The Australian National Insect Collection is recognized both nationally and internationally as a major research collection. It is the world's largest collection of Australian insects and related groups such as mites, spiders, nematodes and centipedes housing over 12 million specimens.

ANIC is an important research collection used by CSIRO researchers, university staff and students, and scientists from Australian and international research organisations.

The collection was established in 1928 and continues to the present.

Taxonomic range

Kingdoms covered include: Animalia.

The Australian National Insect Collection includes members from the following taxa:
Insecta, Arachnida, Chilopoda, Collembola, Crustacea and Diplopoda.

Geographic range

All Australian states are covered.

Number of specimens in the collection

The estimated number of specimens in the Australian National Insect Collection is 12,000,000.

Of these 500,000 are databased. This represents 4.2 % of the collection.

Click the Records & Statistics tab to access those database records that are available through the atlas.


The Australian National Insect Collection contains these significant collections:

  • ANIC - Queensland Bioscience Precinct - The primary focus of the ANIC sub-collection held at the Biosciences Precinct in Brisbane stems from research on invasive insects of Australian plant species.
  • ANIC - Northern Territory - The primary focus of this collection is northern Australian ant fauna (Hymenoptera: Formicidae), with > 5,000 Australian species represented in the collection. It also includes a comprehensive collection of grasshoppers (Orthoptera) and a representative collection of beetles (Coleoptera) from the Top End of the NT.

Usage statistics

Metadata last updated on 2014-11-25 13:20:06.0

Digitised records available through the Atlas

The Australian National Insect Collection has an estimated 12,000,000 specimens.
The collection has databased 4.2 % of these (500,000 records).

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