(Neal L. Evenhuis)


About this Website
This web site is the clearing house of information on the insect and spider collections of the world. The information presented here is based primarily on the 1993 book, "The Insect and Spider Collections of the World", 2nd edition, by R.H. Arnett, G.A. Samuelson & G.M. Nishida, with substantial additions and corrections. This is NOT the place to request identifications of insects or related arthropods.

About Codens
Our current listing does NOT necessarily follow the rigid 4-letter formula for codens of collection depositories found in Arnett et al (1993). We are instead striving to use the letter abbreviations/combinations that are most commonly used by the collections themselves or have been traditionally used to indicate a particular depository. We encourage authorized representatives of collections to check our list to ensure that the coden we have listed is the one you prefer. If not, please let us know and we will change it if possible. In the inevitable case of homonyms in the use of a coden, we will give first preference to the older, more established depository, and then on a first-come first-served basis.

Full Collections List
This link sends you to the full list of the insect and spider collections known to us along with their abbreviation [= coden]. Each collection is presented with its coden, locations, and a web link if they have one. If you do not see a particular collection you know exists, please send us the pertinent information including a unique 2- to 4-letter abbreviation and a url of a web page (if it has one) and we will add the information to this list. We welcome any additions and corrections to this list.


Other Web Sites on Insect and Spider Collections
Council of Heads of Australian Entomological Collections Home Page (also includes info and links to New Zealand Collections)
Natural Science Collections Alliance (formerly Association of Systematic Collections)

This page last revised 2 November 2007. If you have any questions/corrections, please address them to: neale[at]