New Mexico State Collection of Arthropods (NMSU-NMSU)

The New Mexico State Collection of Arthropods is located at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, NM. It currently houses approximately 150,000 arthropod specimens as well as the Merrill Sweet Collection (350,000 specimens). The NMSU Collection primarily is composed of arthropods from the western United States, with an emphasis on the arachnids of the arid Southwest. The goals of the collection include survey of the arthropod fauna of New Mexico and the Southwest, providing reference material for researchers, and providing outreach to our constituents in the state and abroad.
Contact: Scott Bundy (
Collection Type: Preserved Specimens
Management: Live Data managed directly within data portal
Global Unique Identifier: 8b97d772-e666-4dd9-ac5d-c4701d593e41
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Digital Metadata: EML File
Rights Holder: NMSU
New Mexico State
Collection of Arthropods
Department of Entomology, Plant Pathology, and Weed Science
945 College Avenue
Las Cruces, New Mexico   88003
United States of America
Collection Statistics
  • 86,407 specimen records
  • 42,962 (50%) georeferenced
  • 790 (0.91%) with images
  • 58,068 (67%) identified to species
  • 500 families
  • 3,034 genera
  • 6,175 species
  • 6,310 total taxa (including subsp. and var.)
Extra Statistics
This project made possible by National Science Foundation Award EF 1207371