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Museum Collection in iDigBio

One of the largest of its kind in the United States, the Museum's scientific collection provides taxonomic, geographic, and chronological data about its molluscan holdings to a broad range of users in zoology, marine biology, genetics, conservation, geology, and other fields of science. For almost a year now, our collection catalog data has been available via the Museum’s web portal. In a major step to enhance the accessibility of the catalog, making it available to a much larger audience, catalog data are also available now via the global data aggregator iDigBio (Integrated Digitized Biocollections). This includes data related to 130,755 catalog lots, including 2,826 composite images.


Collection volunteer Linda Annesley prepares material for cataloging.

iDigBio integrates information from hundreds of natural history collections. Data aggregators such as iDigBio are the natural history equivalents of online travel resources like Expedia, Travelocity, or Orbitz. By performing a single search (instead of searching each airline) for your destination and travel dates, a given online agency will retrieve all the flights that fall within your choices. Likewise, iDigBio enables users, by performing a single search, to scour all those museum collections for records of, for example, the presence of a given species in an island through a given period of time.


Visit the Museum collection iDigBio page here; search by clicking “Search Recordset”.