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.

  • The Amphibians and Reptiles, Ornithology, Ichthyology, Invertebrates, and Mammalogy Collections may now be searched using the web mapping application, Species Mapper

  • Amphibians and Reptiles, Ornithology, Ichthyology, Invertebrates, Mammalogy, Vertebrate Paleontology, and Paleobotany Collections are now part of VertNet, GBIF, and iDigBio.

  • 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.

  • Collection Overviews are available on the museum website under research.

  • For more information, contact Ben Norton (ben.norton@naturalsciences.org), Head of Technology and Collections Manager of Meteorites.

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



Amphibians and Reptiles Collection Database can also be searched on VertNet, GBIF, and iDigBio.

Search Ornithology Ornithology

Number of Records: 20858


Birds Collection Database can also be searched on VertNet, GBIF, and iDigBio.

Search Ichthyology Ichthyology

Number of Records: 80128


Ichthyology Collection Database can also be searched on BioFresh, BISON, FishNet2, VertNet, GBIF, and iDigBio.

Search Invertebrates Invertebrates

Number of Records: 31781


Invertebrates Collection Database can also be searched on BioFresh, BISON, GBIF, and iDigBio.

Search Mammalogy Mammalogy

Number of Records: 15015


Mammalogy Collection Database can also be searched on VertNet, GBIF, and iDigBio.

Search Paleobotany Paleobotany

Number of Records: 1641


PaleoBotany Collection Database can also be searched on GBIF and iDigBio.

Invertebrate Paleontology Collection Database can also be search on GBIF and iDigBio.

Vertebrate Paleontology Collection Database can also be searched on VertNet, GBIF, and iDigBio.