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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
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).