To donate specimens to Invertebrate Zoology please first select the taxonomic level that most closely identifies the specimens you wish to donate and contact the resulting curator.
In order to proceed with the donation process, a signed Deed of Gift must be included with the specimens. A Deed of Gift itemizes and describes the specimens and certifies that the donor is the legal owner of said specimens and that all specimens were legally obtained.
To allow for the expedient processing of donations, an Excel spreadsheet should be sent to the point of contact containing the following specimen data:
- taxonomic data (scientific name, identified by)
- specimen count (number, sex, stage)
- locality data (country, state, locality, body of water, GPS coordinates, etc.)
- collector with collection date
- preservation method
Donating Types, Vouchers, or Specimens for Publication
We routinely accept, catalog and curate designated type specimens from all extant invertebrate taxa (except brachiopods, foraminifera, insects, myriapods, and non-marine chelicerates).
Do not send your manuscript type specimen(s) for deposit until your manuscript has been accepted for publication. Once accepted, ship your specimens (in accordance with all US DOT, IATA and FedEx hazardous materials packing and labeling regulations) with each of the following:
- A copy of the editor's acceptance letter
- Specimen collection data
- A signed Deed of Gift
Once received and processed, you will be provided with USNM numbers. Please send the Collection Manager a pdf of each publication resulting from USNM deposited type specimens.
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