A display box of dragonflies and damselflies from the ANIC.
Using the Australian National Insect Collection
Visitors come from around the world to the Australian National Insect Collection to undertake research and work with our material.
1 March 2006 | Updated 7 May 2013
Each year scientists from around the world use the Australian National Insect Collection (ANIC) to undertake research and work with our collection.
If you believe research you are currently doing could benefit through working with the ANIC please contact an appropriate staff member to discuss potential opportunities to work together.
There are strict controls governing the exporting of insects and other native flora and fauna from Australia. The Australian government's Department of the Environment and Water Resources provides the guidelines and the permits for the import and export of wildlife.
If you believe research you are currently doing could benefit through working with the ANIC please contact us.
Before you send specimens to ANIC, or receive specimens from ANIC, please ensure you are aware of the import/export regulations for Australia and for the country where you are located.
The ANIC Manager may be able to help with enquiries relating to the import and export of specimens destined for or borrowed from the ANIC.
If you plan to collect insects in Australia's national parks, state forests or fauna reserves, a Collecting Permit is required. Collecting Permits must be obtained from the appropriate federal or state government authority before any collecting can be carried out in these areas.
Permits are issued on the condition that all primary types (holo-, lecto-, neo- and syntypes) designated from material exported under the permit must be returned to Australia for lodgement in an approved repository.
For insects and related taxa the ANIC and all state museums are approved repositories.
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