Depositaries of Neotropical Simuliidae

The following acronyms are used for depositories of specimens of New World Simuliidae referred to in this website and in publications (see PDF files). The list here provided are for those institutions which hold large number of specimens of Simuliidae including types.


AMNH, American Museum of Natural History, New York, USA

CUAC, Clemson University Arthropods Collection, South Carolina, USA

CNC, Canada National Collection, Canada

MCZ, Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard, USA

ROM Royal Ontario Museum, Canada

USNM [also NMNH], National Museum of Natural History, Washington, USA



INDRE, Instituto Nacional de Diagnosticos y Referencias Epidemiologicos, Mexico

INBIO, Instituto de Biodiversidad, Costa Rica

MZUCR, Museo de Zoologia, Universidad de Costa Rica



DERM*, Laboratório de Entomología de la División de Endemias Rurales, Maracay, Aragua State, Venezuela

ICBUSP, Coleção Entomológica do Departamento de Parasitologia do Instituto de Ciências Biomédicas da Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil

IDVC*, Instituto de Dermatología, Villa de Cura, Aragua, Venezuela [Previously recorded as IND, Instituto Nacional de Dermatología, Villa de Cura, Aragua in Shelley et al., 1997]

ICN-UNC, Instituto de Ciencias Naturales, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Colombia

INPA, Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas da Amazônia, Manaus, Brazil

IOC, Laboratório de Simuliidae e Oncocercose (LSO), Instituto Oswaldo Cruz, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

LEU, Laboratório de Entomologia, Centro de Ciências da Saúde, Universidade do Vale do Rio dos Sinos, São Leopoldo, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil

MCN, Museu de Ciências Naturais da Fundação Zoobotânica do Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre, Brazil

MEPG*, Museo Entomológico “Dr Pablo Garcia”, Instituto de Altos Estudios en Salúd Pública “Dr Arnoldo Gabaldón”, Maracay, Estado Aragua, Venezuela

MLP, Museo de Ciencias Naturales, La Plata, Argentina

MZUSP, Museu de Zoologia, Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil

*Note on Jaime Rami­rez Perez Simuliidae collection. Jaime Ramirez Perez comprehensively studied the Simuliidae of Venezuela during the 1970s and 1980s, and compiled all the species taxonomic and biological information in his latest monograph in 1983 Los Jejenes de Venezuela. The types of all species that he described as well as non—type material are recorded in the literature as being deposited either in his private collection or in the collections of DERM and IDVC. These two institutions were within the same organization, which ceased to exist four years ago. The Simuliidae collection of Ramírez Pérez was kept in his house for many years, but has now been donated to the MEPG. The collection is being reviewed by Hortencia Frontado under the supervision of Maria Eugenia Grillet and the situation is as follows: the collection holds some specimens in alcohol, but mainly consists of pinned and slide material. Unfortunately, it was not previously kept in good condition and all the alcohol vials have now dried. However, the proportion of specimens kept in alcohol was minimal. The pinned material is also in a very poor condition. Currently, the slide collection is being examined and some of the slides are in good condition, particularly the preparations containing immature stages. It is not clear at this juncture how many type specimens are in the collection because specimens generally do not have type labels, although they are often from the type locality (Maria Eugenia Grillet, pers. comm. to L.M.Hernández).


BMNH, Department of Entomology, Natural History Museum, London, United Kingdom

NM, Naturhistoriches Museum, Vienna (Wien), Austria

NMHU, Museum für Naturkunde der Humboldt—Universität, Berlin, Germany

SMT, Staatliche Museum für Tierkunde, Dresden, Germany

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