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Specimen Database

The Intermountain Herbarium began data basing its specimen information in 1990, using Alpha Database Software. We now use the SYMBIOTA database software via 4 portals:

Vascular plants – intermountainbiota.org (http://intermountainbiota.org)
Fungi – mycoportal.org (http://mycoportal.org)
Lichens – lichenportal.org (http://lichenportal.org)
Bryophytes – bryophyteportal.org (http://bryophyteportal.org)

As of August 25, 2017, we have 167,133 records in the database. This represents slightly over 59% of the specimens in the Herbarium. Of the databased records, 26% are of Utah specimens and 21% are of grasses. About 39% of the databased records are georeferenced (have latitude and longitude information), an essential for mapping distributions, and about 55% are imaged.

Our priority for entering specimens into the database are:

  1. specimens involved in a herbarium transaction (additions, annotations, loan preparation or return)
  2. Utah specimens

Our records are made available via the Global Biodiversity Information Facility and idigbio (www.idigbio.org).

Growth of specimens in database (red) compared total holdings (blue) 1990-2017:

data graph