Scarab Central: World Scarabaeoidea (UNL-SCARAB)

Scarab beetles (Scarabaeoidea) include over 31,000 described species, and current estimates suggest that the group includes at least 50,000 species world-wide. It is ecologically diverse with species that feed on roots, fruits, leaves, and rotting wood as well as detritivores that are associated with vertebrate carcasses and dung, and inquilines living in nests of vertebrates and invertebrates. The group is environmentally important, with many species of conservation, agricultural, biocontrol, cultural, and eco-service concern. For these reasons, biodiversity data on scarab beetles are essential. This database integrates data from several projects focused on New World scarab biodiversity. Combining these data greatly increases the power of our biodiversity knowledge. It allows development of regional catalogs, specimen-level information including character data, geographic and temporal distributions, host plant associations, and images. It contributes to the development of computer infrastructure for organizing and accessing knowledge about scarab beetles, and provides the foundation for future work in global scarab systematics
Contact: Brett C. Ratcliffe (
Collection Type: Preserved Specimens
Management: Live Data managed directly within data portal
Global Unique Identifier: 38c12dad-756f-494d-bf91-dedfde534b05
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Digital Metadata: EML File
Rights Holder: UNL
Access Rights: Access to most of the data will be open to the public. Certain data will be limited to special request in writing from bona fide researchers. Such information will be metadata about the collection data (i.e., when and who proofed the data), sensitive
Collection Statistics
  • 37,999 specimen records
  • 30,694 (81%) georeferenced
  • 37,709 (99%) identified to species
  • 1 families
  • 33 genera
  • 206 species
  • 207 total taxa (including subsp. and var.)
Extra Statistics
This project made possible by National Science Foundation Award EF 1207371