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Museum of Southwestern Biology (MSB) Mammal specimens (Arctos) for GGBN

Latest version published by Museum of Southwestern Biology on Sep 21, 2019 Museum of Southwestern Biology

Division of Mammals, Museum of Southwestern Biology, Albuquerque, NM. The Division of Mammals contains over 325,000 catalogued specimens and is now the 2nd largest in the world. Specimens date back to the 1880's with the majority documenting the rapid environmental change that has occurred since the 1950's. The collections are taxonomically broad, representing 27 orders, 106 families, 531 genera, ~1,700 species. The majority from the Orders Rodentia (257,000), Chiroptera (26,000), Carnivora (20,000), Soricomorpha (15,000) and Artiodactyla (7,700). The collections are world-wide in scope (78 countries and all 50 US states) with particularly strong holdings from Western North America (225,000 specimens), Beringia and high latitudes (37,000 from Alaska, Russia and Canada), Mongolia (6,500 specimens and parasites), and Latin America (10,200 specimens from Bolivia 7,000 from Chile; 10,000 from Panama). The collection contains 85 holotypes or paratypes, 179 parasite symbiotypes and 22 virus symbiotypes. Important collections integrated into the MSB include the USGS Biological Surveys collection (30,000), the UIMNH (Hoffmeister) Collection (33,000), and the Rausch Collection (4,000 specimens and parasites). Specimens range from traditional skin/skull and fluid vouchers to "holistic vouchers" containing skin, skull, post-cranial skeleton, up to seven tissue types (heart, kidney, liver, lung, spleen, muscle, blood), cell suspensions, and ecto and endo parasites. Additionally, frozen tissue samples are available for about 200,000 individual mammals and date back to the late 1970's. 37,000 specimens have serology data associated with hantavirus surveillance programs in the Americas. The MSB houses an extensive archive of field journals and catalogues that date to the 1900's and are associated with specimens held in the collection. The collections are growing rapidly through the active research programs of curators, staff and students and ongoing collaborations with other institutions and governmental agencies.

Data Records

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  • MaterialSample 
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Division of Mammals, Museum of Southwestern Biology (MSB)


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Occurrence; Specimen; Specimen


Who created the resource:

Jon Dunnum
Senior Collection Manager

Who can answer questions about the resource:

Joseph Cook
Curator of Mammals
Jon Dunnum
Senior Collection Manager
Adrienne Raniszewski
Mariel Campbell

Who filled in the metadata:

Mariel Campbell

Who else was associated with the resource:

John Wieczorek
Information Architect
VertNet 8401 Bariloche Río Negro AR
Point Of Contact
Dusty McDonald
Arctos Database Programmer

Geographic Coverage


Bounding Coordinates South West [-90, -180], North East [90, 180]

Taxonomic Coverage


Class  Mammalia (Mammals)

Collection Data

Collection Name Museum of Southwestern Biology (MSB) Mammal specimens
Collection Identifier MSB:Mamm
Parent Collection Identifier MSB

Additional Metadata

Alternative Identifiers http://ipt.vertnet.org:8080/ipt/resource?r=msb_mammal_ggbn