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Kenneth S. Norris Center for Natural History, University of California Santa Cruz, Insect Collection (UCSC-RMIC)

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The Kenneth S. Norris Center for Natural History at UC Santa Cruz houses collections that are mostly local to the Central Californian Coast, including habitats in the Santa Cruz Mountains, the Monterey Bay Area, and the Monterey Bay itself (seabirds and marine algae). Collections include: marine algae (400+), plants (10,000+), bryophytes (200+), fungi (1000+), lichens (200+), insects (90,000+), fish (500+), amphibians (500), reptiles (500), birds (1500), and mammals (800+). Notable collections include the Randall Morgan Insect Collection which contains ~70,000 specimens collected systematically at 39 locations from 1989-199 in natural and rare habitats in Santa Cruz County, California. For each specimen, the species of plant it was collected from was also recorded. Morgan collected systematically at each location over an entire year (and in some locations over multiple years) and kept precise records on plant phenology. The collection mainly consists of hymenoptera, diptera, and lepidoptera but also contains good representation of other common orders.

Contacts: Chris Lay,
Collection Type: Preserved Specimens
Management: Live Data managed directly within data portal
Global Unique Identifier: 158c01b0-798b-4a8c-b77a-d5964b91e4c0
Digital Metadata: EML File
Rights Holder: University of California, Santa Cruz
Access Rights: Not-for-profit use only
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Cite this collection:
Kenneth S. Norris Center for Natural History, University of California Santa Cruz, Insect Collection. Occurrence dataset (ID: 158c01b0-798b-4a8c-b77a-d5964b91e4c0) accessed via the Ecdysis Portal,, 2024-07-21).
Collection Statistics
  • 72,931 specimen records
  • 64,384 (88%) georeferenced
  • 618 (0.85%) with images (1,608 total images)
  • 17,721 (24%) identified to species
  • 117 families
  • 560 genera
  • 803 species
  • 838 total taxa (including subsp. and var.)
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