Many collections from Grenoble’s Museum represent a scientific interest, or historical, important…

Researchers need to examine those parts to study the particularities of certain animal species, compare the species, collect presence data on a precise territory.

In other cases, it will be necessary to consult reference specimens, or types, particularly present especially in the Museum’s herbarium.

Those types are kind of yardsticks of a scientific name : associated to that name, they show in a concrete way, the taxon designated by the concerned name and bind them both. Types are mostly the one or them specimens on which ones is based the scientist to describe and appoint the taxon.

For example, for the Museum’s herbarium, since 1978, there have been 336 consultations minimum, emanating of 23 countries researchers, each may concern one to several hundred parts of herbariums according to the case.

The map below illustrates the summary geographical distribution and origin of these requests.

The Grenoble’s Museum values also these collections by sharing these datas with other databases, like the one for example from Auvergne Rhône-Alpes Regional observatory for biodiversity, which groups current distribution data, also ancient, from the flora, in our region.

Mapping of the consultations of the herbarium of the Grenoble's Museum

Type specimen of Orchis angustata Arv.-Touv. (MHNGr.1914.35992)