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The University of Georgia Collection of Arthropods (UGCA) serves as the official state repository of insects and other non-marine arthropods. The Collection is part of the UGA Department of Entomology and the Georgia Museum of Natural History. 
Georgia is the third largest state in the eastern U.S. with 58,910 square miles spanning five major physiographic provinces (Appalachian Plateau, Ridge and Valley, Blue Ridge, Piedmont and Coastal Plain) and two climatological zones (subtropical and temperate). These large-scale biological and physical patterns support a tremendous amount of arthropod diversity.

Many smaller, unique areas also contribute to the biological richness of the state. For example, large granite outcroppings such as Stone Mountain (750,600 acres) provide unusual conditions which support endemic species. The Okefenokee Swamp offers 600 square miles of wetlands, scrub, prairie, and forests of moss-draped cypress, black gum and holly trees. The barrier islands of coastal Georgia include some of the most pristine habitats of their kind, with over two-thirds of the islands designated as parks, refuges or preserves. Mountains in the north (e.g., Brasstown Bald, elev. 4,784’) provide isolated patches, “islands,” of boreal forest which are likely to harbor endemic arthropods. By encompassing the southern limit of two provinces (Blue Ridge and Piedmont), Georgia represents a significant region for biogeographical studies of North America.

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