Request Sample Identification

If you wish to send us material for species identification, please contact us directly or fill in the Request Sample Identification Form. This form is meant to provide us with details of your sample(s) and the context of your application. It will allow us to evaluate your request in the scope of BopCo and to decide whether the request is eligible and if so, how best to proceed. Since the suitable identification method as well as potential associated costs depend on various criteria, we would like to ask you to fill in the form as completely as possible. After receiving the identification request we will get back to you as soon as possible to inform you about what BopCo potentially can do for you.


Samples sent to BopCo for identification may involve, for example, whole specimens, body parts and fresh, dried or processed tissues. If necessary, we can offer you instructions on how to preserve and ship your sample(s). However, the state and quality of the samples is likely to influence downstream procedures (e.g. DNA extraction) and we therefore advise to send in samples which are as fresh as possible to ensure DNA integrity.

Identification Report

The output of each identification request is a report containing the identification of the sample(s), details on the identification procedure, the DNA barcoding sequence(s) if requested, and  relevant background information.

Scratchpads developed and conceived by (alphabetical): Ed Baker, Katherine Bouton Alice Heaton Dimitris Koureas, Laurence Livermore, Dave Roberts, Simon Rycroft, Ben Scott, Vince Smith