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R. M. Bohart Museum of Entomology (UCD-BMEC)

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The Bohart Museum’s mission is to serve the research community, support campus teaching, provide science educational outreach for the public, and to provide diagnostic and information services. The museum houses the seventh largest insect collection in North America. The museum specializes in the unique insect fauna of California, both native and exotic species. Current holdings of nearly 8 million specimens include a wide range of terrestrial invertebrates, specializing in arthropods (insects, millipedes, centipedes, scorpions, mites, ticks, and spiders), crustaceans (pill and sow bugs, fairy and tadpole shrimp), and tardigrade water bears. The largest collections are of the Lepidoptera, Hymenoptera, Coleoptera, Acarina and Tardigrada. The collections are worldwide in scope, with the Americas, south Asia and Australia particularly well-represented. The museum is also the home of the California Insect Survey and sponsors research on the California fauna.

Contacts: Lynn S. Kimsey,
Collection Type: Preserved Specimens
Management: Live Data managed directly within data portal
Global Unique Identifier: 21256927-e9e6-48bf-9884-794c178785f2
Digital Metadata: EML File
Rights Holder: University of California
Access Rights: Not-for-profit use, except by contract
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Cite this collection:
R. M. Bohart Museum of Entomology. Occurrence dataset (ID: 21256927-e9e6-48bf-9884-794c178785f2) accessed via the Ecdysis Portal,, 2024-05-24).
Collection Statistics
  • 120,647 specimen records
  • 21,219 (18%) georeferenced
  • 291 (0.24%) with images (698 total images)
  • 65,366 (54%) identified to species
  • 65 families
  • 673 genera
  • 2,170 species
  • 2,475 total taxa (including subsp. and var.)
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