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M. Andrew Johnston Research Collection (MAJC-MAJC)

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The M. Andrew Johnston Research Collection is comprised primarily of beetles, especially darkling beetles (family Tenebrionidae Latreille, 1802). The MAJC has an emphasis on specimens from the southwestern deserts of North America and others pertaining to ongoing systematic research. The collection contains roughly 20,000 pinned specimens, a frozen tissue collection stored in ethanol, and full body disarticulations for morphological examination.

Curator and Collection Manager: Andrew Johnston, (ORCID #: 0000-0002-0166-6985)
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Collection Type: Preserved Specimens
Management: Live Data managed directly within data portal
Global Unique Identifier: ce9fc807-ec48-4444-8586-f7432fd3f77c
Digital Metadata: EML File
GBIF Dataset page:
Cite this collection:
M. Andrew Johnston Research Collection. Occurrence dataset (ID: ce9fc807-ec48-4444-8586-f7432fd3f77c) accessed via the Ecdysis Portal,, 2023-09-24).
Collection Statistics
  • 8,400 specimen records
  • 7,101 (85%) georeferenced
  • 2,540 (30%) with images (2,571 total images)
  • 1 BOLD genetic references
  • 7,911 (94%) identified to species
  • 13 families
  • 149 genera
  • 326 species
  • 347 total taxa (including subsp. and var.)
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