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ASNHC Celebrates 20,000th Mammal Specimen

February 20, 2020

  • 20,000th mammal specimen, an eastern spotted skunk
In February 2020, the Angelo State Natural History Collections (ASNHC) cataloged its 20,000th mammal specimen as part of our annual Open House.

The specimen chosen was an eastern spotted skunk (Spilogale putorius). To put this achievement in perspective, a similar cataloging event held in 1998 celebrated the 10,000th mammal specimen - it took 22 years to add another 10,000!

Also, with all the cataloging and digitizing in the last year, the ASNHC has moved from being the fifth-largest collection of mephitids (that is, skunks) with 936 specimens to second in the world with 1,616 individual skunk specimens. We are second only to the National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C., which has 3,013 skunk specimens.