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MVZ Collections

A collection of over 640,000 specimens of amphibians, reptiles, birds, bird eggs or nests, and mammals, as well as over 50,000 tissue samples from these vertebrate groups. These research collections are ranked as one of the largest in the United States, and the largest of any university museum. In addition, the Museum has numerous special collections that include archived field notes and photographs, historical annotated maps and correspondence, avian sound recordings, chromosome and histology preparations, Milton Hildebrand anatomical and film collections, artwork related to terrestrial vertebrate natural history, and a library of books, reprints, and journals for curation and research activities. Specimen data are accessible online, and the Museum is working to improve data access to the other collections. Museum Collections * Mammal Collection * Herpetological Collection * Bird Collection * Egg & Nest Collection * Tissue Collection * Fieldnotes, Photos, & Map Collection * Other Collections The Museum of Vertebrate Zoology (MVZ) welcomes donations of amphibians, reptiles, birds, bird eggs and nests, mammals and related materials. Acceptance of a donation is at the discretion of MVZ Curators. * Specimens -- May include preserved specimens and/or parts (e.g., tissue samples) as well as unpreserved material (e.g., frozen carcasses, live animals) that will be prepared by Museum Curators, curatorial staff, or students. * Related Materials -- Donations of images (digital or printed photographs or slides), sound recordings, field notes, and other natural history archival material. Materials must be connected to specimens or research projects. Donated material and associated data will be made available for research, education, or public exhibit according to the mission and policies of the Museum and Regents, except by prior signed agreement between the donor and the Museum.

URL: http://mvz.berkeley.edu/Collections.html

Resource ID: nlx_51505     Resource Type: Resource     Version: Latest Version


tissue, dna, egg, nest, tissue, blood, protein extract, skin, skeleton

Additional Resource Types

Database, Tissue Bank, Image Collection, Audio Track, Book, Biospecimen Repository


Will provide limited grants of tissue from its collections to qualified researchers


Frozen, Ethanol, Buffer




MVZ Collections


Museum of Vertebrate Zoology Collections

Parent Organization


Sample type: Tissue, Blood, Protein extract, skin, skeleton

Listed By

One Mind Biospecimen Bank Listing, Biobank

Related Application

Research, Education


amphibian, reptile, bird, mammal, rodent

Original Submitter


Version Status


Submitted On

12:00am August 22, 2011

Originated From


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Version 2

Created 2 months ago by Christie Wang

Version 1

Created 4 years ago by Anonymous