Insect Collection from the Museu Nac…

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Full Title

Insect Collection from the Museu Nacional de História Natural e da Ciência, Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal

Description

The Entomological collection of the National Museum of Natural History and Science, of the University of Lisbon, Portugal, comprises over 33 000 accessions, corresponding to about 66 000 specimens. The collection was restarted in the 1980s, after a fire destroyed most of the museum’s zoological collections in 1978. The destruction of the collection registries during the fire has made impossible to know exactly what was lost. The collection is currently composed mainly of donations from other institutions and private collectors. The most important of which is the Mendoça collection, comprising over 13 000 specimens. This donation contributed significantly to enhance the representation of the Portuguese entomofauna. In addition, from 1997 to 2003, several campaigns through the Portuguese territory were undertaken by the museum to increase the collection and its representation (ca. 11 000 accessions). The collection remains in constant growth (ca. 6% in 2013), as a substantial number of specimens are still on the process of preparation and cataloguing. In the last years the catalogue has been under digitization, data review, enrichment and validation. It is now completely digitized and over 90% (more than 30 000 accessions) have been validated.

Purpose

Make the collçection data acessible to the scientific community.

Temporal coverages

Date range: Jan 1, 1889 - Jan 1, 2014

Language of Metadata

ENGLISH

Language of Data

PORTUGUESE

Originator
Luis Filipe Lopes
Insect and spider collections curator
National Museum of Natural History and Science, University of Lisbon, Portugal Lisbon Portugal 00351213921855
Metadata author
Luis Filipe Lopes
Insect and spider collections curator
National Museum of Natural History and Science, University of Lisbon, Portugal Lisbon Portugal 00351213921855
Administrative contact
Luis Filipe Lopes
Insect and spider collections curator
National Museum of Natural History and Science, University of Lisbon, Portugal Lisbon Portugal 00351213921855

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The collection includes specimens from 67 countries all over the world, but mostly from Portugal (with over 25 000 accessions) and some African countries, … more

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Author
Luis Filipe Lopes
Insect and spider collections curator
National Museum of Natural History and Science, University of Lisbon, Portugal Lisbon Portugal 00351213921855
Author
Alexandra Marçal Correia
Researcher
National Museum of Natural History and Science, University of Lisbon, Portugal Lisbon Portugal
Author
Artur Almaça
Assistente Operacional
National Museum of Natural History and Science, University of Lisbon, Portugal Lisbon Portugal
Author
Maria João Verdasca
Fellowship in Management of Science and Technology
National Museum of Natural History and Science, University of Lisbon, Portugal Lisbon Portugal
Author
Pedro Brito Silva
Collaborator
NA Portugal
Editor
Luis Filipe Lopes

Taxonomic Coverage

This collection contains specimens from the Subphylum Hexapoda, mainly from the Class Insecta, but also contains specimens from the three Orders (Collembola, Diplura, Protura) of the Class Entognatha. The insect orders represented are Archaeognatha, Blattodea, Coleoptera, Dermaptera, Diptera, Embioptera, Ephemeroptera, Hemiptera, Hymenoptera, Lepidoptera, Mantodea, Mecoptera, Megaloptera, Neuroptera, Odonata, Orthoptera, Phasmatodea, Phthiraptera, Plecoptera, Psocoptera, Siphonaptera, Thysanoptera, Trichoptera, Thysanura. The best represented Orders are: Coleoptera (over 10500 accessions), Hemiptera (over 7800 accessions), Lepidoptera (over 5900 accessions), Hymenoptera (over 2700 accessions), Orthoptera (over 2100 accessions), Diptera (over 2000 accessions). Specimens are determined to the: Order (over 24 500 accessions), Family (over 2500 accessions), Genus (over 2100 accessions) and Species (3739 accessions) and Subspecies (247 accessions).

SUBPHYLUM
Hexapoda
CLASS
Insecta (Insect), Entognatha

Natural history collection data management and integration at the National Museum of Natural History and Science, University of Lisbon, Portugal

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Study area description

Natural history collection data magament

Design description

Production and validation of natural colletion data, data and specimen digitization, database management and validation and data publishing.

Funding

Post-doctoral fellowship awarded by Fundação para a Ciência e a Technologia (Portugal), with the reference number SFRH/BPD/84478/2012

Project Personnel

Editor
Luis Filipe Lopes

Methodology

Collections

Study extent

This dataset contains data from an insect collection that includes specimens from many different origins and studies. Includes data from scientific/biodiversity studies as well as specimens from occasional collection.

Sampling description

This dataset contains data from an insect collection that includes specimens from many different origins and studies. There was not a common sampling method for all the specimens. Information regarding the sampling protocol is included at individual specimen level, when the information exists.

Quality control

After the catalog was digitised it was submitted to a thorough general revision and data validation. Some of the catalog entries were not included in the dataset due to the lack of minimal data. If this data is retrieved these will be included in future updates of the dataset.

Method Steps

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Collection name

Insect Collection of the National Museum of Natural History and Science, University of Lisbon, Portugal

Collection Identifier

http://www.mnhnc.ulisboa.pt/portal/page?_pageid=418,1391560&_dad=portal&_schema=PORTAL

Parent Collection Identifier

http://www.mnhnc.ulisboa.pt/portal/page?_pageid=418,1&_dad=portal&_schema=PORTAL

Curatorial Units

  • 4,900 - 5,000 jars, with 70% ethanol
  • 10 - 30 microscopic preparation
  • 25,500 - 25,600 dried, most pinned

References

Bolívar, I. 1889. Ortópteros de Africa del Museo de Lisboa. Jornal de sciências mathemáticas, physicas e naturaes (Ser. 2) (J. Sci. Math. Phys. Nat. , Lisboa (Ser. 2)) 1(2):90

FERNANDES, José de Almeida (1959) - Tipos entomológicos do Museu Bocage. Revista Portuguesa de Zoologia e Biologia Geral, Museu Bocage, UL, Lisboa, 2 (1-2): 37-50.
http://www.arca.museus.ul.pt/ArcaSite/obj/pubsZoo/MNHNL-0001548-MB-DOC-web.PDF

Cartaxana A, Correia A M, Carvalho D, Lopes LF (2014). O papel das coleções de história natural no estudo e conservação de invertebrados. Ecologi@ 7: 15-21.
http://speco.fc.ul.pt/revistaecologia_7_art_1_1.html