The Papua Insects Foundation

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Collections with insects of Papua Indonesia

All natural history collections are mentioned in which material has been studied and photographed. Institutions and private collectors have given permission to depict their material or show information, for which we are very grateful.



Abbreviations of the collections

Abbreviations of the collections used in the text are according to the list of “Insect and Spider Collections of the World” or, if different, at request of the museums:

AMNH - American Museum of Natural History, New York (New York), United States

BMNH - Natural History Museum, London, United Kingdom

BPBM - Bernice P. Bishop Museum (State Museum of Natural and Cultural History), Honolulu (Hawaii), United States

CCGT - Private collection Colin G. Treadaway (assigned to SMFD), Limbach-Wagenschwend, Germany

CJSD - Private collection Dr. Josef Settele, Leipzig, Germany

CKC - Private collection Dr. Karel Cerny, Zirl, Austria

CMP - Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Pittsburgh (Pennsylvania), United States

CMWM - Museum Witt, München (Munich), Germany

DEI - Institut für Pflanzenschutzforschung, Deutches Entomologisches Institut, Eberswalde Finow, Germany

ISNB - Institute Royal des Sciences Naturelles de Belgique, Brussels, Belgium

KSP - Koleksi Serangga Papua, Waena, Papua, Indonesia (in UNCEN, Cenderawasih University)

LEW - NCB-Naturalis, Nederlands Centrum voor Biodiversiteit (former collection of the Laboratory of Entomology Wageningen or Agricultural University), The Netherlands

MCSN - Museo Civico de Storia Naturale "Giacomo Doria", Genua, Italy

MCZR - Museo Civico di Zoologica, Rome, Italy

MNHN - Museum National d'Histoire Naturelle, Paris, France

MWNH - Museum Wiesbaden (Naturwissenschaftliche Sammlung), Germany

MZB - Museum Zoologicum Bogoriense, Cibinong, Java, Indonesia

NHRS - Naturhistoriska Riksmuseet, Stockholm, Sweden

NMW - Naturhistorisches Museum, Wien (Vienna), Austria

OXUM - Oxford University Museum of Natural History, United Kingdom

RMNH - Naturalis Biodiversity Center (NBC), Leiden (former Nationaal Natuurhistorisch Museum, Leiden), The Netherlands

SMFD - Naturmuseum Senckenberg, Frankfurt am Main, Germany

SMNK - Staatliches Museum für Naturkunde Karlsruhe, Germany

SMNS - Staatliches Museum für Naturkunde, Stuttgart, Germany

SNSD - Senckenberg Naturhistorische Sammlungen, Dresden, Germany

USNM - Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural History, Washington, District of Columbia, USA

ZFMK - Zoologisches Forschungsinstitut und Museum Alexander Koenig, Bonn, Germany

ZMAN - Naturalis Biodiversity Center (NBC), Leiden (former Zoölogisch Museum Amsterdam), The Netherlands

ZMHB - Museum für Naturkunde (Humboldt Universität), Berlin, Germany

ZMUC - The Natural History Museum of Denmark (University of Copenhagen)

ZMUH - Zoologisches Institut und Museum (Universität), Hamburg, Germany

ZSMC - Zoologische Staatssammlung, München, (Munich) Germany

The Netherlands


Naturalis Biodiversity Center (RMNH)

former Nationaal Natuurhistorisch Museum (Naturalis), Zoölogisch Museum Amsterdam (ZMAN) and Collection of the Laboratory of Entomology Wageningen (WAU) and Nederlands Centrum voor Biodiversiteit (NCB)

Abbreviation: RMNH (NCB, ZMAN and LEW or WAU)
Darwinweg 2
NL-2333 CR Leiden
The Netherlands

(photo: Rob de Vos)







Institute Royal des Sciences Naturelles de Belgique (Koninklijk Belgisch Instituut voor Natuurwetenschappen)

Abbreviation: ISNB

Vautierstraat 29
1000 Brussel

(photo: Rob de Vos)


United Kingdom




Natural History Museum
(British Museum of Natural History)

Abbreviation: BMNH

Cromwell Road
London SW7 5BD
United Kingdom

(photo: Rob de Vos)




Oxford University Museum of Natural History
(Hope Entomological Collections)

Abbreviation: OXUM

University Museum Parks Road
Oxford OX1 3PW
United Kingdom

(photo: Rob de Vos)








Museum National d'Histoire Naturelle

Abbreviation: MNHN

Rue Cuvier 57
75005 Paris

(photo: Jan Moonen)







Zoologische Staatssammlung München

Abbreviation: ZSMC

Münchhausenstr. 21
D-81247 München

(photo: Rob de Vos)





Museum Witt München

Abbreviation: CMWM

Tengstrasse 33
D-80796 München

(photo: Rob de Vos)










Museum für Naturkunde Berlin
(Leibniz-Institut für Evolutions- und Biodiversitätsforschung
an der Humboldt-Universität)

Abbreviation: ZMHB

Invalidenstrasse 43
D-10115 Berlin

(photo: Rob de Vos)










Naturmuseum Senckenberg

Abbreviation: SMFD

Senckenberganlage 25
D-60325 Frankfurt am Main

(photo: Arnold de Boer)






Staatliches Museum für Naturkunde Karlsruhe

Abbreviation: SMNK

Erbprinzenstr. 13
D-76133 Karlsruhe

(photo: Alexander Riedel)


Museum Wiesbaden
(Naturwissenschaftliche Sammlung)

Abbreviation: MWNH

Friedrich-Ebert-Allee 2
D-65185 Wiesbaden




Zoologisches Forschungsinstitut und
Museum Alexander Koenig

Abbreviation: ZFMK

Adenauerallee 160
D-53113 Bonn

(photo: Arnold de Boer)





Senckenberg Naturhistorische Sammlungen Dresden

Abbreviation: SNSD

Königsbrücker Landstrasse 159
D- 01109 Dresden

(photo: Rob de Vos)





Senckenberg Deutches Entomologisches Institut

(Deutsches Entomologisches Institut,
Leibniz-Zentrum für Agrarlandschafts- und Landnutzungsforschung)

Abbreviation: DEI

Eberswalder Straße 84
15374 Müncheberg

(photo: Rob de Vos)




Zoologisches Institut und Zoologisches Museum, Universität Hamburg

Abbreviation: ZMUH

Martin-Luther-King-Platz 3
20146 Hamburg

(photo: Arnold de Boer)






Staatliches Museum für Naturkunde, Stuttgart

Abbreviation: SMNS

70191 Stuttgart

(photo: Arnold de Boer)






Naturhistorisches Museum (International Research Institute for Entomology)

Abbreviation: NMW

Burgring 7
1014 Wien

(photo: Arnold de Boer)






The Natural History Museum of Denmark
(University of Copenhagen)

Abbreviation: ZMUC

Universitetsparken 15
DK-2100 Copenhagen










Naturhistoriska Riksmuseet

Abbreviation: NHRS

Frescativägen 40
S-10691 Stockholm










Museo Civico di Storia Naturale "Giacomo Doria"

Abbreviation: MCSN

Via Brigata Liguria 9
Genoa (Genua)

(photo: Arnold de Boer)





Museo Civico di Zoologica

Abbreviation: MCZR

Via Ulisse Aldrovandi 18

(photo: Rob de Vos)


United States of America

Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural History

Abbreviation: USNM

10th Street & Constitution Ave. NW
Washington D.C. 20013
United States







Bernice P. Bishop Museum
(State Museum of Natural and Cultural History)

Abbreviation: BPBM

1525 Bernice Street
Honolulu, HI 96817
United States

(photo: Gerrit Withaar)









Museum Zoologicum Bogoriense

Abbreviation: MZB

Jalan Raya, P.O. Box 208
Cibinong Bogor, Java

(photo: Marieke Schouten)




Koleksi Serangga Papua
(Papua Insect Collection)

Abbreviation: KSP

Cenderawasih Universitas (UNCEN)
Biology Faculty
Waena, Papua, Indonesia

(photo: Rob de Vos)


Collection details :
- Lepidoptera, most local Papuan material of all families
- important collection of Delias (Pieridae) with many types