Search tips for ANSP Entomology Species Index

Two ways to search:

“Browse” – Shows the classification hierarchy of the different species.

“Search” – Go directly to what you are searching for my typing in a close or exact match.

Information about fields:

Different taxonomic levels (Order, Family, Genus, Species, etc)
Will be the scientific name of what the specimen is placed in.
The person who described the species.
How the specimen was prepared (pinned, papered, alcohol, etc.)
Type Status
Yes if we have the primary type. It is a link to the specimen level type database. No if we do not have the primary type.
Paratype Count
The amount of specimens we have designated as paratypes of a species.
Specimen Count
The amount of specimens we have for a certain taxon.

A few things to keep in mind:

1. There will be typos.

Even though we have tried our best to make the database typo-free it is inevitable there will be some at this point in the project.

2. We recommend you check old names and current names.

The ANS Entomology Department holds the oldest insect collection in the new world. A lot of the taxonomic nomenclature will not be current, but some can be. We do plan on dealing with this issue.

3. Not all taxonomic levels have been completed.

The main taxonomic levels are represented (Order, Family, Genus, Species) but the ones in between (Subfamily, Tribe, Subgenus, etc.) are not all filled out.

4.Undetermined, Unknown, Unreadable

There will be some fields with these words listed. Undetermined means the specimens have not been determined to that taxonomic level. Unknown means the specimen has been determined at some level, but with a quick literature search, that taxonomic level cannot be found. Unreadable means the specimen has some form of determination but is illegible.

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For any suggestions, recommends, concerns, or corrections please contact Stephen Mason, curatorial assistant, at

For loan requests or photographs of specimens please contact Jason Weintraub, collection manager, at

Further Links:

For the Entomology Department’s home page, see:

For the Entomology Department’s type database, see:

For the Entomology Department’s staff page, see: