Museo de Entomología y Biodiversidad Tropical Collection - University of Puerto Rico (UPR-MEBT-UPR)

The “Museo de Entomología y Biodiversidad Tropical” (MEBT) contains approximately 200,000 specimens; representing 23 orders and collected predominantly on the Puerto Rican Bank (i.e., Puerto Rico, Vieques Island, Culebra Island, Mona Island, Caja de Muerto Island, Desecheo Island, U.S. and British Virgin Islands), and from other Caribbean Islands. The pinned specimen collection (approximately 70,000 records) is currently stored in 330 USNM drawers and in approximately 150 Schmitt boxes, with many collected over 100 years ago and organized by our founding entomologist, Dr. George N. Wolcott. An extensive accession number cards collection (20,000 cards, created from 1910-1997), letters and other correspondence (3,000) and media (film and photographs, 800) are available onsite. For further information and to arrange a visit or loan, please contact MEBT Director Dr. Rosa A. Franqui ( or Curator Dr. Alex Segarra (
Contact: Rosa A. Franqui (
Collection Type: Preserved Specimens
Management: Live Data managed directly within data portal
Global Unique Identifier: d30c0a89-d35b-40df-94b2-f88c6b96ed51
Digital Metadata: EML File
Collection Statistics
  • 0 specimen records
  • 0 georeferenced
  • 0 families
  • 0 genera
  • 0 species
Extra Statistics
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This project made possible by National Science Foundation Award EF 1207371