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.

  1. Requests are normally accepted only if the biological groups involved are within the expertise of museum staff.
  2. Specimens for identification may be sent in only with prior agreement by the Curator concerned and upon concurrence by the Director.
  3. Live or preserved specimens must reach the Curator 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.).
  4. The Curator determines the study period necessary for each batch of accepted specimens.
  5. Duplicates or portions of specimens are retained for the MNH collections, the rest are returned at the expense of the requesting party, unless the Curator is instructed otherwise.
  6. 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.
  7. The Curator reports the identification upon receipt of the total service charge. Remittances must be addressed direct to the Curator concerned.
  8. The Museum assumes no responsibility for determinations done by the requesting part by comparison with the returned identified material.
  9. The Museum, in pursuance of its functions,  reserves the right to utilize the material obtained through identification services.
  10. 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.