Established some 90 years ago, the South African National
Collection of Insects is one of the most comprehensive collections of southern
African terrestrial insects, comprising several million curated and documented
specimens, which include several thousand primary specimens.
Supplementing the specimen collection are extensive taxonomic,
biological and biogeographic reference sources the insect fauna of the
Afrotropical Region. An electronic database project is underway to
facilitate access to the vast amount of specimen label data and associated
collection-based information of the SANC.
Apart from extensive general reference collections of the
insect fauna of southern Africa, the SANC houses several important specialist
collections that have been subjects to in-depth taxonomic research and
development over many years. The most important of these include:
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