Collections and Research Online Databases - California Beetle Project

NOTE: As of 2014, the California Beetle Project page is no longer updated. The original database and list of California beetles in the menu on the left will remain for the time being, but the information contained within is not necessarily current. SBMNH Entomology Curator Matthew L. Gimmel has divided up the function of the original database into two conceptual halves:

  1. The SBMNH Entomology specimen-level database, including all SBMNH beetle specimens included in the CBP database, which is now available (and ever-growing) through the SCAN portal at

  2. A literature- (and available specimen-)based checklist.
  3. of the Coleoptera of California, which is being revised and re-compiled by Dr. Gimmel, and, as of January 2017, is about 85% complete.

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Last updated 03/19/2009
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The California beetle database

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Welcome to the online California beetle database. This database contains near 150,000 records of beetle species in California, including collection and literature records. Nearly three-fourths of these records are georeferenced and mappable. The database contains over 100,000 records of specimens in the SBMNH collections, in addition to tens of thousands of historical records transcribed from the literature.

The simple search should serve most users' needs. It produces species lists for a specified family, genus, county or managed area, and provides links to species pages, specimen data and maps. The advanced search permits more detailed queries for specialist users. The Taxonomy Browser is the place to start if you want to drill down through a list of all families, then genera and species in the database.

  The search forms have been designed to be user-friendly. Additional information on selected items can be found where you see the red info button. These open 'pop-up' windows with instructions. If you have pop-ups blocked in your browser, you may wish either to change that setting, or open the pdf, Instructions for using Simple Search.

For details on how the database works see the CBP informatics page.

Any comments or questions on the database may be sent to the project's former coordinator, Dr. Matthew L. Gimmel.