Denver Museum of Nature & Science - Arachnology (DMNS-Arac)

Worldwide in scope though with a focus on the American West, the Arachnology collection at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science comprises over 50,000 specimen lots and is growing every year. The holdings include primary types and paratypes. Holdings are particularly strong in Colorado species and in Solifugae, with 13 primary types and 65 paratypes. The Colorado Spider Survey, initiated at DMNS in 1999, has vastly expanded our knowledge of the Colorado spider fauna. The collection is housed in the Avenir Collections Center - an onsite state-of-the-art museum collections facility.
Contact: Dr. Paula Cushing (
Collection Type: Preserved Specimens
Management: Live Data managed directly within data portal
Global Unique Identifier: 722da3b7-73fe-41b6-b1c9-8801accd20f3
Digital Metadata: EML File
Rights Holder: Denver Museum of Nature & Science
Denver Museum of Nature and Science
Zoology Department
2001 Colorado Blvd
Denver, Colorado   80205
Collection Statistics
  • 37,876 specimen records
  • 36,863 (97%) georeferenced
  • 54 (0.14%) with images
  • 36,840 (97%) identified to species
  • 104 families
  • 518 genera
  • 1,730 species
  • 1,733 total taxa (including subsp. and var.)
Extra Statistics
The National Science Foundation
This project made possible by National Science Foundation Award EF 1207371