UAM Insect Collection (Arctos)

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The UAM Insect collection is the northern-most facility of its kind in the United States. 98.5% of our records are from Alaska. Although a young collection (begun in 2000), we have recently surpassed 200,000 records representing over 1 million specimens (as of June 2014), making this collection the fourth largest in the US in entomology with data served to iDigBio. Over 99% of these records have been georeferenced. Over 75% of the pinned collection has been databased; approximately 10% of the wet collection has been databased. At least one specimen of every lowest identification, in both the pinned and wet collections, has been databased so we have a complete online taxon inventory of the collection. 136,257 specimens have been identified to the species level - these represent 2,869 species (23% are apparent new records for the state). Coleoptera, Odonata, and Hymenoptera are the most well-curated groups. 56,187 of these specimen records have been cited or otherwise used in 38 peer-reviewed publications. Please use this DOI to cite this collection / dataset:

Data Records

The data in this occurrence resource has been published as a Darwin Core Archive (DwC-A), which is a standardized format for sharing biodiversity data as a set of one or more data tables. The core data table contains 408,782 records.

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:

University of Alaska Museum Insect Collection (UAM), University of Alaska Fairbanks


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GBIF Registration

This resource has been registered with GBIF, and assigned the following GBIF UUID: 8044ee43-c5fe-44da-ad96-cc1a9cfb91ba.  University of Alaska Museum of the North publishes this resource, and is itself registered in GBIF as a data publisher endorsed by U.S. Geological Survey.


Occurrence; Specimen; Occurrence


Derek Sikes
  • Metadata Provider
  • Originator
  • Point Of Contact
Curator of Insects
University of Alaska Museum
907 Yukon Drive
99775-6960 Fairbanks
Laura Russell
  • Programmer
VertNet Programmer
David Bloom
  • Programmer
VertNet Coordinator
John Wieczorek
  • Programmer
Information Architect
Museum of Vertebrate Zoology at UC Berkeley
Dusty McDonald
  • Point Of Contact
Arctos Database Programmer
University of Alaska Museum

Geographic Coverage

North America, Europe, Asia, West Indies, Central America

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

Taxonomic Coverage

Insecta, Arachnida, Myriapoda, Chelicerata, Entognatha, Chilopoda, Clitellata, Malacostraca, Gastropoda, Diplopoda, Maxillopoda, Branchiopoda, Crustacea, Bivalvia

Class Insecta

Temporal Coverage

Living Time Period 1883 to present

Additional Metadata

Alternative Identifiers 8044ee43-c5fe-44da-ad96-cc1a9cfb91ba