University of Alaska Museum (UAM) Insect specimens (Arctos) for GGBN

Latest version published by University of Alaska Museum of the North on Jul 14, 2021 University of Alaska Museum of the North

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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 280,000 records representing over 1.8 million specimens (as of Jan 2018), making this collection among the top ten largest in the US in entomology based on 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. 161,627 specimens have been identified to the species level - these represent 3,264 species. Coleoptera, Araneae, Odonata, and Hymenoptera are the most well-curated groups. 70,634 of these specimen records have been cited or otherwise used in 64 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 86,753 records.

5 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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Occurrence; Specimen; Specimen


John Wieczorek
  • Programmer
  • Originator
Information Architect
8401 Bariloche
Río Negro
Kyndall Hildebrandt
  • Metadata Provider
Genomic Resources Collection Manager
University of Alaska Museum
907 Yukon Drive
99775-6960 Fairbanks
(907) 474-6914
Derek Sikes
  • Point Of Contact
Curator of Insects
Dusty McDonald
  • Point Of Contact
Arctos Database Programmer

Geographic Coverage


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

Taxonomic Coverage

No Description available

Collection Data

Collection Name University of Alaska Museum (UAM) Insect specimens
Collection Identifier UAM:Ento
Parent Collection Identifier UAM

Additional Metadata