Texas Tech University - Invertebrate Zoology (TTU-TTU-Z)

The Invertebrate Zoology collection (TTU-Z) of the Museum of Texas Tech University is international in scope with an emphasis on arthropods from semi-arid and arid lands, especially from North America. The collection consists primarily of insects, arachnids, and crustaceans. The pinned collection contains over 3,200 genera and 7,500 identified species. These counts are underestimated because they were made over a decade ago and the majority of the collection holdings have not been identified nor cataloged. The estimated minimal numbers are: Pinned Insects about 1 million individuals, Med/Vet Zoology about 75,000, Arachnids under 50,000, Miscellaneous groups under 1,000. At least 3 million specimens are retained as sealed, bulk specimens. These samples are mostly cataloged and are being split and labeled as time permits (motivated by researchersÂ’ needs). There are currently slightly more than 800 type specimens (mostly paratypes) in the collection.
Contact: James Cokendolpher (james.cokendolpher@ttu.edu)
Collection Type: Preserved Specimens
Management: Live Data managed directly within data portal
Global Unique Identifier: d4e788b4-5d52-47a3-873e-227c6df49c7b
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Digital Metadata: EML File
Rights Holder: Museum of Texas Tech University
Access Rights: CC BY-NC (Attribution-Non-Commercial)
Museum of Texas Tech University
3301 4th Street
Lubbock, Texas   79415
Collection Statistics
  • 173,834 specimen records
  • 124,778 (72%) georeferenced
  • 24,514 (14%) with images
  • 47,395 (27%) identified to species
  • 589 families
  • 1,470 genera
  • 3,118 species
  • 3,263 total taxa (including subsp. and var.)
Extra Statistics
This project made possible by National Science Foundation Award EF 1207371