NMNH Extant Specimen Records

Latest version published by National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution on Oct 16, 2019 National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution

Public records of accessioned specimens and observations curated by the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution. These data are from the Departments of Botany, Entomology, Invertebrate Zoology and Vertebrate Zoology (Amphibians & Reptiles, Birds, Fishes, and Mammals) and include more than 270,000 primary type specimen records.

Data Records

The data in this occurrence resource has been published as a Darwin Core Archive (DwC-A), which is a standardized format for sharing biodiversity data as a set of one or more data tables. The core data table contains 7,917,432 records. 2 extension data tables also exist. An extension record supplies extra information about a core record. The number of records in each extension data table is illustrated below.

  • Occurrence (core)
    7917432
  • Multimedia 
    3134555
  • ResourceRelationship 
    117013

This IPT archives the data and thus serves as the data repository. The data and resource metadata are available for download in the downloads section. The versions table lists other versions of the resource that have been made publicly available and allows tracking changes made to the resource over time.

Downloads

Download the latest version of this resource data as a Darwin Core Archive (DwC-A) or the resource metadata as EML or RTF:

Data as a DwC-A file download 7,917,432 records in English (1,386 MB) - Update frequency: monthly
Metadata as an EML file download in English (15 KB)
Metadata as an RTF file download in English (11 KB)

Versions

The table below shows only published versions of the resource that are publicly accessible.

How to cite

Researchers should cite this work as follows:

Orrell T (2016): NMNH Extant Specimen Records. v1.24. National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution. Dataset/Occurrence. https://collections.nmnh.si.edu/ipt/resource?r=nmnh_extant_dwc-a&v=1.24

Rights

Researchers should respect the following rights statement:

The publisher and rights holder of this work is National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution. To the extent possible under law, the publisher has waived all rights to these data and has dedicated them to the Public Domain (CC0 1.0). Users may copy, modify, distribute and use the work, including for commercial purposes, without restriction.

GBIF Registration

This resource has been registered with GBIF, and assigned the following GBIF UUID: 821cc27a-e3bb-4bc5-ac34-89ada245069d.  National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution publishes this resource, and is itself registered in GBIF as a data publisher endorsed by U.S. Geological Survey.

Keywords

Occurrence; Specimen

Contacts

Who created the resource:

Thomas Orrell
NMNH Informatics
National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution P.O. Box 37012, MRC 136 20013-7012 Washington DC US 202-633-2151
http://collections.nmnh.si.edu

Who can answer questions about the resource:

Thomas Orrell
NMNH Informatics
National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution P.O. Box 37012, MRC 136 20013-7012 Washington DC US 202-633-2151
http://collections.nmnh.si.edu

Who filled in the metadata:

Thomas Orrell
NMNH Informatics
National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution P.O. Box 37012, MRC 136 20013-7012 Washington DC US 202-633-2151
http://collections.nmnh.si.edu

Who else was associated with the resource:

Point Of Contact
Chris Tuccinardi
Information Management
Department of Botany, NMNH, Smithsonian Institution P.O. Box 37012, MRC 166 20013-7012 Washington DC US 202-633-0900
http://collections.nmnh.si.edu/search/botany/
Point Of Contact
Karen Reed
Data Manager
Department of Invertebrate Zoology, NMNH, Smithsonian Institution Museum Support Center, MRC 534, 4210 Silver Hill Road 20746 Suitland MD US 301-238-1763
http://collections.nmnh.si.edu/search/iz/
Point Of Contact
Jessica Bird
Collections Information Manager
Department of Entomology, NMNH, Smithsonian Institution P.O. Box 37012, MRC 165 20013-7012 Washington DC US 502-599-3157
http://collections.nmnh.si.edu/search/ento/
Point Of Contact
Jeff Williams
Collection Manager
Division of Fishes, NMNH, Smithsonian Institution Museum Support Center, MRC 534, 4210 Silver Hill Road 20746 Suitland MD US 301-238-1736
http://collections.nmnh.si.edu/search/fishes/
Point Of Contact
Kenneth Tighe
Database Coordinator
Division of Amphibians and Reptiles, NMNH, Smithsonian Institution Museum Support Center, MRC 534, 4210 Silver Hill Road 20746 Suitland MD US 301-238-1726
http://collections.nmnh.si.edu/search/herps/
Point Of Contact
Brian Schmidt
Museum Specialist
Division of Birds, NMNH, Smithsonian Institution P.O. Box 37012, MRC 116 20013-7012 Washington DC US 202-633-0796
http://collections.nmnh.si.edu/search/birds/
Point Of Contact
Ingrid Rochon
Scientific Data Manager
Division of Mammals, NMNH, Smithsonian Institution P.O. Box 37012, MRC 108 20013-7012 Washington DC US 202-633-1247
http://collections.mnh.si.edu/search/mammals/

Geographic Coverage

Global collections, National Museum of Natural History (USNM), Smithsonian Institution

Bounding Coordinates South West [-90, -180], North East [90, 180]

Taxonomic Coverage

No Description available

Domain  Bacteria (Bacteria)
Kingdom  Animalia (Animals),  Plantae (Plants),  Fungi (Fungi),  Protista (Protists)

Temporal Coverage

Formation Period 19th Century - current

Collection Data

Collection Name Botany
Collection Identifier http://grbio.org/cool/i75d-97nn
Parent Collection Identifier http://grbio.org/cool/142r-0w94
Collection Name Invertebrate Zoology
Collection Identifier http://grbio.org/cool/abck-1zsq
Parent Collection Identifier http://grbio.org/cool/142r-0w94
Collection Name Entomology
Collection Identifier http://grbio.org/cool/1wcv-afpg
Parent Collection Identifier http://grbio.org/cool/142r-0w94
Collection Name Amphibians and Reptiles
Collection Identifier http://grbio.org/cool/8vm7-e9x1
Parent Collection Identifier http://grbio.org/cool/142r-0w94
Collection Name Birds
Collection Identifier http://grbio.org/cool/e49n-75xd
Parent Collection Identifier http://grbio.org/cool/142r-0w94
Collection Name Fishes
Collection Identifier http://grbio.org/cool/22s5-q4hk
Parent Collection Identifier http://grbio.org/cool/142r-0w94
Collection Name Mammals
Collection Identifier http://grbio.org/cool/cy7i-ptxq
Parent Collection Identifier http://grbio.org/cool/142r-0w94

Additional Metadata

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Alternative Identifiers 821cc27a-e3bb-4bc5-ac34-89ada245069d
https://collections.nmnh.si.edu/ipt/resource?r=nmnh_extant_dwc-a