Museum of Southwestern Biology, Division of Arthropods (UNM-MSBA)

The MSB Division of Arthropods houses collections from the southwestern US as well as Central and South America and other areas of the world. Species concentrations are in Arachnida, Myriapoda, Coleoptera, Lepidoptera, and Orthoptera. The collection began with material from ecological research (including LTER sites and several NPS sites) and is now increasing its systematics focus. There are an estimated 200,000 specimens but many are still being integrated into the collection.
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Collection Type: Preserved Specimens
Management: Live Data managed directly within data portal
Global Unique Identifier: cf2cd47f-8b74-43a7-b5e4-5bedf5d18cde
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Digital Metadata: EML File
Rights Holder: Museum of Southwestern Biology
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Museum of Southwestern Biology, Division of Arthropods
University of New Mexico
302 Yale Blvd. NE
University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, New Mexico   87131-0001
United States
Collection Statistics
  • 44,489 specimen records
  • 44,437 (100%) georeferenced
  • 75 (0.17%) with images
  • 22,503 (51%) identified to species
  • 482 families
  • 2,255 genera
  • 3,609 species
  • 3,669 total taxa (including subsp. and var.)
Extra Statistics
This project made possible by National Science Foundation Award EF 1207371