Loan Policy

Researchers are encouraged to examine specimens at Scripps and visitors should make arrangements with Collection staff prior to their visit.

Specimens are also available for loan to qualified researchers at recognized institutions. Loans normally are made for a period of one year, though extensions may be granted.

Specimens on loan may not be transferred without written permission.

Dissection or any other technique that alters the specimen must be authorized. 

Holotypes or rare specimens normally are not loaned. Holotypes and paratypes of new species will be retained at Scripps.

Paratypes may be distributed to other qualified institutions after authorization from the Curator. The Collection should be acknowledged in publications resulting from the use of specimens or data and a reprint is requested for the Collection library. The appropriate acronym is "SIO".

For further information, to arrange a visit, or to request the loan of specimens, please contact the Collection personnel.