Florida State Collection of Arthropods, Division of Plant Industry, Gainesville, FL.

The mission of the Florida State Collection of Arthropods is to continue to build and maintain the best possible worldwide collection of terrestrial and aquatic arthropods for research, education, and support of the regulatory functions of the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services; to serve as a repository for type, voucher and research specimens; to conduct arthropod biodiversity surveys especially of the tropics and subtropics, of which Florida is part due to its unique geography and climate; to do so with the aim of furthering the science of arthropod systematics, and to document, understand, and protect Florida’s natural fauna and flora and its agricultural economy.