In the Collection of Entomology of the National Museum the Natural History (CSIC), insects and morphological structures of these are preserved. The specimens are preserved in dried, in alcohol and in microscopic preparations. The collection also stored vegetable samples preserved in dried and in alcohol, a well as elements associated to insects: nests, ootheci, lays, etc. A fund of 2 millions of specimens are already included in the systematic collections and a similar number is waiting for its next incorporation to the collections. The collection had it origin in 1771. The specimens of the collection have been deteminated by hundred of the entomologists since more than 200 years.

The collection was established in 1771 and ceased acquisitions in 12-06-2012.

Taxonomic range

  • Catalogación y documentación de los fondos
  • Conservación de material histórico
  • Sistemática, Taxonomía y Biogeografía: 1- Systematics and Taxonomy, 2- Preservation of patrimonial funds, 3- Preservation of collections versus working health, 4- To catalogue and to document the funds, 5- Bibliographical documentation of the Spanishs Entomology.

Kingdoms covered include Animalia.

Includes members from the following taxa:

Geographic range

Área neotropical, Islas Baleares (España), Islas Canarias (España), Marruecos, Mundial, Paleártico, Península Ibérica

Number of in the collection

The estimated number of is 4,000,000.

Of these 17,334 are databased. This represents 0.4 % of the collection.

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Metadata last updated on 2015-12-16 07:22:31.0


C/ José Gutiérrez Abascal
Madrid 28006

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Amparo Blay Goicoechea
Administrative Contact, Curator

Mercedes París García
Administrative Contact, Curator

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The collection has databased 0.4 % of these (17,334 records).

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