The Division of Biological Collection at the National Institute of Polar Research (NIPR) has been taking care of biological specimens collected by the Japanese Antarctic Research Expeditions (JAREs) and through field works in Arctic and Antarctic regions. The collection has been loaned for scientific research and exhibitions at museums etc. for public education. Moss specimens in the collection were registered at a herbaria, coded as "NIPR" and animal specimens were catalogued in a publication (National Institute of Polar Research, 1987) for scientific or educational users.
To make better use of the animal specimens, more than 2,000 items at present, we built a database which can search for appropriate specimens through images of each items for any particular purposes, scientific or educational. We hope this database will help understand the animal lives in polar regions. Even though the collection includes unidentified specimens or those with incomplete data, we would like to improve the collection with cooperation of related research fellows. We appreciate any comments on this database of animal specimens from polar regions at NIPR and enquiries should be addressed to Division of Biological Collection, National Institute of Polar Research.