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Museum of Texas Tech University Invertebrate Zoology Collection (TTU-TTU-Z)

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The Invertebrate Zoology collection (TTU-Z) of the Museum of Texas Tech University is international in scope with an emphasis on arthropods from semi-arid and arid lands, especially from North America. The collection consists primarily of insects (including an extensive collection of ants), medical/veterinary specimens (endo- and ectoparasites), and arachnids. The pinned collection contains over 3,200 genera and 7,500 identified species. The collection is estimated to hold about 4.6 million specimens including pinned insects, arachnids preserved in ethanol, microscope slides (medical/veterinary importance and mites), and bulk samples. There are currently slightly more than 800 type specimens (mostly paratypes) in the collection.

Curator of Invertebrate Zoology: Jennifer C. Girón, (ORCID #: 0000-0002-0851-6883)
Collection Type: Preserved Specimens
Management: Live Data managed directly within data portal
Global Unique Identifier: cea09681-fa6f-4dd5-9fc9-52badffeed0c
Digital Metadata: EML File
Rights Holder: Museum of Texas Tech University
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Cite this collection:
Museum of Texas Tech University Invertebrate Zoology Collection. Occurrence dataset (ID: cea09681-fa6f-4dd5-9fc9-52badffeed0c) accessed via the Ecdysis Portal,, 2024-07-25).
Museum of Texas Tech University
3301 4th Street
Lubbock, Texas   79415
Collection Statistics
  • 190,349 specimen records
  • 158,407 (83%) georeferenced
  • 27,769 (15%) with images (34,038 total images)
  • 67,966 (36%) identified to species
  • 623 families
  • 2,149 genera
  • 4,148 species
  • 4,328 total taxa (including subsp. and var.)
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