A large effort is underway to database and georeference the collections in the Research and Collections Section of the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences. The purpose is to facilitate rapid and remote accessibility for researchers, resource managers, and the public by providing, in part, a public searchable online collections database. This effort is a work-in-progress. Therefore, the number of searchable records in the online database does not reflect the complete holdings of museum collections. In addition to the current collections available online, Amphibians and Reptiles, Fishes, Invertebrates, Crustaceans, and Mammals additional collections, such as Vertebrate and Invertebrate Paleontology, and Ornithology, will be available spring - summer 2014.

  • Only general locality data are displayed for selected, sensitive species (e.g., those that are threatened by overharvesting). Please contact the relevant curator for more detailed information, if needed.

  • The Crustaceans collection is handled independently of the main Invertebrates collection. As a result, the search pages have been separated.

  • For overviews of the collections, click here.

  • For more information, contact Ben Norton (ben.norton@naturalsciences.org), Collections Data Curator and Webmaster for the Collections website.

  • This project is partially supported by the National Science Foundation.

Amphibians and Reptiles

Number of Records: 40369

Amphibians and Reptiles Search Amphibians and Reptiles Database Search and Map Amphibians and Reptiles Database

Amphibians and Reptiles Database will be participating in HerpNeT beginning in 2014.


Number of Records: 73922

Fishes Search Fishes Database Search and Map Fishes Database

Fishes Database can also be searched and/or mapped on BioFresh, Discover Life, FishNet2, GBIF, and VertNet


Number of Records: 24201

Invertebrates Search Invertebrates Database Search Invertebrates Database

Invertebrates Database can also be searched on BioFresh and GBIF, mapped on Discover Life


Number of Records: 9368

Crustaceans Search Mollusks Database Search Crustaceans Database

Crustaceans Database can also be searched on BioFresh and GBIF, mapped on Discover Life


Number of Records: 14753

Mammals Search Mammals Database Search Mammals Database

Total Number of Species-Occurrence Records: 162613

Online Collections - North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences