|Insect & Mite Identification Service|
1 - Overview
2 - Guidelines for USDA-APHIS-PPQ Submissions
3 - Guidelines for Professional/Academic Submissions
4 - Guidelines for General Submissions
The Systematic Entomology Laboratory (SEL) routinely provides specimen identification assistance as a free service to both governmental and private entities, including federal research and regulatory agencies, state departments of health and agriculure, university researchers, and private citizens. This service is coordinated by SEL's Communications & Taxonomic Services Unit (CTSU) and relies on the expertise of SEL scientists and collaborating specialists. CTSU maintains a relational database allowing for the efficient management of identification assignments. Upon completion, CTSU is responsible for reporting identifications to the submitter and returning specimens when requested.
Due to the large volume of identification requests that are received by SEL, submission requirements have been instituted to facilitate the processing of ID requests. The requirements that follow fall into two major categorioes, documentation and specimen preparation. Timely completion of requested identifications is dependent upon your compliance with our submission standards.
The following links provide specific instructions for different classes of submitters.
If you have been in communication with a specialist regarding your submission, please make note of this on your Identification Request Form. All specimens and accompanying documentation should be sent to the following address:
Any questions or inquiries regarding SEL's Identification Service should be directed to:
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