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Richard B. Dominick Moth and Butterfly Collection (USC-DMBC)

The Richard B. Dominick Moth and Butterfly Collection consists of 25,215 moths and 1,758 butterflies of which there are 1,167 species; the collection is currently located on the Columbia Campus of the University of South Carolina. All specimens were collected by Dr. Dominick in the areas around his home on The Wedge Plantation between during the period from roughly 1965 through 1975. The Wedge is a former rice plantation, located 5 miles north of McClellanville, South Carolina, and consisting of a mixed habitat of impounded rice fields, cypress swamps and a mixed pine-hardwood forest including live oaks and giant Magnolias. The property is transected by the fresh to brackish South Santee River, which divides The Wedge into approximately 650 and 850 acre tracts. The collection was the result of the lifelong interest of Dr. Dominick, a physician. Dr. Dominick played a central role in reevaluating the phylogeny of moth species in North America. A series of monographs organized as fascicles of "The Moths of America North of Mexico" was published through the joint effort of Dr. Dominick and E.W. Classey; from 1971 to 1978 13 fascicles were published on 13 superfamilies of moths. Many individuals assisted Dr. Dominick in this enterprise; those recognized as the principal contributors include Dr. D. C. Ferguson (1978), Dr. J. G. Franclemont (1973), Dr. Ronald W. Hodges (1971), (1974), (1978), Dr. E. G. Munroe (1972), (1973), (1976), and Mr. Charles R. Edwards. The cataloging of the Dominick Collection was done by Dr. F. Lance Wallace of The Citadel, Charleston SC; Dr. Wallace maintained the collection from 1983 to 1992, updating the collection to coincide with the numbering system and revisions occurring in the Check List of the Lepidoptera of America North of Mexico.

Contacts: Herrick Brown,
Collection Type: Preserved Specimens
Management: Live Data managed directly within data portal
Global Unique Identifier: 8d19beb5-460b-4cc5-9fff-112ffa2f01f9
Digital Metadata: EML File
Rights Holder: University of South Carolina, Department of Biological Sciences
Cite this collection:
Richard B. Dominick Moth and Butterfly Collection. Occurrence dataset (ID: 8d19beb5-460b-4cc5-9fff-112ffa2f01f9) accessed via the Ecdysis Portal,, 2024-05-24).
Collection Statistics
  • 1,899 specimen records
  • 1 (0.05%) georeferenced
  • 1,899 (100%) with images (1,899 total images)
  • 1 (0.05%) identified to species
  • 2 families
  • 1 genera
  • 1 species
  • 1 total taxa (including subsp. and var.)
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