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Harvard University, Museum of Comparative Zoology

The Museum of Comparative Zoology was founded by Louis Agassiz
Established 1859
Location 26 Oxford Street, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138
Type Private Academic Institution
Website www.mcz.harvard.edu

The Museum of Comparative Zoology

Over View of MCZ Ant Collection

Dedicated to the memory of William Morton Wheeler who worked here from 1908 until his death in 1938, this is an important collection of more than 3,500 primary ant types from all over the world. Housing more than 1.5 million mounted ant specimens, this ant collection has been built up over the years by William Morten Wheeler, William Mann, Neil Weber, William Brown, E.O. Wilson, Stefan Cover, Gary Alpert and many other myrmecologists.

MCZ Alcohol Collection of Ants

The MCZ maintains an alcohol collection of ants. Ants are stored in 100% alcohol at -20 degrees Fahrenheit in Sarstedt vials with 0-ring gaskets. Archival specimens are stored in -80 degrees Fahrenheit in a cryogenic facility.

  • Contact Stefan Cover, curator in the Entomology Department for guidance on loans, contributions, visits and MCZ policy.
Montage Imaging System

Leica Application Suite (LAS) software and a Leica MZ16 stereomicroscope with autofocus and a Leica DCF420 digital camera is the basis of the imaging system. The microscope accessories include a Leica Dome Light, a carriage shift so that the microscope can be used for specimen identification as well as imaging.

Ant Specimen Loans and Ant Donation Policy
  • Contact Stefan Cover, curator in the Entomology Department for guidance on loans, contributions, visits and MCZ policy.
Current Personnel
  • Stefan Cover: curator
  • David Lubertazzi Post Doc working with E.O. Wilson
  • Christian Rabeling: Junior Fellow
  • Milan Janda: Visiting Faculty from Czech Republic
  • Piotr Naskrecki: Entomologist, photographer and author.
  • Gary D. Alpert: MCZ Associate
  • E.O. Wilson Professor emeritas
  • Naomi Pierce Professor of Entomology
  • Brian Farrell Professor of Entomology
  • Men-Sheng Wang: revison of Myrmecina
  • Phil Perkins, Linda Ford (curatorial staff)
Type Image Database
  • Visit Harvard Entomology Department MCZ Type Database for images of type specimens. [1]
  • Visit MCZbase for images of all specimens in the Museum. [2]