DATABASES: Bug Collection

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Science  29 Jun 2001:
Vol. 292, Issue 5526, pp. 2403
DOI: 10.1126/science.292.5526.2403b

The back rooms of natural history museums are often loaded with treasures known only to staff. Here's your chance to rummage through some of the Smithsonian's insect and other entomology holdings, courtesy of its National Museum of Natural History's department of systematic entomology. The 25 databases available here range from a roster of ants in the museum (it holds more than 500,000 specimens) to an address book of the world's systematic entomologists. You can also browse a bulging bibliography on fruit flies—it includes more than 5000 entries, on topics from taxonomy to morphology—or peruse a growing online archive of scientific illustrations.

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