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Museum of Comparative Zoology

The Entomology Type Collection

Welcome to the database of insect primary types in the collection of the Museum of Comparative Zoology at Harvard University.

This online database contains records for primary types in the entomology collections of the Museum of Comparative Zoology (MCZ). The MCZ insect type collection, one of the largest in North America, currently preserves the primary types of more than 28,000 species, representing 29 orders, 565 families, and 7,578 genera. In addition to such information as type label data, type stage and status, current species name (if available), the database includes high resolution images of the type specimens.

Download MANTIS: A FileMaker Pro database manager of taxonomic information and specimens

The E-Type Initiative: Protocols for imaging type specimens and creating image databases

Greatest Hits: A selection of some of the best MCZ type specimen images.

For further information please contact Dr. Philip Perkins (type specimens); Dr. Piotr Naskrecki (website technical); or Dr. Brian Farrell (direction and management).



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