Established in 1894, the collection of the Division of Mammals is worldwide in scope. It contains more than 209,000 specimens and is one of the most heavily used mammal collections in the world. Its absolute size and geographic and taxonomic representation make it one of the most significant collections for specimen-based studies in mammalogy. A total of 540 primary type specimens have been catalogued.
The Mammals database was constructed with a combination of Museum and National Science Foundation support (especially DEB-8821834), assisted by the collection's many users, who help us verify data. Conversion of Mammals' data to KE EMu was funded by NSF DBI-0545051 and by the Institute of Museum and Library Services' support for Common Ground, IMLS CM-00-05-0050-05.
The collection is organized according to "Mammal Species of the World, 3rd ed." (Wilson and Reeder, 2005), with some modifications. However, users are cautioned that historical names may still be in use. If you do not find the taxon you seek, try our Taxonomy Search option to find how it might be filed within our collection. While we strive for accuracy in the data presented, we cannot guarantee it, and urge users to verify all data. Currently, Madagascar records are not available.
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