Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Invertebrate Zoology Collection (CMNH-INV)

Carnegie Museum of Natural History invertebrate holdings are worldwide in coverage, especially Afrotropical and Neotropical regions. Most specimens in the collection are in the Phylum Arthropoda, with greatest emphasis on insects, myriapods, arachnids, and crustacea. The insect collection of the Invertebrate Zoology collection contains an estimated 13 million specimens of which more than 7 million are prepared, labelled, and ready for study. Invertebrate Zoology’s overarching collection’s primary strengths are Lepidoptera and Coleoptera but with strong collections in Diptera, Odonata, Heteroptera, Homoptera, Hymenoptera, and Siphonaptera. These collections augment studies by staff, but they are also used for research by hundreds of specialists worldwide where they constitute the basis for numerous scientific publications. These collections benefit present and future generations, and in their immensity comprise a public trust as a unique record of the natural world. The specimens published in this portal are pinned Carabid vouchers collected at NEON terrestrial sites (NEON sample class: bet_IDandpinning_in.individualID). Vouchers published here are expert identified and retained at CMNH but derive from the same sampling protocols and are related to the same NEON data products as the NEON Carabid Collection (Pinned Vouchers) (NEON-CARC-PV).

Contacts: James Fetzner,
Collection Type: Preserved Specimens
Management: Data snapshot of local collection database
Last Update: 10 June 2022
Digital Metadata: EML File
Cite this collection:
Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Invertebrate Zoology Collection. Occurrence dataset (ID: 752a6d0c-9897-4940-bc52-42c4a55b89c8) accessed via the NEON Biorepository Data Portal,, 2024-04-15).
Carnegie Museum of Invertebrate Zoology Attn Dr. Jim Fetzner
Section of Invertebrate Zoology
4400 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA   15213-4080
Collection Statistics
  • 13,078 specimen records
  • 13,078 (100%) georeferenced
  • 1 (0.01%) with images (1 total images)
  • 1,622 BOLD genetic references
  • 270 publication references
  • 12,498 (96%) identified to species
  • 1 families
  • 60 genera
  • 208 species
  • 230 total taxa (including subsp. and var.)
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