Type specimens are the material representation of new taxa described according to scientific methodology. These testimonies of new species or subspecies provide a paradigmatic example of the scientific procedure: research samples are available for review, whether this is to confirm and expand results or to modify original conclusions.

Natural history museums are research infrastructures that guarantee maximum transparency and the reuse of resources.

Type specimens is a project that combines the management of collections and the scientific process to describe new elements of biological diversity, species or subspecies.

The Museum is simultaneously publishing formal catalogues of its specimens in the journal Arxius de Miscel·lània Zoològica. These catalogues are the main source of content in the Wikicollecta website. Our long-term goal is that all the Museum's specimens are documented and on display here.

 

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