Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History Entomology Collection (SBMNH-SBMNHENT)

The Entomology Collection at Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History (SBMNH) contains over 300,000 specimens, including both insects and arachnids. The collections focus primarily on the Santa Barbara region, including important holdings from the California Channel Islands. In addition to Channel Islands material, the collection is very strong in California beetles (Coleoptera), moths and butterflies (Lepidoptera), and parasitic wasps (Hymenoptera). The dry collection is housed in modern metal cabinets, in Cornell-style drawers, and is mostly sorted to the family level. The collection holds about 20 primary types, described as a result of California beetle surveys, housed separately from the remainder of the collection. Representation is very strong from the Transverse Ranges, including the mountains of Santa Barbara, Ventura, Kern, Los Angeles, San Bernardino, and Riverside counties. Desert areas to the east are also well represented, as is the southern Sierra Nevada.
Contact: Matthew L. Gimmel (
Collection Type: Preserved Specimens
Management: Live Data managed directly within data portal
Global Unique Identifier: a8a49613-67d0-48cc-8563-14c76462a46d
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Digital Metadata: EML File
Collection Statistics
  • 112,698 specimen records
  • 112,147 (100%) georeferenced
  • 4 (0%) with images
  • 46,942 (42%) identified to species
  • 121 families
  • 1,169 genera
  • 2,259 species
  • 2,263 total taxa (including subsp. and var.)
Extra Statistics
This project made possible by National Science Foundation Award EF 1207371