University of Copenhagen (UCPH)


Collections & Expertise

The collections of DK-TAF are, quantitatively as well as qualitatively, in an international top class. They comprise a total of about 20 million specimens of preserved animals, preserved human remains, preserved and living plants, tissues, fossils, minerals and rocks. Collections include approximately 75,000 type specimens, including ca. 8,000 types of insects described by I.C. Fabricius (1800's), the Forsskål, Isert & Thonning plants types, and types of fossil animals and plants from Denmark and Greenland.

Collection Highlights
Botanical Plants, mosses, lichens and fungi from Greenland, N Atlantic islands, Denmark, Scandinavia, E and NE Africa, Thailand
Seeds of Triticeae (wild relatives of wheat, rye and barley, more than 10,000 samples)
Culture collection of algae, marine phytoplankton, in the Scandinavian Culture Centre for Algae and Protozoa
Thailand orchids; Crataegus, Commelinaceae and Begoniaceae
World’s largest collection of Dahlia
World’s only off-site collection of Galapagos plants
Greek mountain plants
Very large and diverse collection of annual plants
Seed and genebank of wild Danish plants
ca. 30,000 specimens of plant pathogenic fungi. Rare and unique collection of cones
Entomological Lepidoptera from temperate S. America
Tissue World’s largest collection from birds (29,000 samples representing 3,000 species)
8,000 African mammal samples
2,000 DNA samples of Monocotyledones
Palaeontological South American Quaternary mammal fossils
Human remains (very full archaeological documentation) covering Mesolithic up to 17th century
Fossils from Denmark and the Baltic area, including all important fossils recently found in Denmark, Greenland and the Arctic
Cambrian arthropods
Devonian Amphibians
Mo-clay Tertiary fossils, especially birds
Triassic fishes from Madagascar, and fishes from the Devonian, Permian, and Triassic of Greenland
Zoological Arctic, especially Greenlandic, and Danish animals • Deep-sea animals • Baltic Sea animals • Philippine, Bismarck and Solomon Islands animals • Whales
World’s largest databases on African terrestrial vertebrates (> 800,000 records of ca. 3,000 species) and South American birds (ca. 600,000 records of 3.100 species)
The new phyla Loricifera, Cycliophora and Micrognathozo
All known species of African freshwater gastropods and bivalves
Tissue collections
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Collection Staff Highlights
Botanical Arctic/Antarctic lichens, Teloschistaceae
Toxic marine microalgae
Asteraceae Mutisieae, Dahlia
Crataegus, Crocus, Cryptocoryne
Triticean grasses
Disciplinary X-radiography analyses of animals
Identification of Chiroptera using ultrasonic electronics
Plant tissue culture methods
Computer aided plant identification
Invertebrate morphology
3D visualisation for biological anthropology
Histomorphometry for biological anthropology
Palaeontological Brachiopods, Molluscs, Arthropods, Echinoderms, Foraminiferans, Conodonts
Trace fossils
Early life forms
Meteorites, Minerals, Basalts
Zoological Foraminifera, Xenophyophora
Polychaeta Phyllodocidae & Spionidae
Araneae Araneoidea
Crustacea Tantulocarida, Mystacocarida, Leptostraaca, Cirripedia (Thoracica & Rhizocephala)
Coleoptera Staphylinoidea, Lepidotera ‘primitive groups, Hymenoptera Orussidae, Calyptrate Diptera
Ophidiiform fishes, Polar fishes

Analytical Facilities

DK-TAF is equipped with state-of-the-art lab facilities, which are being used not only by DK-TAF staff and students but also by a large number of external Users coming from all over the world.

Please click here for a list of the analytical facilities available