University of Arizona Insect Collection (UA-UAIC)

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.
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Collection Type: Preserved Specimens
Management: Live Data managed directly within data portal
Global Unique Identifier: aef2ae41-e2ab-4c73-a616-036ba2fc2326
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Digital Metadata: EML File
Rights Holder: University of Arizona
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University of Arizona
Insect Collection
Department of Entomology, Forbes Building, room 410
1140 E. South Campus Drive
Tucson, Arizona   85721-0036
United States of America
Collection Statistics
  • 96,006 specimen records
  • 81,410 (85%) georeferenced
  • 87,153 (91%) with images
  • 72,057 (75%) identified to species
  • 85 families
  • 1,030 genera
  • 3,589 species
  • 3,662 total taxa (including subsp. and var.)
Extra Statistics
This project made possible by National Science Foundation Award EF 1207371