Symbiota Portals

What are Symbiota portals? Each portal listed below represents a collaborative community of collections and researchers. Most portals have a specific regional and/or taxonomic scope, while others are institution-based. All portals include voucher-based occurrence records, and some additionally include observational data.

Who can join a portal? Symbiota portals are for collections of all sizes—large to small! You may “live manage” your data in a portal and use it as your content management system, or you may upload a copy or “snapshot” of your dataset. To join an existing portal or try using Symbiota in our demo portal, fill out this form and email to let us know you’re interested.

Don’t see a portal that meets your needs? You can deploy and maintain your own Symbiota portal using the open source code and your own IT infrastructure, or you can contract with the Symbiota Support Hub to create and maintain a new portal for you. For more information, contact the Hub at

Portal Name & LinkTaxonomic ScopeGeographic ScopeSSH-hostedOther Notes
Academy of Natural Sciences Entomology CollectionInvertebrates (insects, other arthropods)GlobalMaintained by the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University
African Herbaria (under construction!)PlantsAfricax
All AsiaPlantsAsiax
Bhutan Biodiversity Specimen PortalAllBhutan
Big Bee LibraryInvertebrates (bees)Globalx
BiodiverseNBAllNew Brunswick, CanadaxCollections of the New Brunswick Museum
BioGatorAllUF Campus, Gainesville, FL, USAx
Channel Islands Biodiversity Information System (Cal-IBIS)AllChannel Islands, CA, USAMaintained by the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden and Nature Conservancy
Consortium of California Herbaria (CCH2)PlantsCalifornia Floristic Province, USAx
Consortium of Latin American Lichen Herbaria (CHLAL)Fungi (lichens)Latin Americax
Consortium of Midwest HerbariaPlantsMidwestern USA (IL, IN, MI, MN, OH, WI)xPart of the SEINet Portal Network
Consortium of North American Bryophyte Herbaria (CNABH)Plants (bryophytes)Globalx
Consortium of North American Lichen Herbaria (CNALH)Fungi (lichens)Globalx
Consortium of Northeastern Herbaria (CNH)PlantsNortheastern USA & Eastern Canadax
Consortium of Pacific Herbaria (under construction!)PlantsPacific Islandsx
Consortium of Small Vertebrate CollectionsVertebratesGlobalx
Consortium of Southern Rocky Mountain Herbaria (SoRo)PlantsSouthern Rocky Mountains USA (CO, ID, MT, WY)xPart of the SEINet Portal Network
Cooperative Taxonomic Resource for American Myrtaceae (CoTRAM)Plants (Myrtaceae)North and South Americax
Cretaceous Vertebrates of MadagascarVertebrates (fossils)Madagascar (Cretaceous)x
Documenting Ethnobiology in Mexico and Central America (DEMCA)AllMexico and Central Americax
EcdysisInvertebrates (arthropods)Globalx
EcoFloras of North AmericaPlantsNorth AmericaxPart of the SEINet Portal Network
Flora of WisconsinPlantsWisconsinMaintained by University of Wisconsin-Madison
Gabon BiodiversityAllGabon / West Africax
Great Lakes Invasives NetworkAllMidwest USAMaintained by the University of Wisconsin-Madison
Guatemala BiodiversityAllGuatemala / Latin Americax
Herbario Virtual Austral Americano (HVAA)Plantssouthern South America (Argentina & Chile)x
Illinois Natural History SurveyAllMidwest, USAMaintained by University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Indian River Lagoon Species InventoryAllFlorida, USA
Intermountain Herbaria ConsortiumPlantsGreat Basin region USA (UT, NV)xPart of the SEINet Portal Network
Invert-E-BaseInvertebratesGlobalxDoes not include terrestrial arthropods
Lundell Plant Biodiversity PortalPlantsTexas, Mexico, MesoamericaMaintained by the University of Texas at Austin
Macroalgal Herbarium ConsortiumAlgaeGlobalx
Madrean Discovery & Madrean Archipelago Biodiversity Assessment ProjectAllMadrean Archipelago (southern USA and northern Mexico)x
Mid-Atlantic Herbaria ConsortiumPlantsMid-Atlantic USA (NY, NJ, PA, MD, DE, DC)xPart of the SEINet Portal Network
Minnesota Biodiversity AtlasAllMinnesota, USAMaintained by the Bell Museum at University of Minnesota
MonarchAllGlobalMaintained by the California Academy of Sciences
Mycology Collections Data Portal (MycoPortal)FungiGlobalMaintained by the Illinois Natural History Survey
National Database of Biodiversity of Ecuador (BNDB)AllEcuadorMaintained by INABIO
North American Network of Small Herbaria (NANSH)PlantsNorth AmericaxPart of the SEINet Portal Network
Northeastern Asia FloraPlantsAsiaMaintained by the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences of Seoul
NEON BiorepositoryAllNEON field sitesx
Neotropical Flora PortalPlantsCentral and South Americax
Northern Great Plains HerbariaPlantsNorth-central USA (ND, SD, NE, KS, MN, IA, MO, OK, TX)xPart of the SEINet Portal Network
Open HerbariumPlantsGlobalx
OregonFloraPlantsOregonMaintained by Oregon State University
PaleobotanyPlants (fossils)Globalx
Pacific Island Land Snail Biodiversity Repository (PILSBRy)Invertebrates (terrestrial gastropods)Pacific Islandsx
PteridoPortalPlants (ferns, extant & fossils)Globalx
SEINet New Mexico-Arizona ChapterPlantsNew Mexico and Arizona, USAxPart of the SEINet Portal Network
Southeast Regional Network of Expertise and Collections (SERNEC)PlantsSoutheastern USAx Part of the SEINet Portal Network
Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute CollectionsAllPanamax
Symbiota Collections of Arthropods Network (SCAN)Invertebrates (Arthropods)GlobalMaintained by the University of Arizona
Texas and Oklahoma Regional Consortium of Herbaria (TORCH)PlantsTexas and Oklahoma, USAxPart of the SEINet Portal Network
University of Colorado Museum of Natural History Herbarium (COLO)PlantsGlobalMaintained by the University of Colorado at Boulder
The Weevil Portal (under construction!)Invertebrates (Coleoptera: Curculionoidea)GlobalxSnapshot data only
Explanation of “How do I join a Symbiota portal?” during the Symbiota Support Group meeting for March 2023.

*SSH-hosted = the Symbiota Support Hub provides the technical infrastructure for this portal