The University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez insect collection - Then and now

Nico M. Franz, Sohath Z. Yusseff Vanegas

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The origin, historical trajectory, and present status of the insect collection of the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagez (collection coden: UPRM) are reviewed. The collection initiated in the mid 1920s and has grown relatively continuously thanks to efforts by several outstanding entomologists working at UPRM. As of 2007, the collection includes more than 130,000 objects (individual specimens, slides, or vials) pertaining to 25 hexapod orders. The numbers of collection objects per order are listed. The geographic emphasis is on Puerto Rico and surrounding islands. The auchenorrhynchous Hemiptera, Collembola, and Coleoptera are particularly well represented. The collection is in a process of reorganization and is available for specimen loans and related collaborative activities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)401-408
Number of pages8
JournalEntomological News
Issue number4
StatePublished - Sep 1 2009
Externally publishedYes


  • Caribbean
  • Hexapoda
  • Insecta
  • Inventory
  • Research collection

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Insect Science


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