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, Birds, Fishes, Invertebrates, and Mammals Collections may now be searched using the web mapping application, Species Mapper

  • Amphibians and Reptiles, Birds, Fishes, Invertebrates, Mammals, 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 Research and Collections Homepage.

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

Search Birds Birds

Number of Records: 20858


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

Search Fishes Fishes

Number of Records: 74624


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

Search Invertebrates Invertebrates

Number of Records: 33080


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

Search Mammals Mammals

Number of Records: 14805


Mammals 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.