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New Zealand Arthropod Collection - Symbiota (MWLR-NZAC)

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The focus is on terrestrial arthropods from the New Zealand region but there are substantial holdings from South Pacific countries and of mites and nematodes from New Zealand. Material comes from the 1880s to the present day. There are over 1.2 million pinned insects, ~100,00 microscope slides, and 250,000 vials of ethanol preserved specimens. Ecdysis is being used as a platform for workflows associated with mass digitisation.

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Head Curator: Darren Ward, (ORCID #: 0000-0002-4509-8553)
Collection Type: Preserved Specimens
Management: Live Data managed directly within data portal
Global Unique Identifier: 6c2d187d-18ed-47fb-8a5a-649c040c0e16
Digital Metadata: EML File
Usage Rights: CC BY (Attribution)
Rights Holder: Landcare Research, New Zealand Arthropod Collection
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Cite this collection:
New Zealand Arthropod Collection - Symbiota. Occurrence dataset (ID: 6c2d187d-18ed-47fb-8a5a-649c040c0e16) accessed via the Ecdysis Portal,, 2024-07-23).
New Zealand Arthropod Collection, Landcare Research
Private Bag 92170
Auckland,    1072
New Zealand
Collection Statistics
  • 115,968 specimen records
  • 83,687 (72%) georeferenced
  • 492 (0.42%) with images (499 total images)
  • 708 BOLD, 3 misc genetic references
  • 72,784 (63%) identified to species
  • 307 families
  • 1,531 genera
  • 2,975 species
  • 2,984 total taxa (including subsp. and var.)
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