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Disclaimer: The Field Museum's online Zoological Collections Database may contain specimens and historical records that are culturally sensitive. Some records may also include offensive language. These records do not reflect the Field Museum’s current viewpoint but rather the social attitudes and circumstances of the time period when specimens were collected or cataloged.
We welcome feedback. The web database is not a complete record of the Museum’s zoological holdings, and documentation for specimens will vary due to when and how they were collected as well as how recently they were acquired. While efforts are made to ensure the accuracy of the information available on this website, some content may contain errors. We work with communities and stakeholders around the world to interpret the collections in order to promote a greater understanding of global heritage and, through consultation, will revise or remove information that is inaccurate or inappropriate. We encourage and welcome members of communities, scholars, and others to contact us to confirm or clarify data found here.
Terms and Conditions of Field Museum Zoological Collections Data Use
How to cite Field Museum specimens and images.
Contact the Collections Manager of the relevant collection for direct assistance related to zoological collections data.
Amphibians and Reptiles - Alan Resetar
Birds - Ben Marks
Fishes - Caleb McMahan
Insects - Crystal Maier
Invertebrates - Jochen Gerber
Mammals - Adam Ferguson
The Zoological Collections thank The National Science Foundation, The Institute of Museum and Library Services, The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, our donors, and our countless volunteers, students and collaborators throughout the world for their continued support of our collections and research programs.
The Field Museum's collections data is held in KE EMu
Conversion of records to KE EMu was partially funded by NSF DBI-0545051 and by the Institute of Museum and Library Services' support for Common Ground, IMLS CM-00-05-0050-05 and an additional IMLS - Museums for America grant (Sept. 2004 - Sept. 2006 , MA-01-04-0817-04).
The zoological collections are among the largest and most comprehensive in the world. Holdings include millions of specimens in dry storage (such as bones, feathers, shells, pinned insects), fluid-preserved specimens for anatomical research, frozen tissues for DNA studies, as well as numerous other special collections. In addition to forming the basis for research by Field Museum's zoologists, this enormous resource is utilized by scientists from around the world.