At present, most new specimens are acquired as a result of on-going research projects at the department.
The type collection (specimens that were used for the description of new species and introduction of new scientific names) comprises about 7.000 lots.
Almost half of the collections in the Department of Invertebrate zoology are preserved in ethanol (70-80%) and kept in an underground storage. Animals with hard shells, tests or spicules etc., e.g. molluscs, corals and sponges, are also kept in the dry collection.
Many invertebrates are microscopic. Therefore a part of the collection is mounted on microscope slides, either as whole mounts or as serial sections.
The collections are being catalogued electronically since 1997 and since Aug 2004 the database is searchable via GBIF (Global Biodiversiy Information Facility).
More information about our collections
Loan policy at the NRM
Conditions of deposition of type material at the Department of Invertebrate Zoology
Storage for Alcohol Preserved Collections
Asteroidea Type Species Name
Ophiuroidea Type Species Name
Molluscan Research at The Department of Invertebrate Zoology
Emily Dock Åkerman