Colorado Plateau Museum of Arthropod Biodiversity (NAUF-CPMAB)

The Colorado Plateau Museum of Arthropod Biodiversity (CPMAB) is one of the museums within the Colorado Plateau Biodiversity Center at Northern Arizona University. The museum houses over 230,000 arthropod specimens, primarily from the western United States and Mexico. Our geographic area of focus is the Colorado Plateau and adjacent regions in the Southwest. The major goal of the museum is to make the collection more relevant to ecologists, especially those working on projects related to issues of conservation and biodiversity. We provide entomological consultation regarding identification and biology of insect and spider pests as well as 'bugs' that people are just curious in knowing about.
Contact: Neil Cobb (
Collection Type: Preserved Specimens
Management: Live Data managed directly within data portal
Global Unique Identifier: c87a0756-fdd7-4cb6-9921-ca5774f8330e
Digital Metadata: EML File
Colorado Plateau Museum of Arthropod Biodiversity
Northern Arizona University
Building 21, Room 129
Flagstaff, Arizona   86011
Collection Statistics
  • 65,496 specimen records
  • 60,729 (93%) georeferenced
  • 1,489 (2%) with images
  • 20,984 (32%) identified to species
  • 425 families
  • 1,304 genera
  • 1,850 species
  • 1,880 total taxa (including subsp. and var.)
Extra Statistics
The National Science Foundation
This project made possible by National Science Foundation Award EF 1207371