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Welcome to the New Mexico Biodiversity Collections Consortium

New Mexico is enormously rich in biodiversity and fortunate in that a history of that biodiversity is still available to scientists and the public in the form of collections housed in the state's natural history museums. To protect those collections and to make the information stored in them available to the scientific community and the general public, NMBCC has integrated museum data at the University of New Mexico, New Mexico State University, Western New Mexico University, Eastern New Mexico University, and the New Mexico Museum of Natural History into a searchable geospatial format accessible via the Internet.

The NMBCC Gateway to New Mexico Biodiversity

We currently have over 350,000 records in the NMBCC searchable database representing specimens from 23 different New Mexico collections. Over 100,000 of these are mappable (you must register to be able to use our mapping capabilities). Use the left sidebar links to find out more or use the box below to search our collections.

Quick Search New Mexico Collections:

Default is Any Kingdom.
Scientific Name
Examples: Lynx rufus or ceanothus
Common Name
Examples: fern, bat, or daisy

New NMBCC Gateway News and Features!
  • June 1, 2009. The New Mexico Museum of Natural History has been a long-time friend and member of the NMBCC, so it is with great pleasure that we have at last added NMMNH data to the NMBCC database. We now have nearly 2,000 records from their mammal collection, about half of which are mappable.
  • May 21, 2009. With our new refreshed data, NMBCC passed two milestones. We now serve over 350,000 specimen records, over 100,000 of which are mappable.
  • May 10, 2009. Data for most Herbaria collections refreshed. Thousands of new specimen records and tens of thousands of more georeferences. New upload protocol improves content for nomenclature and georeferencing details.
  • April 1, 2009. We have added mapping capabilities for registered users. You can now map records that have been georeferenced in either Berkeley Mapper or in our own Advanced IMF Mapper. The IMF Mapper has all kinds of cool options like mapping against numerous background layers and printing out your maps.
  • March 15, 2009.NMBCC has partnered with the Southwest Environmental Information Network (SEINet) to provide more and better resources to support study of the biodiversity of the American Southwest. Checkout the new Southwest Biodiversity Consortium site (currently geared toward regional herbaria).

Register now, if you haven't already, for access to more features.

Beetles from ENMU Dave at UNM Arthropods
Sandy entering into database wet collections at ENMU

Prior to 2008, NMBCC was known as the Biodiversity Division of the Institute of Natural Resource Analysis and Management (INRAM).