Alabama Museum of Natural History Insect Specimens (Arctos)

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The Entomology Collection contains approximately 500K specimens, including two historical pinned collections of Lepidoptera and Coleoptera and a large collection of aquatic insects.

Data Records

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1 extension data tables also exist. An extension record supplies extra information about a core record. The number of records in each extension data table is illustrated below.

Occurrence (core)

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How to cite

Researchers should cite this work as follows:

Alabama Museum of Natural History Bird Collection. Individual specimens should be cited as ALMNH:Ento: followed by the integer catalog number.


Researchers should respect the following rights statement:

The publisher and rights holder of this work is Alabama Museum of Natural History. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial (CC-BY-NC 4.0) License.

GBIF Registration

This resource has been registered with GBIF, and assigned the following GBIF UUID: 09ed130d-3052-4e3e-a92c-6660344732ac.  Alabama Museum of Natural History publishes this resource, and is itself registered in GBIF as a data publisher endorsed by U.S. Geological Survey.


Occurrence; Specimen; Occurrence; Specimen


John Abbott
  • Originator
  • Point Of Contact
Director of Museum Research and Collections
University of Alabama Museums
Brooke Bogan
  • Metadata Provider
Collections Manager
Alabama Museum of Natural History
David Bloom
  • Programmer
VertNet Coordinator
John Wieczorek
  • Programmer
Information Architect

Geographic Coverage

The specimens in the University of Alabama entomology collections have historically been, and continue to be, collected from all over the world.

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

Taxonomic Coverage

Includes every major group of insects (class Insecta). Significant collections of Lepidoptera, Odonata and Coleoptera.

Class Insecta (Insects)

Temporal Coverage

Living Time Period 1879-01 - Present

Collection Data

Collection Name Alabama Museum of Natural History Insect specimens
Collection Identifier
Parent Collection Identifier ALMNH
Specimen preservation methods

Additional Metadata

Arctos Data Ownership and Use:;

Purpose Active research collection since inception that is still growing to this day. Also utilized for museum outreach events and teaching.
Alternative Identifiers 09ed130d-3052-4e3e-a92c-6660344732ac