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University of Arizona Insect Collection (UA-UAIC)

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The University of Arizona Insect Collection (UAIC) contains approximately 2 million specimens representing 35,000 species of pinned, alcohol-preserved, slide-mounted and frozen-tissue preserved arthropods mostly from the Sonoran Desert Region. Significant holdings include Coleoptera, Hemiptera, Hymenoptera, Orthoptera and Lepidoptera, but all insect groups are extensively represented. The UAIC user community is diverse, ranging from outstanding undergraduate and graduate students to highly active emeritus insect systematists. Annually, we host thousands of visitors, ranging from resident researchers to individual walk-ins, campus tour groups, and vast numbers of people seeking information on the biology of the Sonoran Desert Region.

Curator: Wendy Moore,
Collection Type: Preserved Specimens
Management: Live Data managed directly within data portal
Global Unique Identifier: d6e5984e-21f9-42af-8346-229b107a8631
Digital Metadata: EML File
GBIF Dataset page:
Cite this collection:
University of Arizona Insect Collection. Occurrence dataset (ID: d6e5984e-21f9-42af-8346-229b107a8631) accessed via the Ecdysis Portal,, 2023-12-01).
Collection Statistics
  • 132,512 specimen records
  • 109,444 (83%) georeferenced
  • 111,955 (84%) with images (113,281 total images)
  • 2,681 BOLD genetic references
  • 105,586 (80%) identified to species
  • 138 families
  • 1,535 genera
  • 5,232 species
  • 5,364 total taxa (including subsp. and var.)
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