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.

  • Amphibians and Reptiles, Fishes, and Invertebrates 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.

  • 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 Collection can also be searched and/or mapped on VertNet, GBIF, and iDigBio.

Search Fishes Fishes

Number of Records: 73922


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

Search Invertebrates Invertebrates

Number of Records: 24201


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

Search Crustaceans Crustaceans

Number of Records: 9368


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