The Museum's collections of Crustacea are the second largest in the United States and the fourth largest in the world. We estimate that our Crustacea Collections currently contain four to five million individual specimens. Historically, the geographical emphasis and strength of this collection has been the Eastern Pacific, and the collection is the largest in the world for that region.
Our collections are also worldwide in scope with broad representation from the Indian, Pacific, and Antarctic oceans, as well as the Caribbean Sea. Included are marine, freshwater, and terrestrial species. The Crustacea Department maintains these priceless collections, continues to add to them as part of our ongoing research programs, and conducts basic research that benefits the Museum's educational and exhibit programs as well as the public.
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