New Zealand Arthropod Collection (MWLR-NZAC)

The focus is on terrestrial arthropods from the New Zealand region but there are substantial holdings from South Pacific countries and of mites and nematodes from New Zealand. Material comes from the 1880s to the present day. There are over 1.2 million pinned insects, ~100,00 microscope slides, and 250,000 vials of ethanol preserved specimens. Ecdysis is being used as a platform for workflows associated with mass digitisation.

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Head Curator: Darren Ward, (ORCID #: 0000-0002-4509-8553)
Collection Type: Preserved Specimens
Management: Data snapshot of local collection database
Last Update: 12 September 2023
Digital Metadata: EML File
Usage Rights: CC BY (Attribution)
Rights Holder: Landcare Research, New Zealand Arthropod Collection
Landcare Research
Private Bag 92170
Auckland,    1072
New Zealand
Collection Statistics
  • 4,652 specimen records
  • 4,168 (90%) georeferenced
  • 33 BOLD genetic references
  • 4,569 (98%) identified to species
  • 4 families
  • 13 genera
  • 41 species
  • 41 total taxa (including subsp. and var.)
Extra Statistics