On June 10th, 2014, I visited the National Institute of Biodiversity in San Jose, Costa Rica (INBio, Instituto Nacional de Biodiversidad) and worked with the spider collections. The main aim was sorting out specimens of the jumping spider genus Lyssmanes (Salticidae) for its further taxonomic study. It is a collaborative project with the INBio’s arachnologist Carlos Viquez.
INBio is a private non-profit organization, founded in 1989, that works on the inventory of Costa Rican biodiversity. This institution carries out research on microorganisms, plants, insects and other animals. Since its foundation, INBio has discovered more than 2,700 species new to science. The institution retains large natural history collections numbering 4-5 million specimens and thousands of species. Here are a few photos resulted from my visit to INBio.