Canadian National Collection of Insects, Arachnids, and Nematodes (CNC)

Latest version published by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada on Jul 22, 2022 Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Located on AAFC's Central Experimental Farm, the Canadian National Collection of Insects, Arachnids and Nematodes (CNC) of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada is one of the five largest collections of its kind in the world. It contains over 17 million specimens. The CNC is an active centre of scientific research and an invaluable national resource. It serves Canadian scientists who investigate problems in the fields of agriculture, biodiversity, genetics, biological control and other various forms of integrated pest management, and it is part of an international network for other researchers, educators and policy-makers. An increasingly important function of the Collection is to support science that will protect Canada's biodiversity, including reducing the billions of dollars lost annually to invasive species in agriculture, forestry, northern wilderness areas and other native habitats. CNC is working to digitize its holdings and make them accessible online. This dataset will be updated as this work progresses. Refer to our website for more information: https://agriculture.canada.ca/en/agricultural-science-and-innovation/agriculture-and-agri-food-research-centres-and-collections/canadian-national-collection-insects-arachnids-and-nematodes-cnc .

Data Records

The data in this occurrence resource has been published as a Darwin Core Archive (DwC-A), which is a standardized format for sharing biodiversity data as a set of one or more data tables. The core data table contains 1,695 records.

This IPT archives the data and thus serves as the data repository. The data and resource metadata are available for download in the downloads section. The versions table lists other versions of the resource that have been made publicly available and allows tracking changes made to the resource over time.

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Versions

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Rights

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The publisher and rights holder of this work is Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY) 4.0 License.

GBIF Registration

This resource has been registered with GBIF, and assigned the following GBIF UUID: 05469d71-f878-4c7c-aaf0-45e9acc45c95.  Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada publishes this resource, and is itself registered in GBIF as a data publisher endorsed by Canada Biodiversity Information Facility.

Keywords

Occurrence; Specimen

Contacts

Who created the resource:

Biological Collections Division
Biological Collections Division
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Ontario CA

Who can answer questions about the resource:

Heather Cole
Biodiversity Data Manager
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Ottawa Ontario CA
Owen Lonsdale
Collection Manager
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Ottawa Ontario CA

Who filled in the metadata:

Biological Collections Division
Biological Collections Division
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Ontario CA

Who else was associated with the resource:

Custodian Steward
Heather Cole
Biodiversity Data Manager
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Ottawa Ontario CA

Geographic Coverage

The Collection also houses specimens from all over the planet, many of which are the only known representatives of entire species. Over 70% of the specimens in the CNC originate from Canada. For more detailed information about the whole collection, see our inventory at https://www.cnc.agr.gc.ca/taxonomy/TaxonMain.php

Bounding Coordinates South West [-90, -180], North East [90, 180]

Temporal Coverage

Formation Period The collection contains specimens collected from the 1800s until present day.

Collection Data

Collection Name Canadian National Collection of Insects, Arachnids, and Nematodes
Collection Identifier CNC
Specimen preservation methods Pinned,  Alcohol,  Microscopic preparation,  Other

Additional Metadata

Alternative Identifiers 10.5886/l7s5yj
05469d71-f878-4c7c-aaf0-45e9acc45c95
https://data.canadensys.net/ipt/resource?r=cnc-specimens