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University of Copenhagen


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, ThailandSeeds 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

World’s only off-site collection of Galapagos 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 samples2,000 DNA samples of Monocotyledones
Palaeontological South American Quaternary mammal fossilsHuman remains (very full archaeological documentation) covering Mesolithic up to 17th centuryFossils from Denmark and the Baltic area, including all important fossils recently found in Denmark, Greenland and the Arctic

Cambrian arthropods

Devonian Amphibians

Zoological Arctic, especially Greenlandic, and Danish animals • Deep-sea animals • Baltic Sea animals • Philippine, Bismarck and Solomon Islands animals • WhalesWorld’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

Collection Staff Highlights
Botanical Arctic/Antarctic lichens, TeloschistaceaeToxic marine microalgaePinaceae

Asteraceae Mutisieae, Dahlia



Crataegus, Crocus, Cryptocoryne

Triticean grasses

Disciplinary X-radiography analyses of animalsIdentification of Chiroptera using ultrasonic electronicsPlant tissue culture methods

Computer aided plant identification

Invertebrate morphology

3D visualisation for biological anthropology

Histomorphometry for biological anthropology

Palaeontological Brachiopods, Molluscs, Arthropods, Echinoderms, Foraminiferans, ConodontsSharksTrace fossils

Early life forms

Meteorites, Minerals, Basalts

Zoological Foraminifera, XenophyophoraPolychaeta Phyllodocidae & SpionidaeTardigrada

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.

For a full list of the equipment that Users can apply to use, click here.