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Biological Collections Summary Table

Composition and status of the Archbold Collection

No. specimens and taxonomic breadth Geographic concentration Special attributes
ARTHROPODS: Dr. Mark Deyrup, 1982–current
218,841 pinned insects,6.874 species. 20 orders -top 5 based on # of specimens are: Hymenoptera (72%, of which 63% are ants) Coleoptera (13%), Diptera (5%), Lepidoptera (2%), Hemiptera (2%) ~70% ABS 80% FL Especially diverse Hymenoptera collection (1,519 species, notably 677 species of ants); also greater than 1,000 species of Coleoptera
629 jars/vials of wet specimens - includes arachnids (77%), insects (11%), and other arthropods (12%; includes Chilopoda, Diplopoda, Scorpionida, Uropygi, Isopoda) ~95% ABS 100% FL Dead wood specialists (xylophagous and phloeophagous insects) are especially well represented
238 slide-mounted specimens - includes Mallophaga (43%), Ceratopogonidae (Diptera; 30%), Homoptera (20%), Pseudoscorpiones (7%) ~95% ABS 100% FL Representative collection of bird lice (Mallophaga) from ABS
96 jars of arthropods - unknown, samples from Malaise flight traps 0% ABS 70% Highlands Co. 100% FL Collection started in 2009; all samples are from scrub habitat on the Lake Wales Ridge
130 vials of litter arthropods - unknown; residual samples from Berlese funnel extractions samples from Berlese funnel extractions ~50% ABS 100% FL Collection started ca. 1990
2,068 wet specimens of amphibians and reptiles - 100 species and 65 genera 33% ABS 87% Highlands Co. 99% FL Includes 8 species of exotic reptiles and 3 species of exotic amphibians
9 amphibian skeletons, 60 reptile skeletons - 34 species and 29 genera 59% ABS 91% Highlands Co. 100% FL
HERPTILES: Dr. Betsie Rothermel 2008-current
2,068 wet specimens of amphibians and reptiles - 100 species and 65 genera 33% ABS 87% Highlands Co. 99% FL Includes 8 species of exotic reptiles and 3 species of exotic amphibians
9 amphibian skeletons, 60 reptile skeletons - 34 species and 29 genera 59% ABS 91% Highlands Co. 100% FL
FISHES: Dr. Betsie Rothermel 2008-current
2248 wet specimens - 45 species and 31 genera 74% ABS 86% Highlands Co. 100% FL Large series from Lake Annie (on ABS) collected in mid-1970s
MAMMALS: Dr. Reed Bowman 1991–current (curator since 2007)
73 skins - 30 species and 25 genera 34% ABS 77% Highlands Co. 100% FL Includes full skeletons for 5 species of small mammal
BIRDS: Dr. Reed Bowman 1991–current (curator since 2007)
1,485 skins - 512 species and 274 genera 12% ABS 21% Highlands Co. 77% FL Two largest series are Florida Scrub-Jay (113 specimens) and Blue-Jay (54 specimens)
520 skeletons - 420 species and 234 genera Not readily available (locality info on labels, not in catalogue)
>1,000 tail feathers of Florida Scrub-Jay (FSJ) (Aphelocoma coerulescens) 100% ABS 100% Highlands Co. 100% FL
>5,000 DNA blood samples from Florida Scrub-Jay (FSJ) (A. coerulescens) and Red-Cockaded Woodpecker (Picoides borealis) 50% ABS 60% Highlands Co. 100% FL Aphelocoma blood obtained from entire extant range of the species
VASCULAR PLANTS: Carl Weekley 1998–current, Herbarium Curator and Research Assistant for Dr. Eric Menges
~4,050 pressed/mounted vascular plants - >1,600 species and >180 families - Top 5 families based on # of specimens are: Asteraceae (11%), Poaceae (9%), Fabaceae (6%), Cyperaceae (6%), Euphorbiaceae (4%) 25% ABS 60% Highlands Co. 100% FL Early collections of several rare species (ex. Ziziphus); All 600 vascular plants that occur at ABS are represented in the collection
175 lichen specimens ~110 species and 24 families 90% Highlands Co. Representative collection from ABS
Approx.640 bryophyte speci-mens ~200 species 30 families Primarily Highlands Co.
Approx. 350 envelopes ~350 species and 50 families ~50% ABS