University of Texas at El Paso Biodiversity Collections (UTEP-Invertebrates)

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: 12 October 2021
IPT / DwC-A Source:
Digital Metadata: EML File
Collection Statistics
  • 13,662 specimen records
  • 3,838 (28%) georeferenced
  • 193 families
  • 370 genera
  • 823 species
Extra Statistics
This project is supported by the National Science Foundation's Division of Environmental Biology through an award titled "Advancing Revisionary Taxonomy and Systematics: Integrative Research and Training in Tropical Taxonomy" (DEB-1456674). Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed on this website are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.