Cleveland Museum of Natural History Invertebrate Zoology Collection (CLEV-CMNHENT)

The Museum’s entomology collection houses approximately 300,000 specimens, primarily from the northeastern United States and collected beginning in the early 1900s. The collection represents a highly important record of biodiversity of our region. A subset of the Museum’s holdings is global in coverage and includes tropical beetles, butterflies and other insects. The department is home to the largest praying mantis (Mantodea) in the Western Hemisphere – totaling more than 14,000 specimens.
Contact: Gavin Svenson (
Collection Type: Preserved Specimens
Management: Data snapshot of local collection database
Last Update: 7 December 2017
Digital Metadata: EML File
Collection Statistics
  • 91,446 specimen records
  • 89,905 (98%) georeferenced
  • 9 (0.01%) with images
  • 36,862 (40%) identified to species
  • 233 families
  • 1,850 genera
  • 3,242 species
  • 3,254 total taxa (including subsp. and var.)
Extra Statistics
The National Science Foundation
This project made possible by National Science Foundation Award EF 1207371