University of Alaska Museum (UAM-INVERT)

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,
Collection Type: Preserved Specimens
Management: Data snapshot of local collection database
Last Update: 12 October 2021
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Digital Metadata: EML File
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Collection Statistics
  • 20,311 specimen records
  • 15,450 (76%) georeferenced
  • 19 (0.09%) with images (29 total images)
  • 15,674 (77%) identified to species
  • 634 families
  • 1,230 genera
  • 2,208 species
  • 2,235 total taxa (including subsp. and var.)
Extra Statistics
Geographic Distribution
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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.