The Centre for Biodiversity Genomics - University of Guelph (University of Guelph, Centre for Biodiversity-BIOUG)

The Centre for Biodiversity Genomics (CBG) archive at the University of Guelph currently holds over 2.8 million voucher specimens (as of March 2017). Every specimen is digitized, and the exact storage location of each specimen is tracked in a collection management information system for quick reference and retrieval. The databased information for every voucher is also archived in the Barcode of Life Data System (BOLD), permitting the permanent storage, validation and analysis of barcode sequence data and associated specimen metadata. Nearly 90% of the specimens have been DNA barcoded, and a few representatives of every species have been digitally imaged. The majority of these specimens (roughly 60%) derive from Canada, stemming primarily from collections made by the CBG at 159 sites since 2008 including national parks, provincial parks and other protected or private areas. The collection is taxonomically diverse, spanning 25 phyla, 62 classes, and 263 orders. Employing the Barcode Index Number system as a proxy for species, the collection contains about 175,000 species. Just over 1 million specimens from the collection are included in this resource, which includes all CBG collection events from 2008-2015 at National Parks, National Park Reserves, and National Urban Parks within Canada. All included specimen records are associated with DNA barcode information, and have a link to their associated specimen page on the BOLD. All barcode sequences associated with these specimens have been submitted to GenBank and their accessions are provided in this resource. This data resource is served by the Integrated Publishing Toolkit of Canadensys at This "snapshot" collection is technically a curated dataset of specimen information from local database and the Barcode of Life Data System (BOLD).
Contact: Dr. Jeremy deWaard (
Collection Type: Preserved Specimens
Management: Data snapshot of local collection database
Last Update: 11 April 2017
IPT / DwC-A Source:
Digital Metadata: EML File
Collection Statistics
  • 1,002,170 specimen records
  • 1,002,074 (100%) georeferenced
  • 329,469 (33%) identified to species
  • 795 families
  • 4,579 genera
  • 9,503 species
  • 9,549 total taxa (including subsp. and var.)
Extra Statistics
This project made possible by National Science Foundation Award EF 1207371