SCAN Portal Network Arthropod Specimens (SCAN)

The Symbiota Collections of Arthropods Network (SCAN) serves specimen occurrence records and images from over 100 North American arthropod collections for all arthropod taxa. The focus is on North America but global in scope. SCAN is built on Symbiota, a web-based collections database system that is used for other taxonomic data portals, including (Symbiota Portals). SCAN is the primary repository for occurrence data produced by the three continuing Thematic Collections Networks (TCNs), the Southwest Collections of Arthropods Network (SCAN TCN), the Lepidoptera of North America Network (LepNet TCN), and arthropod data produced by InvertEBase TCN. InvertEBase serves occurrence data for mollusk and other non-arthropod taxa. We also host observational data, the largest data provider is iNaturalist. Each collection is primarily responsible for their data and we have structured the database to make it easy to include collections of interest when querying the database.

Contacts: Neil Cobb,
Collection Type: Preserved Specimens
Management: Data harvested from a data aggregator
Last Update: 17 September 2019
Digital Metadata: EML File
Cite this collection:
SCAN Portal Network Arthropod Specimens. Occurrence dataset (ID: b52e85ef-a9aa-4e98-b2d4-1a03a30360b2) accessed via the NEON Biorepository Data Portal,, 2024-04-17).
Collection Statistics
  • 10,813 specimen records
  • 10,815 (100%) georeferenced
  • 1,724 (16%) with images (2,088 total images)
  • 4,707 (44%) identified to species
  • 221 families
  • 818 genera
  • 1,038 species
  • 1,045 total taxa (including subsp. and var.)
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