The UCMP Amber Collection

The UCMP amber collection is one of the largest in the country, with the bulk of it coming from the early Miocene of Chiapas, Mexico. The Harvard-educated archaeologist Frans Blom collected specimens as well as facilitated amber collecting trips to Chiapas for former UC Berkeley paleontology and entomology faculty. To date, all 2,136 UCMP specimens are databased and accessible through the online UCMP database search. The metadata and images are also being published via the Berkeley Natural History Museums IPT to the online web resources iDigBio, iDigPaleo, GBIF (Global BiodiversityInformation Facility), and EOL (Encyclopedia of Life). The BFIP team digitized 1,550 non-type amber specimens and provided over 1,700 images of the whole specimen slide mounts with label data. Currently, we are imaging the type specimen inclusions and 72 high resolution jpegs are now available on Calphotos. All specimen lower resolution jpegs are available on iDigBio, iDigPaleo, and EOL.

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Trichomyia sp., a small fly belonging to the Family Psychodidae in amber from Chiapas, Mexico.
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Mimeutychurus paradoxus Petrunkevitch — Holotype.