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AntWeb

AntWeb is the world's largest online database of images, specimen records, and natural history information on ants. It is community driven and open to contribution from anyone with specimen records, natural history comments, or images.

Collection Type: Preserved Specimens
Management: Data snapshot of local collection database
Last Update: 24 May 2023
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Digital Metadata: EML File
Usage Rights: CC BY (Attribution)
Rights Holder: California Academy of Sciences


CUMV-Fish Collection

Cornell University Museum of Vertebrates

The CUMV Fish Collection was established shortly after the founding of the university in 1865. Many of our earliest specimens were collected by well-known researchers such as David Starr Jordan, Carl Eigenmann, Charles Frederick Hartt and Seth Meek. By 1935, the collection contained only 3,000 lots, but during the following 35 years, Edward Raney and his students built the finest collection of eastern North American freshwater fishes in existence today. In Collette and Lachner's (1976) report on fish collections in the United States and Canada, the CUMV Fish Collection ranked thirteenth among all collections and fourth among National Resource Centers in North America. Although there is worldwide representation of both marine and freshwater species, the bulk of the collection is strongly representative of freshwater fishes from eastern North America and has formed the basis for numerous systematic works on the North American fish fauna. Much of the material is in large geographic series, and many sites have been sampled repeatedly through extended periods of time. Some specimens are from the original New York State Biological Survey (1926–1939). Many of our collections are from the highly industrialized Northeast and Middle Atlantic states and thus document earlier faunas in habitats now greatly altered, and we have repeated samples through time from many of these localities. The primary activities for the last several years has been collection building efforts directed toward African freshwater fishes.

Collection Manager: Casey Dillman, cbd63@cornell.edu
Collection Type: Preserved Specimens
Management: Data snapshot of local collection database
Last Update: 27 June 2022
Digital Metadata: EML File


UF-ORNITHOLOGY

Division of Ornithology

UF Florida Museum of Natural History Birds

Collection Type: Preserved Specimens
Management: Data snapshot of local collection database
Last Update: 8 June 2022
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Digital Metadata: EML File


DUKE

Duke University Vascular Herbarium

Contacts: Michael D. Windham / Layne Huiet, mdw26 at duke.edu / rlh22 at duke.edu
Collection Type: Preserved Specimens
Management: Data snapshot of local collection database
Last Update: 30 August 2022
Digital Metadata: EML File

eBird Observation Dataset

eBird is a collective enterprise that takes a novel approach to citizen science by developing cooperative partnerships among experts in a wide range of fields: population ecologists, conservation biologists, quantitative ecologists, statisticians, computer scientists, GIS and informatics specialists, application developers, and data administrators. Managed by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology eBird’s goal is to increase data quantity through participant recruitment and engagement globally, but also to quantify and control for data quality issues such as observer variability, imperfect detection of species, and both spatial and temporal bias in data collection. eBird data are openly available and used by a broad spectrum of students, teachers, scientists, NGOs, government agencies, land managers, and policy makers. The result is that eBird has become a major source of biodiversity data, increasing our knowledge of the dynamics of species distributions, and having a direct impact on the conservation of birds and their habitats.

In GBIF, searched publisher: Cornell Lab of Ornithology . 

1. POLYGON((-82.37256 29.6268,-82.33921 29.6268,-82.33921 29.65222,-82.37256 29.65222,-82.37256 29.6268))

2. POLYGON((-82.34014 29.64102,-82.32005 29.64102,-82.32005 29.652,-82.34014 29.652,-82.34014 29.64102))

*Cannot upload files >500 mb into the portal, thus two rounds. 

Collection Type: Observations
Management: Data snapshot of local collection database
Last Update: 8 December 2022
Digital Metadata: EML File

Florida Museum of Natural History, McGuire Center for Lepidoptera and Biodiversity

The Florida Museum of Natural History’s McGuire Center for Lepidoptera and Biodiversity, on the University of Florida campus in Gainesville, Florida, has become one of the world’s largest institutions for research on butterflies and moths, and an important research facility for insect science. The facility was constructed by combining the staff and merging the Lepidoptera holdings from the Allyn Museum of Entomology, the Florida State Collection of Arthropods and other University of Florida collections, and now may include over ten million specimens from all over the world, rivaling some of the largest Lepidoptera research collections globally. The facility includes a team of domestic and international researchers studying many areas of lepidopterology, including behavior, biodiversity, biogeography, ecology, genomics, physiology, systematics and taxonomy.
Curator: Akito Kawahara, kawahara@flmnh.ufl.edu
Collection Type: Preserved Specimens
Management: Data snapshot of local collection database
Last Update: 22 April 2024
Digital Metadata: EML File


iNaturalist-Aves

iNaturalist Bird Observations - Research Grade

Filters: taxa = Aves (order), state = Florida

GBIF.org (15 September 2022) GBIF Occurrence Download https://doi.org/10.15468/dl.vxc8dd

Collection Type: Observations
Management: Data snapshot of local collection database
Last Update: 24 May 2023
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Digital Metadata: EML File

iNaturalist Fungi Observations - Research Grade

Research-graded iNaturalist records for Fungi in the state of Florida. 

GBIF.org (23 May 2024) GBIF Occurrence Download https://doi.org/10.15468/dl.3me2m2

Collection Type: Observations
Management: Data snapshot of local collection database
Last Update: 24 May 2024
Digital Metadata: EML File


iNaturalist-Insects

iNaturalist Insects Observations - Research Grade

Research-graded iNaturalist records for Insecta in the state of Florida. Research-graded iNaturalist records for Annelids, Gastrods, and Arachnids, in the state of Florida. 

GBIF.org (28 June 2022) GBIF Occurrence Download https://doi.org/10.15468/dl.3ut48n

Collection Type: Observations
Management: Data snapshot of local collection database
Last Update: 24 May 2023
Digital Metadata: EML File


iNaturalist-Invertebrates (non-insect)

iNaturalist Invertebrates (non-insect) Observations - Research Grade

Research-graded iNaturalist records for Annelids, Gastrods, and Arachnids, in the state of Florida. 

Collection Type: Observations
Management: Data snapshot of local collection database
Last Update: 25 August 2022
Digital Metadata: EML File


iNaturalist-Mammals

iNaturalist Mammal Observation - Research Grade

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Publisher iNaturalist.org

Scientific name Mammalia

GBIF.org (13 June 2022) GBIF Occurrence Download https://doi.org/10.15468/dl.br5kre

Collection Type: Observations
Management: Data snapshot of local collection database
Last Update: 9 September 2022
Digital Metadata: EML File


iNaturalist-Amphibians and Reptiles

iNaturalist Observations - Research Grade

GBIF.org (23 June 2022) GBIF Occurrence Download https://doi.org/10.15468/dl.79af3g

Collection Type: Observations
Management: Data snapshot of local collection database
Last Update: 9 September 2022
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Digital Metadata: EML File


iNaturalist-Observations

iNaturalist Plant Observation - Research Grade

This is a snapshot collection of Research-Grade observations from the iNaturalist.org platform as published through GBIF.

The dataset was preformed by searching for: Country = US, state = Florida

GBIF.org (03 June 2022) GBIF Occurrence Download  https://doi.org/10.15468/dl.g5dmgd

Collection Type: Observations
Management: Data snapshot of local collection database
Last Update: 23 January 2023
Digital Metadata: EML File


JUFL

Jacksonville University Herbarium

Contacts: Nisse Goldberg, Chair, Department of Biology and Marine Science, Ngoldbe@ju.edu
Collection Type: Preserved Specimens
Management: Data snapshot of local collection database
Last Update: 30 August 2022
Digital Metadata: EML File


BioGator-LI

Living Specimens

A collection of living, native plant specimens that were translocated in McCarty Woods Conservation Area at the University of Florida. 

Collection Type: Observations
Management: Live Data managed directly within data portal
Global Unique Identifier: 6b279561-e5fc-44c2-8750-84a3932ab4c3
Digital Metadata: EML File


LSU-Vascular Plants

Louisiana State University, Shirley C. Tucker Herbarium

Shirley C. Tucker Herbarium at Louisiana State University, Vascular Plant Collection contains 310,000+ specimens. Several regional herbaria are integrated entirely or in part, including NO, LSUS, MCN, NLU, Eglin Air Force Base, and New Orleans Academy of Sciences. Only Tulane University Herbarium (NO) remains a distinct collection.  Geographic distribution is global, but strengths are Louisiana and the southeastern USA, southen California, Colorado Rocky Mountains, Yucatan Peninsula, Colombia and Brazil. Families well-represented include Asteraceae, Fabaceae, Cyperaceae, Rubiaceae, and Poaceae. Significant collectors include: Fr. G. Arsène, L. M. Booth, C. A. Brown, I. W. Clokey, R. S. Cocks, D. Demaree, J. A. Ewan, A. Featherman, A. Gray, J. Hale, J. F. Joor, D. D. Keck, E. P. Killip, J. G. Lemmon, Y. E. J. Mexia, F. W. Peirson, N. F. Peterson, J. L. Riddell, and D. Stone, R. D. Thomas, S. C. Tucker, L. E. Urbatsch, I. Vélez, and E. C. Wurzlow.

Contacts: Jennifer S. Kluse, Collections Manager, jkluse@lsu.edu
Collection Type: Preserved Specimens
Management: Data snapshot of local collection database
Last Update: 30 August 2022
Digital Metadata: EML File

Lucky Lab's UF Ants

Collection Type: Preserved Specimens
Management: Live Data managed directly within data portal
Global Unique Identifier: c24dedab-b85f-4308-89da-4184353b2b5d
Digital Metadata: EML File


UWFP

Michael I. Cousens Herbarium, University of West Florida

The Michael I. Cousens Herbarium of the University of West Florida (UWFP) was established 30 October 1974 (as the Herbarium of the University of West Florida) for the purpose of documenting the Flora of the Florida panhandle and neighboring states. Currently, its holdings include approximately 22,000 vascular plant specimens of 3500 species and smaller collections of bryophytes and macroalgae.

Important collectors represented are R. K. Godfrey, L. C. Anderson, J. B. Nelson, B. F. Hansen, J. R. Abbott, J. R. Burkhalter, and O. Degener. The core of the permanent exsiccatae collection consists of approximately 10,500 specimens from over 600 locations in Escambia County, FL, representing 1,600 species, making it one of the most biodiverse county floras in the United States.

Contacts: Philip Darby, pdarby@uwf.edu
Collection Type: Preserved Specimens
Management: Data snapshot of local collection database
Last Update: 30 August 2022
Digital Metadata: EML File


MCZ-Herpetology Collection

Museum of Comparative Zoology

The Museum of Comparative Zoology was founded in 1859 on the concept that collections are an integral and fundamental component of zoological research and teaching. This more than 150-year-old commitment remains a strong and proud tradition for the MCZ. The present-day MCZ contains over 21-million specimens in ten research collections which comprise one of the world's richest and most varied resources for studying the diversity of life. The museum serves as the primary repository for zoological specimens collected by past and present Harvard faculty-curators, staff and associates conducting research around the world. As a premier university museum and research institution, the specimens and their related data are available to researchers of the scientific and museum community.

Collection Type: Preserved Specimens
Management: Data snapshot of local collection database
Last Update: 22 June 2022
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Digital Metadata: EML File


NEON-OSBS

Ordway-Swisher Biological Station

Collection Type: Preserved Specimens
Management: Data harvested from a data aggregator
Last Update: 21 September 2022
Digital Metadata: EML File


UF-ICHTHYOLOGY

UF FLMNH Ichthyology

The UF Fish Collection, dating to 1917, contains 214,205 lots and 2,300,803 specimens. Included are representatives of 8,250 species from 400 families. The collection includes 93 primary types and approximately 1,600 lots of secondary types representing 563 species. Also in the collection are 5,825 specimens of disarticulated and articulated skeletons representing 875 species. Especially notable are historic collections of large and important marine fishes as well as rapidly growing collections of freshwater fishes from Southeast Asia. In 2006, the museum expanded its program to archive frozen tissue samples with a newly established UF Genetic Resources Collection. Tissues of fishes are stored in -20ºC freezers and number 4,150 samples of 900 species. All specimens and tissues are databased online and available for loan.

Collection Manager: Rob Robins, rhrobins@flmnh.ufl.edu
Curator: Larry Page, lpage@ufl.edu
Collection Type: Preserved Specimens
Management: Data snapshot of local collection database
Last Update: 11 June 2022
Digital Metadata: EML File


UA-ICHTHYOLOGY

University of Alabama Ichthyology Collection

The State of Alabama contains the most diverse fish fauna of North America. The University of Alabama Ichthyological Collection (UAIC) documents this diversity and is one of the largest educational and research collections of fishes in the southeastern United States. This nationally and internationally recognized biological resource includes over one million preserved, skeletal, and frozen specimens, some dating back to the mid 1900's, and is the best single resource documenting past and present distributions and abundances of fishes in the State.

Coordinator of Zoological Collections: Worth Pugh, mwpugh@ua.edu
Collection Type: Preserved Specimens
Management: Data snapshot of local collection database
Last Update: 24 June 2022
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Digital Metadata: EML File


FTU

University of Central Florida Herbarium

Contacts: Elizabeth Harris, elizabeth.harris@ucf.edu
Collection Type: Preserved Specimens
Management: Data snapshot of local collection database
Last Update: 30 August 2022
Digital Metadata: EML File


UCFC

University of Central Florida Stuart M. Fullerton Collection of Arthropods

Vouchered occurrence records for arthropods, primarily insects, from the Stuart M. Fullerton Collection of Arthropods at the University of Central Florida.

Curator: Hojun Song, song@ucf.edu
Collection Type: Preserved Specimens
Management: Data snapshot of local collection database
Last Update: 8 July 2022
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Digital Metadata: EML File


FLAS-Plants

University of Florida Herbarium

The UF Herbarium (FLAS), established in 1891 as the Herbarium of Florida Agricultural College, contains approximately 1/2 million specimens, including vascular plants, bryophytes, lichens, algae, fungi, wood samples and seed vials. The collection is rich in historical material dating back into the mid-19th century, providing a valuable resource for identification and taxonomy. There are over 280,000 accessioned sheets of vascular plants with a major focus on the flora of the southeastern United States and select circum-Caribbean areas, especially Haiti. Important collectors include J.R. Abbott, A.H. Curtiss, A. Cuthbert, A.K. Gholson, R.K. Godfrey, H.H. Hume, W.S. Judd, F. Rugel, J.K. Small, E.P. St. John, R.P. St. John, and E. West. The bryophyte and lichen collections comprise approximately 160,000 specimens of worldwide scope with an excellent representation of species from Florida and tropical areas such as Costa Rica, Venezuela, and Brazil, including collections by D.G. Griffin, III, and S. Rapp. The fungal herbarium holds about 45,000 specimens with the majority being Florida fungi (especially agarics, boletes, and polypores) and includes ca. 1,000 historic W.A. Murrill types and zygomycetes of R.K. Benjamin and G. Benny. The 18,000 sample wood collection is of worldwide coverage. Most of the 3,500 algal specimens are macroalgae from coastal Florida.

Contacts: Alan Franck, francka@ufl.edu
Collection Type: Preserved Specimens
Management: Data snapshot of local collection database
Last Update: 28 July 2022
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Digital Metadata: EML File
Rights Holder: University of Florida


FLAS-Fungi

University of Florida Herbarium

The University of Florida Herbarium is a unit of the Department of Natural History of the Florida Museum of Natural History. The herbarium is affiliated with the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, Florida Agricultural Experiment Station, Florida Cooperative Extension Service, Department of Biology and the Department of Plant Pathology. The FLAS acronym is the standard international abbreviation for the University of Florida Herbarium. It is derived from the herbarium's early association with the Florida Agricultural Experiment Station. Our mission focuses in plant collections acquisition and care, research based on the collections, education and public service.

Curator: Matthew Smith, trufflesmith@ufl.edu
Collection Type: Preserved Specimens
Management: Data snapshot of local collection database
Last Update: 7 September 2022
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Digital Metadata: EML File


UF-HERP

University of Florida Herpetology

Collection Type: Preserved Specimens
Management: Data snapshot of local collection database
Last Update: 31 August 2022
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Digital Metadata: EML File


UF-INVERTEBRATES

University of Florida Invertebrate Zoology

The UF Invertebrate collection holds ~580,000 databased lots of mollusks and marine invertebrates. It began as a Malacology collection almost 100 years ago and the collection is particularly strong in non-marine mollusks. Approximately ~85% of the holdings are mollusks but since 2000 the collection was expanded to cover all invertebrate phyla, focusing on marine taxa. Today it holds >40,000 species from 28 phyla.

Curator: Gustav Paulay, paulay@flmnh.ufl.edu
Collection Type: Preserved Specimens
Management: Data snapshot of local collection database
Last Update: 20 June 2022
Digital Metadata: EML File


UF-MAMMALS

University of Florida Mammals

Collection Type: Preserved Specimens
Management: Data snapshot of local collection database
Last Update: 29 April 2022
Digital Metadata: EML File


UMMZ-Division of Reptiles & Amphibians

University of Michigan Museum of Zoology

The Division of Reptiles and Amphibians maintains a collection that is worldwide in scope and is the second largest of its kind in the world. Presently, the research collections contain over 200,000 catalogued lots representing nearly a half million individual specimens, which includes nearly 500 primary type specimens with high resolution digital images. The average growth over the last ten years has been nearly 1500 specimens per year. Our auxiliary research collections include skeletal preparations (both dry and cleared & stained), frozen tissue samples, radiographs, kodachrome slides, digital images including CT scans, histological micro slides, and a large collection (over 250,000 records) of ecological vouchers collected from our Edwin S. George Reserve in Livingston County, Michigan. Additionally, .pdf versions of our valuable Field Notebook Collection and a collection of 37 audio tapes containing hundreds of recordings of anuran vocalizations has been digitized and can be accessed via the Division's webpage and the University of Michigan Digital Library. All of the above mentioned collections have been inventoried and the data associated with them have been entered into, and maintained in computer databases, with representative samples presented by the Digital Library.

Contacts: UMMZ Reptiles & Amphibians Data UMMZ, ummz-herp-data@umich.edu
Collection Type: Preserved Specimens
Management: Data snapshot of local collection database
Last Update: 22 June 2022
Digital Metadata: EML File


UMMZ-Division of Fishes

University of Michigan Museum of Zoology

The collections of the Fish Division comprise 193,555 cataloged lots, with over 3.4 million total specimens. 406 fish families, 2,901 genera and approximately 8,000 nominal species are represented in the collections. In addition to formalin-fixed, alcohol-preserved specimens, the collections contain 10,176 dry skeletons and 10,458 cleared and stained glycerin preparations. Type material representing more than 1,500 nominal species includes 626 primary type specimens and 4,385 lots of paratypes. Geographic strengths of the collections include North American fresh and marine waters, Southeast Asia, South America, and Mexico, but all major aquatic habitats are represented. Digital images of field notes (> 5,000 records) and fish specimens (> 6,000 images), as well as catalog records and other collection documents, are available to researchers upon request.

Contacts: UMMZ Fish Division UMMZ, ummz-fish-data@umich.edu
Collection Type: Preserved Specimens
Management: Data snapshot of local collection database
Last Update: 24 June 2022
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Digital Metadata: EML File


NCU-Vascular Plants

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Herbarium

Herbarium Curatrix: Carol Ann McCormick, mccormick@unc.edu, +1-919-962-6931
Herbarium Director: Alan Weakley, weakley@unc.edu, +1-919-962-0522
Collection Type: Preserved Specimens
Management: Data snapshot of local collection database
Last Update: 30 August 2022
Digital Metadata: EML File


TENN

University of Tennessee Vascular Herbarium

The TENN vascular collection has a strong emphasis on widespread and/or temperate taxa. Even though the collection houses representative specimens of the world's flora, it is unique in having the largest collection of specimens from the state of Tennessee, the historical collections documenting the flora of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park (a World Biosphere Reserve), and the large, general collection from throughout the southern Appalachians. Significant and representative collections are also present from the remainder of the U. S., including Alaska, Central and South America, and Afro-Eurasia. The pteridophyte collection is more cosmopolitan than the rest of the vascular plant collection due, in large part, to the collecting and exchange of A. M. Evans and A. J. Sharp.

Contacts: Margaret Oliver, Collections Manager, molive18@utk.edu
Collection Type: Preserved Specimens
Management: Data snapshot of local collection database
Last Update: 30 August 2022
Digital Metadata: EML File


VDB

Vanderbilt University Herbarium

Contacts: Tiana Rehman, herbarium@brit.org
Collection Type: Preserved Specimens
Management: Data snapshot of local collection database
Last Update: 30 August 2022
Digital Metadata: EML File