INBio’s arthropodes’ unit generates information about insects and arachnids (from the Insecta and Arachnida class) in Costa Rica, whose diversity is estimated in 365.000 different species.




Its main objective is to know and/or determine their identity, natural history, conservation estate, potential uses and its geographical distribution thru time.  This acquired facts are used then, to create information that’ll help in diverse decision making processes regarding its conservation, environmental policies and the development of productive activities and/or products that aid conservation of its natural environment and its components.

The unit’s work is within the framework of the National Biodiversity Inventory, that is leaded by INBio in collaboration with the National system of Conservation Areas (SINAC), through an agreement made with the Environment and Energy Ministry (MINAE), and with the very valuable contribution of specialists, scholars and institutions that are dedicated to study biodiversity, as well as cooperation agencies, foundations and international organisms that contribute to the execution of this great task.

The sampling is made by a para-taxonomist team that specializes in specimen’s collection, preparation and preliminary identification.  These activities take place in forests and diverse ecosystems, located mostly in wild protected areas that are property of the state.  In our lab, the job goes on with the classification, sorting, information entry to data bases, species description, illustrations and printings, etc.   This is all done thanks to a group of technicians and curators associated to specialist collaborators, as well as volunteers.


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As an immediate result, a collection of near three million specimens properly prepared has been generated, each of which has a barcode that allows to bind all the information regarding that specimen in one place, such as: identification, images, natural history observations, preparations, references, etc.  This is a very valuable resource that allows for information analysis for several uses such as wild area management and planification, genetic studies, etc.  This information is then completed with cientific and informational materilas, field guides, species pages or basic information units, id keys, images, identification services, consulting and trainings, etc. 

Such information is public, and acces to it is free  for al educational and personal developent purposes, as well as other non-commercial uses.



Carlos Víquez, Sección Artrópodos,  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.









Las colecciones biológicas respaldan el inventario de biodiversidad que ha venido desarrollando el INBio desde su inicio en 1989 en estrecha colaboración con Ministerio de Ambiente y Energía (MINAE) y el Sistema Nacional de Área de Conservación (SINAC) en todas las regiones del país y con la colaboración y el apoyo de gran cantidad de personas,  instituciones y gobiernos: parataxónomos, técnicos, expertos nacionales y extranjeros, voluntarios, estudiantes, museos, centros de investigación, universidades, organismos internacionales, agencias para el desarrollo y fundaciones.

Para mas información visite: Colecciones





Cursos y Capacitaciones


Para INBio es esencial compartir, difundir y popularizar ideas, valores, conocimiento y experiencia sobre la biodiversidad y sus usos sostenibles. Uno de las medios que INBio emplea para esto es a través de cursos, talleres, giras demostrativas y otras actividades. Le invitamos a explorar nuestras actividades programadas.

Para mas información visite: Cursos y Capacitaciones