Natural History Museum, University of Oslo (O)

The collection consists of about 350,000 lichen specimens. We have important collections from Norway (120,000, fully computerized), Iceland, the Arctic (especially Greenland, Jan Mayen, Bear Island, Svalbard, and Novaya Zemlya), Macaronesia, and East Africa (especially Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda). The material includes, e.g., the collections of Mathias Numsen Blytt (1789-1862), Søren Christian Sommerfelt (1794-1838), Niels Green Moe (1812-1892), Johannes Musæus Norman (1823-1903; part), Bernt Lynge (1884-1942), Eilif Dahl (1916-1993), and Hildur Krog (1922-2014). So far about 1,500 lichen types have been identified.
Contact: Einar Timdal, curator of lichens (
Collection Type: Preserved Specimens
Management: Data snapshot of local collection database
Last Update: 19 November 2014
IPT / DwC-A Source:
Digital Metadata: EML File
Collection Statistics
  • 168,316 specimen records
  • 141,085 (84%) georeferenced
  • 162,702 (97%) identified to species
  • 119 families
  • 554 genera
  • 4,375 species
  • 4,564 total taxa (including subsp. and var.)
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