SUI Vertebrate Collection

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Ornithology: More than 31,000 birds (study skins or mounted), eggs, and nests. In 2015-2017 we are reorganizing and rehousing the entire collection under a National Science Foundation CSBR grant. Mammalogy: More than 5,000 study skins, skulls, skeletons, fluid-preserved specimens, and mounted specimens. Our collection includes specimens collected by John Bowles which were transferred from Central College. Other vertebrates: A small number of reptiles, fish, and amphibians.

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The University of Iowa, Museum of Natural History Vertebrate Collection (SUI)


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Occurrence; Specimen


Cindy Opitz
  • Metadata Provider
  • Originator
  • Point Of Contact
Collections Manager
University of Iowa Museum of Natural History
11 Macbride Hall
52242 Iowa City
+01 319-335-0481
Laura Russell
  • Programmer
VertNet Programmer
Dave Bloom
  • Programmer
VertNet Coordinator
John Wieczorek
  • Programmer
Information Architect
Museum of Vertebrate Zoology at UC Berkeley​
Trina Roberts
  • Curator
Pentacrest Museums: University of Iowa Museum of Natural History and Old Capitol Museum
10 Macbride Hall
52242 Iowa City
+01 319-335-1313

Geographic Coverage

Ornithology and mammal collections global in coverage, with nearly complete series of North American birds, and including birds from Laysan Island, Caribbean, Central and South America, Europe, Asia, and Australia. Mammals primarily from North American Midwest, plus South America, Africa, Asia, and Australia. Small collection of fish and herps from locations scattered across the globe.

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

Taxonomic Coverage

No Description available

Class Aves (Birds), Mammalia (Mammals), Amphibia (Amphibians), Reptilia (Reptiles)

Temporal Coverage

Living Time Period c. 1860 to present

Additional Metadata

Alternative Identifiers 04169fce-7d4f-41f7-9dff-245960f5b59e