Researchers, teachers, extension workers, and the general public may avail of the Museum's biological identification service and related extension function to provide basic information on natural history geared at promoting ecological awareness. Reasonable fees are charged at rates sufficient to cover the amount of time, material, and expertise invested to meet the request.

Some of our general guidelines are the following:

  1. Requests are normally accepted only if the biological groups involved are within the expertise of museum staff.
  2. We only accept preserved specimens which must reach the museum staff and curators in identifiable condition, be adequate in sample size, and bear the necessary collection data (i.e., locality, host or habitat, parasites or predators, damage to host, date of collection, collector, etc.).
  3. The museum staff and curator in charge of the identification shall determine the study period necessary for each batch of accepted specimens. The minimum period is at least 7 government working days.
  4. The MNH can request the duplicates or portions of specimens for deposition in the MNH collections, the rest are returned at the expense of the requesting party, unless the staff is instructed otherwise.
  5. Service charges vary with the Sections of the museum but in general are based on the level of identification (species or genus level). The requesting party is given a preliminary estimate if the charge for each batch of specimens accepted; he might be required to advance a portion of the total for operating expenses.
  6. The museum staff and curator releases the report of identification upon receipt of the total service charge. Payment are only in cash, and paid to the museum's special collecting officer.
  7. The Museum assumes no responsibility for determination done by the requesting part by comparison with the returned identified material.
  8. The Museum, in pursuance of its functions, may request from the collector the material obtained through identification services.
  9. Finally, the museum also reserves the right to reject any request. Grounds for rejection are:
    • Specimens belong to groups not within the expertise of the museum staff;
    • Request involves routine sorting into divisions, classes, orders, and families;
    • Specimens are inadequate in size, poorly prepared, or mutilated;
    • Request is for purposes of consultancy and related activities; and
    • Identification is used in ecological studies dealing with species diversity and succession.

Our specific guidelines on how to prepare specimens for submission to the museum's biological identification services are below:

  1. How-to-Guide for Preserving Arthropods Specimens
  2. How-to-Guide for Preparing Plant Specimens
  3. How-to-Guide for Preparing Microbial Cultures and Samples
  4. How-to-Guide for Preparing Zoological Specimens
  5. How-to-Guide for Preparing Fungal Specimens

IMPORTANT NOTE: Currently, we are implementing a new protocol for biological specimen identification services. Please read the memorandum. We have also new rates for identification services. See the rates here: