,600 species from marine environments worldwide. The Collection includes extensive holdings from deep-sea environments (>1,000 m), chemosynthetic ecosystems (hydrothermal vents, hydrocarbon seeps, whale falls), Antarctica, and the eastern Pacific. Materials have been collected through a range of techniques, from intertidal hand collecting and SCUBA to trawls and deep-sea submersibles. SIO-BIC contains more than 700 type lots and considerable material properly preserved for genomic studies (95% ethanol and ultracold storage). Multiple preparation types are often available for each lot (e.g., fluid voucher, ethanol subsample, dry material). The searchable electronic database, including a map search feature and specimen images, is updated weekly and publicly accessible online at http://tinyurl.com/siobic. SIO-BIC supports scientific research by providing specimens for study of the taxonomy, biogeography, and evolution of benthic invertebrates, including the description of many new species. Specimens are available for examination at Scripps and for loan to researchers at recognized institutions worldwide, consistent with our loan policies. Collection staff and materials also support education and public outreach via undergraduate and graduate classes, school programs, guest lectures, artist collaborations, and exhibits and events at the Birch Aquarium.
Collection Type: Preserved Specimens
Management: Data snapshot of local collection database
Last Update: 4 January 2022
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Digital Metadata: EML File


SDNHM-MarineInvertebrates

SDNHM Marine Invertebrate Collection

The SDNHM Marine Invertebrates collection holds approximately 5 million specimens, emphasizing mollusks and crustaceans of southern California, Baja California, and the eastern Pacific. Also represented are worldwide collections in selected mollusk and crustacean groups. The collection holds 135 primary and 856 paratypes.

Contacts: Pamela Horsley, phorsley@sdnhm.org
Collection Type: Preserved Specimens
Management: Live Data managed directly within data portal
Global Unique Identifier: 3d9dd07d-15cf-4978-9d07-e31ea2c709ae
Digital Metadata: EML File


STRI-Obs-Invertebrate

STRI invertebrate field observations

Field observations submitted by the STRI research community
Collection Type: Observations
Management: Live Data managed directly within data portal
Global Unique Identifier: 96812ec1-551b-4f4a-8514-ba3bd798683a
Digital Metadata: EML File
Usage Rights: CC BY (Attribution)

Temporary collection for loading new taxonomy

Collection Type: Preserved Specimens
Management: Data snapshot of local collection database
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TCWC-Marine Invertebrates

Texas A&M University Biodiversity Research and Teaching Collections

The Collection of Marine Invertebrates consists of over 47,000 dry and fluid-preserved marine invertebrates primarily from the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea. This collection was donated in 1995 by the Department of Oceanography at Texas A&M University. The majority of the specimens were collected by Research Vessels Alaminos and Gyre during the 1960’s and 1970’s. At that time, there had been relatively few biological studies conducted in the Gulf of Mexico. The studies that had been completed prior to that time were from ships unable to perform numerous deep water trawls and dredges, and no studies documented the western half of the Gulf. The new ships were able to perform such trawls and dredges and surveyed a larger portion of the Gulf than the earlier studies. Funding for much of the original collection was provided in part by Sea Grant. The collection remains the most comprehensive collection of deep sea invertebrates from the Gulf of Mexico. It is an active collection and used by systematists, undergraduates, and graduates as a resource for their studies. Dr. Mary K. Wicksten, from the Texas A&M University Biology Department, generously donates her time as curator. Although our collection is called the “Marine” Invertebrate Collection, we recently acquired a landmark collection of freshwater crayfishes from Sterling Johnson, a retiree from Texas A&M University and author of Texas Crawdads. These include vouchers for his book “Texas Crawdads” and constitute a valuable resource for conservation of rare and endemic freshwater fauna
Contacts: Heather Prestridge, hlprestridge@tamu.edu
Collection Type: Preserved Specimens
Management: Data snapshot of local collection database
Last Update: 2 April 2024
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USAC-USACRU

Universidad de San Carlos de Guatemala - Colección de Crustáceos

La colección de Crustáceos se encuentra depositada en el Museo de Historia Natural de la Escuela de Biología, en la Universidad de San Carlos de Guatemala.

Contacts: Mushnat USAC , mushnat.usac@gmail.com, (502) 2334 - 6064
Curator: M.Sc. Lucía Prado, lpradostrombus@yahoo.es (ORCID #: 0000-0002-7630-9851)
Contacts: Lic. Ana Luisa Ambrocio, ambrocioana@gmail.com (ORCID #: 0000-0002-0528-2401)
Collection Type: Preserved Specimens
Management: Data snapshot of local collection database
Last Update: 22 April 2023
Digital Metadata: EML File


USAC-ECHI

Universidad de San Carlos de Guatemala - Colección de Equinodermos

La colección de Equinodermos se encuentra depositada en el Museo de Historia Natural de la Escuela de Biología, en la Universidad de San Carlos de Guatemala. Cuenta con especímenes colectados en el Océano Atlántico.

Curator: M.Sc.Lucía Prado, lprado@gmail.com (ORCID #: 0000-0002-7630-9851)
Assistant Curator: Lic. Ana Luisa Ambrocio, ambrocioana@gmail.com (ORCID #: 0000-0002-0528-2401)
Collection Type: Preserved Specimens
Management: Data snapshot of local collection database
Last Update: 22 April 2023
Digital Metadata: EML File


USAC-USACMOL

Universidad de San Carlos de Guatemala - Colección de Moluscos

La colección cuenta especímenes de moluscos marinos, dulceacuícolas y terrestres. Moluscos Marinos: contiene 8,658 especímenes ingresados (2,063 ejemplares del Pacífico y 6,375 ejemplares del Atlántico), colectados entre 1994-2004. Estos moluscos pertenecen a las clases Gastropoda, Bivalvia y Scaphopoda, siendo Lucinidae, Ungulinidae, Cardiidae y Veneridae las familias principales. Los sitios más representados son los departamentos de Retalhuleu, San Marcos, Santa Rosa e Izabal. / Moluscos Terrestres: contiene 967 ejemplares de caracoles colectados entre 2011 y 2012. Estos pertenecen a la clase Gastropoda, siendo Helicinidae, Neocyclotidae y Subulinidae las familias más representadas. Los sitios más representados son los departamentos de Petén, Huehuetenango y Alta Verapaz. / Moluscos Dulceacuícolas: la mayor parte de los ejemplares no se han determinado y están pendientes de ingreso.

Contacts: M.Sc. Lucía Prado, lprado@gmail.com (ORCID #: 0000-0002-7630-9851)
Assistant Curator: Lic. Ana Luisa Ambrocio, ambrocioana@gmail.com (ORCID #: 0000-0002-0528-2401)
Collection Type: Preserved Specimens
Management: Data snapshot of local collection database
Last Update: 1 July 2024
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UVG-UVGMOL

Universidad del Valle de Guatemala - Colección de Moluscos

The Reference Collection at Del Valle University contains a wide range of specimens from Guatemala; making it one of the largest collections in Central America. It was established in 1976 and has been developed by various scientists, students, and collaborators since then. The Collection has been broadly used for research purposes and academic uses helping not only local but also international researchers. Physical address: 18 Avenida 11-95 zona 15, Vista Hermosa III. Guatemala, Guatemala.

Contacts: M.Sc. Zabdi López and M.Sc. Gabriela Alfaro, zmlopez@uvg.edu.gt and galfaro@uvg.edu.gt
Collection Type: Preserved Specimens
Management: Data snapshot of local collection database
Last Update: 1 July 2024
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UAM-INVERT

University of Alaska Museum

A set of collections presently consisting of over 8,000 lots of marine invertebrates has been housed at the Museum since the 1970s. James Morrow, Ron Smith, and several other University of Alaska researchers established and built the nucleus of the collection. Most of the data associated with both collections are in the Arctos database, however a significant number of records for marine invertebrates housed in the museum’s collections remain to be incorporated into this electronic resource. These collections were under the care of Nora Foster until 1998 and of Dr. Gordon Haas until 2006. Andrés López joined the Museum of the North as curator of fishes in the Fall of 2008. Thanks to collaborative relationships with State and Federal agencies, the Aquatic collections are continuously growing and providing an improved representation of Alaska’s aquatic faunas.
Contacts: Andres Lopez, jalopez2@alaska.edu
Collection Type: Preserved Specimens
Management: Data snapshot of local collection database
Last Update: 3 June 2024
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Digital Metadata: EML File
Access Rights: http://www.uaf.edu/museum/collections/aqua/policies/

University of Miami, Voss Marine Invertebrate Collections

The VMIC consists of ca 75,000 lots, of which 41,900 are cataloged and identified to species, and the remaining lots to order or family. The VMIC is worldwide in scope covering 37 taxonomic groups, belonging to 17 phyla of marine invertebrates. The most representative phyla are Mollusca (55%), arthropods mainly crustaceans (25%), Cnidarians (8 %), Echinoderms (8%), annelids (3%) and porifera (1%). The collection covers the tropical western and eastern Atlantic, mainly from cruises conducted across the Caribbean, central and south America and the Gulf of Guinea. Additionally, there are extensive collections of marine invertebrates from the Florida keys, Gulf of Mexico and Bahamas.

curator: Maria M. Criales, mcriales@rsmas.miami.edu (ORCID #: 0000-0001-7923-8342)
Collection Type: Preserved Specimens
Management: Live Data managed directly within data portal
Global Unique Identifier: 7ef90cc4-d432-4b6b-8398-79229b5a194f
Digital Metadata: EML File
Usage Rights: CC BY (Attribution)
Rights Holder: University of Miami


UMMZ-Mollusk

University of Michigan Museum of Zoology, Division of Mollusks

The Mollusk Division incorporates approximately 5 million specimens and has long ranked amongst the most important freshwater and land snail collections in North America. Approximately 251,000 cataloged lots including over 406 holotype specimens and more than 1638 paratype lots are preserved as dry shells, ethanol preserved specimens, frozen tissues, lyophilized tissues, fossil material and radular microscope slide mounts. Mollusks from all regions of the planet are represented, with most being from North America, particularly from southeastern and upper mid‐western USA drainages. With the exception of Monoplacophora and Aplacophora, all extant molluscan classes are represented. The collection includes a number of significant subcollections; Bryant Walker Collection (one of the world’s largest private mollusk collections containing over 100,000 lots and about two million specimens), Royal Ontario Museum Collection [outstanding collection of North American (principally Canadian) freshwater and land mollusks], F. C. Baker Wisconsin Freshwater Mollusk Collection (one of the most extensive North American freshwater mollusk collections), Stelfox Sphaeriid Collection (one of the most important reference collections of cosmopolitan freshwater bivalve family Sphaeriidae), and Lyophilized Tahitian Land Snails (about 1600 freeze‐dried tissue samples of a now largely extinct snail family).
Contacts: Taehwan Lee, taehwanl@umich.edu
Collection Type: Preserved Specimens
Management: Data snapshot of local collection database
Last Update: 1 July 2024
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MMNHC

University of Tennessee Knoxville, McClung Museum of Natural History & Culture

The mollusk collection at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville (UTK) began in 1973 with the arrival of Dr. Paul W. Parmalee.  Initially stored in a closet in the football stadium, the collection was moved to the McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture (MMNHC) in the late 1970's and was used for The Freshwater Mussels of Tennessee by Parmalee and Bogan (1998). The collection consists primarily of freshwater mussels, aquatic gastropods, and terrestrial gastropods, and it is growing rapidly as material is brought in by graduate students, numerous state and federal agency biologists, and collaborating researchers within UTK and at other academic institutions. The MMNHC collection is one of the largest on-campus collections in the U.S., and it is the only collection in the world having aquatic mollusk specimens from all 95 Tennessee counties. All 141 species of freshwater mussels historically occurring in Tennessee are represented in the MMNHC collection, and we have material dating back to the mid 1800's. Our collection presently includes 265 of the 303 species from the U.S. and Canada, and the collection includes 70 endangered species, 9 threatened species, 16 species considered extinct, 6 species proposed endangered, 9 species proposed threatened, and 7 species under review for federal status. A significant amount of uncatalogued material, including both modern and archaeological shells, is in storage and is being processes.

Contacts: Gerald Dinkins, gdinkins@utk.edu, 8659749928
Collection Type: Preserved Specimens
Management: Live Data managed directly within data portal
Global Unique Identifier: e5ca588d-8530-41f2-8473-516d362c4594
Digital Metadata: EML File


UTEP-Invertebrates

University of Texas at El Paso Biodiversity Collections

The University of Texas at El Paso Biodiversity Collections (UTEP) Invertebrate Collection is comprised of recent and fossil specimens, mostly dried shells. About 70% of the materials are terrestrial gastropods, 25% freshwater molluscans (including unionaceans), and 5% marine forms. Geographic coverage is mostly for New Mexico (about 80%), but there also are significant holdings for Kansas, Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas. This taxonomic and geographic composition has arisen because of the principal research interests and activities of Artie L. Metcalf, and his students.
Manager, UTEP Biodiversity Collections: Vicky Zhuang
Collection Type: Preserved Specimens
Management: Data snapshot of local collection database
Last Update: 1 July 2024
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Virginia Institute of Marine Science

Curator: Jennifer Dreyer, jcdrey@vims.edu (ORCID #: 0000-0001-5523-3563)
Collection Type: Preserved Specimens
Management: Data snapshot of local collection database
Last Update: 1 July 2024
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Digital Metadata: EML File

Western Australia Museum

Collection Type: Preserved Specimens
Management: Data snapshot of local collection database
Last Update: 4 August 2023
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Digital Metadata: EML File
Usage Rights: CC BY (Attribution)


IZ-YPM

Yale University Peabody Museum

Primary strengths of the Division of Invertebrate Zoology include large holdings of Western Atlantic invertebrates represented not only by recently acquired specimens, but also by a strong historical component dating to the late 1800s, totaling approximately 3 million individuals, thousands of which are the type specimens of species new to science.
Contacts: Eric Lazo-Wasem, eric.lazo-wasem@yale.edu
Collection Type: Preserved Specimens
Management: Data snapshot of local collection database
Last Update: 2 April 2024
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Digital Metadata: EML File
Rights Holder: Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History