The NCBS Research Collections are arranged as:

Dry Collections: primarily pinned insect specimens

Wet Collections: primarily arachnids (spiders, scorpions, etc.) and herpetofauna (amphibians and reptiles) in 70% ethanol

Frozen Tissue Collections: tissue of all the above animal groups preserved in 100% molecular-grade ethanol, RNAlater and Trizol, maintained at -80°C in deep freezers for genome and transcriptome sequencing

Specimen details such as species names and other taxonomic information, geo-referenced collection localities, dates, genitalia dissections, genetic sequences, etc., are catalogued in a central, searcheable, electronic database. We have also been actively engaged in data repatriation from historical specimen collections largely from European and North American museums, which will be made available on the Collections website in due course.