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Carnegie Museum Invertebrate Zoology Collection (CMNH-IZ)

The insect collection of the Invertebrate Zoology collection contains an estimated 13 million specimens of which more than 7 million are prepared, labelled, and ready for study. Invertebrate Zoology’s overarching collection’s primary strengths are Lepidoptera and Coleoptera but with strong collections in Diptera, Odonata, Heteroptera, Homoptera, Hymenoptera, and Siphonaptera. These collections augment studies by staff, but they are also used for research by hundreds of specialists worldwide where they constitute the basis for numerous scientific publications. These collections benefit present and future generations, and in their immensity comprise a public trust as a unique record of the natural world.

Collection Type: Preserved Specimens
Management: Data snapshot of local collection database
Last Update: 31 May 2024
Digital Metadata: EML File
Rights Holder: CMNH
Cite this collection:
Carnegie Museum Invertebrate Zoology Collection. Occurrence dataset (ID: 7a82bf87-e83d-4c29-8fb3-da6f1b4df6c3) accessed via the Ecdysis Portal,, 2024-07-21).
Collection Statistics
  • 1,436 specimen records
  • 673 (47%) georeferenced
  • 13 (0.91%) with images (19 total images)
  • 877 (61%) identified to species
  • 57 families
  • 175 genera
  • 272 species
  • 272 total taxa (including subsp. and var.)
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