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Department of Invertebrate Zoology

At the Department of Invertebrate Zoology, research is carried out on the systematics and biology of invertebrates.

The department also maintains collections of a multitude of invertebrates, e.g., sponges, jelly fish, corals, different kinds of worms, gastropods, bivalves, cephalopods, crustaceans, seastars and sea urchins. A great part of these are in the storage for alcohol preserved collections.


Invertebrates are the animals lacking a backbone, i.e. all animals except the vertebrates. They do not constitute a uniform group, but comprise all of the approximately 30 different phyla (main groups) of the animal kingdom. All vertebrates have evolved within (only) one of these main groups, phylum Chordata. Invertebrates thus vary considerably with regard to body plans and life strategies.

Some invertebrates (insects, spiders and their relatives, and myriapods) are dealt with at the Department of Entomology.

The 12th International Symposium on Flatworm Biology (ISFB 2012) will be held at the Swedish Museum of Natural History, Stockholm Sweden 11-16 June 2012

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Photos: Philippe Bouchet