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Florida State Collection of Arthropods (FSCA)

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The Florida State Collection of Arthropods is worldwide in scope. Earlier accumulations, primarily from Florida and the southeastern United States, still form a large portion of the collection; however, most insect groups have worldwide representation, with particular strengths for circum-Caribbean and South American regions. In recent years much new material has been obtained, through surveys or exchanges, from the Neotropics, parts of Africa (especially South Africa) and Asia (especially Indonesia and Taiwan).

Among the 22,400 drawers of pinned insects, 352,000+ slides, and 294,200+ vials of the Museum of Entomology, are an estimated 9 million prepared specimens including over 2,500 primary and at least 30,000 secondary types. Millions more specimens are in the estimated 20,000 bulk alcohol containers and various dry samples from around the world. These, together with the other holdings, place the FSCA among the top 10 North American entomological collections.

Contacts: Elijah Talamas (ORCID #: 0000-0002-1048-6345)
Collection Type: Preserved Specimens
Management: Live Data managed directly within data portal
Global Unique Identifier: 17fb5c4e-64ed-4da9-84ec-af6ae89b47c9
Digital Metadata: EML File
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Cite this collection:
Florida State Collection of Arthropods. Occurrence dataset (ID: 17fb5c4e-64ed-4da9-84ec-af6ae89b47c9) accessed via the Ecdysis Portal,, 2024-05-24).
Florida State Collection of Arthropods
Museum of Entomology
1911 SW 34th Street
Gainesville, FL   32608
United States
Collection Statistics
  • 19,892 specimen records
  • 13,211 (66%) georeferenced
  • 9,297 (47%) with images (15,017 total images)
  • 10,942 (55%) identified to species
  • 22 families
  • 75 genera
  • 525 species
  • 560 total taxa (including subsp. and var.)
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