Colorado Plateau Museum of Arthropod Biodiversity (CPMAB) houses more than 250,000
specimens, including the wide diversity
of taxa from the Colorado Plateau and comparative specimens from around the
world. The CPMAB focuses its collection on insects (Hexapoda) but includes
many spiders, scorpions (Arachnida), and centipedes and millipedes (Myriopoda).
In terms of geographic area, the CPMAB centers its attention on the Colorado
Plateau and adjacent regions in the southwestern United States.
The CPMAB’s specimens are used to
support education, research, and public outreach. Through these activities, the
CPMAB is not only improving understanding of the Colorado Plateau’s arthropods,
but also supporting the efforts of ecologists working on projects related to
conservation and biodiversity.
CPMAB curators are also available
to provide entomological consultations, including identifying insects and
spiders and providing information about the specimen’s biology.