Zoology

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Zoology

Entomology. The Entomology Collection contains more than 100,000 insects, representing nearly all North American families but emphasizing Lepidoptera.

Icthyology. The Ichthyology Collection consists of nearly 700,000 specimens, primarily from the Great Plains. Because of recent contracts with both state and federal wildlife agencies, this collection is rapidly growing and has become a major regional depository for Great Plains fishes.

Invertebrate (non-insect). This relatively new collection consists of a wide variety of primarily aquatic invertebrates, excluding insects. Freshwater Mollusks and Crustaceans make up the bulk of this group. The majority of the nearly 300 specimens are vouchers from faculty or graduate student research and regional surveys.

Ornithology. The Ornithology Collection houses nearly 4,500 specimens, primarily consisting of important voucher specimens. This collection also boasts an excellent representation of variation in many Great Plains taxa.

Herpetology. The Herpetology Collection contains over 17,000 amphibians, reptiles, and turtles and is growing at a rapid rate with regional voucher specimens. Most specimens are fluid preserved, with some specimens represented by skeletons and skins. The Sternberg Herpetology tissue bank contains over 10,000 preserved tissue samples of most North American taxa. These tissues are used extensively in molecular and DNA-based research, including systematics, phylogeography, and evolution.

Mammalogy. Over 40,000 specimens, including 2 holotypes, are housed in the Sternberg Mammalogy Collection. It is one of the most intensively used research collections in the U.S. The Sternberg Mammalogy tissue bank contains over 2,000 preserved tissue samples, primarily from Kansas. These tissues also are used extensively in molecular and DNA-based research, including systematics, phylogeography, and evolution.