University of Miami, Voss Marine Invertebrate Collections (UM-RSMAS-VMIC)

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, (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
Rosenstiel School of Marine Atmospheric and Earth Science
RSMAS, University of Miami
4600 Rickenbacker Causeway
Miami, FL   33149
Collection Statistics
  • 36,929 specimen records
  • 21,039 (57%) georeferenced
  • 30,411 (82%) identified to species
  • 1,212 families
  • 2,709 genera
  • 6,378 species
  • 6,396 total taxa (including subsp. and var.)
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