Biodiversity Institute Collections Access

Botany Collections

The McGregor Herbarium houses approximately 400,000 specimens accumulated by Botany staff during the past 150 years.

Lichen database

Vascular Plant database


Entomology Collections

The Entomology collections at the KU Biodiversity Institute are estimated to contain over 4.8 million pinned and labeled specimens.

Entomology database

Collections Resources for Aquatic Coleoptera (CReAC) database     


Herpetology Collections

Herpetology houses one of the largest collections in the world (340,000 specimens representing more than 5000 species from 156 countries).

Herpetology database


Ichthyology Collections

The Ichthyology collection contains more than 680,000 specimens and approximately 11,000 tissues of fishes from around the world

Ichthyology voucher database

Ichthyology tissue database


Invertebrate Paleontology Collections

The invertebrate paleontology collection is ranked among the top 10 largest fossil invertebrate collections in the country and has over 900,000 fossil invertebrate and microfossil specimens from all over the world, including more than 6,000 type specimens.

Invertebrate Paleontology database


Mammalogy Collections

The mammal collection is one of the world's largest (the fifth largest mammal collection in North America and the second largest university collection in the world).

Mammals database


Ornithology Collection

The Ornithology collection is the third largest avian osteological collection in the world, and the second most diverse avian tissue collection in the world. The study skin collections total > 60,000 specimens.

Ornithology database  


Paleobotany Collection

The paleobotany collections, including several “orphaned” collections, is comprised of compression, impression, petrified, and permineralized specimens from Precambrian to Pleistocene stratigraphic horizons and from various localities around the world. The focus of the collection is currently on Permian, Triassic, and Jurassic fossils from Antarctica (Antarctic Collection), the largest collection of Antarctic fossil plants in the world. Additional material includes Pennsylvanian, Permian, and Cretaceous compression-impression specimens from several localities in eastern and central Kansas and coal balls from the Midcontinent, USA.

Paleobotany database  


Vertebrate Paleontology Collection

150,000+ specimens of Paleozoic and Mesozoic fishes, Paleozoic tetrapods, Mesozoic marine vertebrates, Cenozoic small mammals and Natural Trap Cave fauna

Vertebrate Paleontology database