KUBI Mammalogy Collection

Latest version published by University of Kansas Biodiversity Institute on Aug 3, 2020 University of Kansas Biodiversity Institute

The mammal collection at the University of Kansas Natural History Museum is one of the world's largest (the fifth largest mammal collection in North America and the third largest university collection in the world). The most common preparation type is a prepared skin, with the skull cleaned and stored in a separated container (our preparation code is SS). Second-most common is a skin with the entire skeleton cleaned and stored separately (SB). Some specimens consist only of a skull (SK) or cranium (CO). Other specimens may consist of a partial skeleton (PS), an entire skeleton (SN) or only a skin (SO). Many of our specimens are stored in alcohol (AL), or are in alcohol with the skull removed and cleaned (SA). Tissues associated with any of these preparation types are noted as a separate field in our database. Because there are active public education and exhibits programs in the KU Natural History Museum, a few of our specimens are taxidermy mounts (BM) and some are housed permanently on exhibit. Other preparation types are coded as “other” (OT). Occasionally, specimens are prepared with the baculum or os clitoris and separately stored in preserving fluid. Non-standard preparation types and additional materials are noted in a comments field in our database.<br><br> We have extensive historical collections from Central America, Mexico, and southeast, central, western regions of the United States and Alaska. We recently added outstanding collections from the Philippines and New Guinea. We anticipate continuing to maintain our strengths in these geographic regions, emphasizing bats, rodents and insectivores—current taxonomic strengths. Most of our collection consists of nicely prepared skins, skulls, and complete skeletons, with most recent specimens accompanied by tissues.<br><br> There are 135 type specimens in our collection at present. Of these, the largest number (97) are rodents. There are also 6 insectivore, 25 bat, 5 lagomorph, and 2 carnivore holotypes. Lists of the Mammalogy's type specimens have been published by Jones and Genoways (1969) and Jones et al. (1984), although several have been described since. Types have been described from Barbados, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Cuba, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico (14 states), Mozambique, Nicaragua, Philippines, Venezuela, Martinique, St. Lucia, St. Vincent, and from 12 states in the U.S. All type specimens are kept in the designated "type case" at all times. Use of type specimens must be arranged with the curators.<br> <br> There is broad taxonomic coverage, including important holdings of Central and South American marsupials, insectivores, bats, rodents; Holarctic shrews, microtines, squirrels and North American bats, insectivores, carnivores, rodents and lagomorphs.

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Specimen; Occurrence


Who created the resource:

Norm Slade
Curator Emeritus of Mammalogy
KU Biodiversity Institute 1345 Jayhawk Blvd 66045 Lawrence KS US +01 785-864-3673

Who can answer questions about the resource:

Norm Slade
Curator Emeritus of Mammalogy
KU Biodiversity Institute 1345 Jayhawk Blvd 66045 Lawrence KS US +01 785-864-3673

Who filled in the metadata:

Norm Slade
Curator Emeritus of Mammalogy
KU Biodiversity Institute 1345 Jayhawk Blvd 66045 Lawrence KS US +01 785-864-3673

Who else was associated with the resource:

Laura Russell
VertNet Programmer
KU Biodiversity Institute
Robert Timm
KU Biodiversity Institute 1345 Jayhawk Blvd. 66045 Lawrence KS US +01 785-864-3047

Geographic Coverage

Specimens from all continents except Antarctica, predominantly from the Americas.

Bounding Coordinates South West [-90, -180], North East [90, 180]

Taxonomic Coverage

All orders of mammals are represented. Bats, rodents, insectivores, ungulates, and carnivores are the predominant groups.

Order  Chiroptera

Collection Data

Collection Name Mammals, University of Kansas
Collection Identifier Skins, skulls, and skeletons
Parent Collection Identifier KUBI Mammalogy Collection
Specimen preservation methods Dried