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Taiwan Forestry Research Institute


Taiwan Forestry Research Institute

Herbarium of Taiwan Forestry Research Institiute

We are currently the oldest and largest herbarium in Taiwan. The digitization of our specimen collection began in 2004, and to date, we have made available over 430,000 digital specimen records, along with high-resolution images exceeding 300 DPI for research and inquiries from various fields. If you are interested in exploring the antique-level plant specimen collection data or delving into the history of plant specimen curation, our rich database welcomes you to dig in and uncover the stories behind our ancient collections!

Taiwan Forestry Research Institute

Forest Arthropod Collection of Taiwan

The Taiwan Forest Insect Museum, under the Forestry Research Institute, is one of the most important insect collection units in Taiwan. The earliest specimens were collected in August 1910, and for over a century, it has preserved numerous species, some of which are now extinct, such as the Great Mormon Butterfly and the Large Purple Crow Butterfly, along with other precious specimens. In the year 2000, a new insect specimen museum was established with collection facilities meeting international standards.
Since then, efforts have been made to implement a "specimen barcode system" and a "database management system." The museum has also continued to digitize images of its collection specimens, aligning itself with the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF).