MVZ Mammal Collection
The MVZ mammal collection is the third largest in
the United States and the largest such collection associated with an academic
institution in this country. It contains approximately 196,000 skin, skull
and fluid-preserved specimens. In addition to overall size, the collection
ranks fourth in the number of primary type specimens it contains, with 347.
The collection is synoptic in coverage. It includes
representatives of 25 of the 26 currently recognized orders, almost 60% of
families, and more than 50% of the genera of Recent mammals. Rodents and bats
are especially well-represented. Geographic coverage is worldwide, but
strongest for western North America, i.e., the U.S. including Alaska, western
Canada, and northwestern Mexico. Large and significant collections are
present from Central America, South America, Southeast Asia, and Australasia.
Karyotype (chromosome) preparations are available for
ca. 4,000 rodent specimens. Envelopes contain one to six slides per specimen
and some are accompanied by black and white photos of chromosome spreads.
to query the MVZ database
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Links of Interest
Mammal Species of the World
American Society of Mammalogists
Mammalogists on Email