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Welcome to the RBINS Collection of Entomology

The insect, spider, mite and centipede collections of the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences contain between 15 and 17 million specimens. They span most of the known orders and contain at least 15,000 type specimens. As the unique specimen from which a particular species was described, these samples are important reference sources. About 1,000 such "types" have been added in the last ten years.






Type specimens





Original Illustrations






Wouter  Deckoninck
(collection conservator)
+32 (0)2 627 42 98


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