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Northern Arizona University - Arthropod Collection (NAU-NAAC)

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The Northern Arizona University - Arthropod Collection (NAAC), previously the Colorado Plateau Museum of Arthropod Biodiversity (CPMAB), houses over 250,000 arthropod specimens, primarily from the southwestern United States and Mexico. Specimens are being added each year, primarily from Military Reservations, National Parks and Monuments, The Nature Conservancy, and a network of common gardens managed by the Southwest Experimental Garden Array (SEGA). Many specimen occurrence data are combined with high resolution images.

Curator: Grey Gustafson, (ORCID #: 0000-0002-2014-7128)
Project manager: Gary Alpert,
Project manager: Zane Holditch,
Collection Type: Preserved Specimens
Management: Live Data managed directly within data portal
Global Unique Identifier: 875b3050-dc20-414e-a67b-eb81b0f3fc2d
Digital Metadata: EML File
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Cite this collection:
Northern Arizona University - Arthropod Collection. Occurrence dataset (ID: 875b3050-dc20-414e-a67b-eb81b0f3fc2d) accessed via the Ecdysis Portal,, 2024-07-24).
Northern Arizona University
Biological Sciences (Building 21), Room 129
617 S. Beaver St.
Flagstaff, AZ   86011
United States
Collection Statistics
  • 77,767 specimen records
  • 71,275 (92%) georeferenced
  • 3,827 (5%) with images (9,301 total images)
  • 26,636 (34%) identified to species
  • 420 families
  • 1,502 genera
  • 2,184 species
  • 2,220 total taxa (including subsp. and var.)
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