Databases

This section gives you access to the scientific databases of the Muséum national d'Histoire naturelle as well as to related or associated databases.

Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle databases

The Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle holds approximately 66,785,000 objects in its collections, including 792,000 types (physical specimens that define the existence of animal and plant species). These collections are kept at all the Museum's sites, including the Galeries du Jardin des Plantes (Paris 5th) and the Musée de l'Homme (Paris 16th).

As of 2020, 15.4% of the collections and over 53% of the types are now digital. This general digitalisation has been underway for more than 20 years. However, operations such as the digitisation of the National Herbarium (2009-2012), the renovation of the Musée de l'Homme (2009-2015) and the e-Recolnat programme (2013-2020) have helped to accelerate the proportion of digital specimens. Apart from these particular projects, efforts are particularly focused on type specimens.

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Other scientific databases

Animals

Titan database on Cerambycidae or Longhorns

The Titan database contains over 99% of the valid species and subspecies of Cerambycidae described to date. An updated list of taxa is linked to their main citations as well as information on their flight periods, food plants, parasites, phoretics, predators, mimics. This database is regularly updated by Gérard Tavakilian and Hervé Chevillotte.

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CLEMAM, Taxonomic database on European marine molluscs

CLEMAM is a taxonomically oriented database of marine molluscs from Europe and adjacent regions, aiming at a complete coverage of species in the Eastern Atlantic from 26°N to the North Pole, the Mid-Atlantic Ridge and the Mediterranean and Baltic Seas.

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North-west African locusts

The online knowledge base "Caelids of Northwest Africa" is aimed at anyone interested in this group of insects or in the region covered. It is primarily intended for professionals in species and environmental conservation, locust controllers concerned with the preservation of non-target fauna, and student entomologists and ecologists who do not necessarily have easy access to the collections of national museums.

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Database of campaigns and their stations.

The BasExp database contains information on the expeditions of the Muséum national d'Histoire naturelle. It aims to provide a single entry point for all the Museum's campaigns and expeditions By standardising collection information in an institutional database as close to the field as possible, it facilitates the entry of specimens into the collection, and thus improves follow-up and traceability.

Although part of the data is reserved for researchers with an account, the public has access to most of the information from the Museum's campaigns.

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Plants

FLORA, National Botanical Conservatory of the Paris Basin

The Botanical Conservatory created by the Muséum offers the Flora database listing the plant biodiversity of the Paris Basin. Any botanist who is part of the network can request reserved access to the database.

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Georeferenced localities of New Caledonia (New Caledonia Gazetteer)

Georeferenced index of botanical survey locations in New Caledonia, and of HS MacKee's collection notebooks

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MYCOTA, fungal contaminants of cultural heritage

The MYCOTA database is primarily intended for conservation-restoration professionals. The information contained in the database comes from experiments and bibliographical research carried out at the Centre de Recherche sur la Conservation des Collections (CRCC).

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