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Working with zoological collections may require specific equipment, literature, and access to specially adapted facilities. Our resources are available for both staff and guest researchers.

X-ray facility

Bilden visar en röntgenbild av en Padda uppfirån, där skelettet syns tydligt och vävnaderna är genomskinliga. Zoom image

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With the help of our digital X-ray equipment, we can study skeletal structures in animals. Examples of other applications include locating ammunition remnants or other metal objects in animals that fall within the scope of state game. On the right, X-ray image of Blomberg's toad (Rhaebo blombergi).

Taxidermist Workshop

The taxidermist workshop is our facility for receiving, examining, and preparing dead birds and mammals.

You can find more information about our taxidermist workshop here.


The department has its own library with zoological literature, focusing on systematics, including a large number of specialized journals. Primarily, the zoological library is open to the department staff and guest researchers.

You can find more information about our zoological research library here.


In the department's archives, there are historic catalogs, journals, correspondence, diaries from collecting trips, and other documents related to the zoological collections. A few documents have been digitized as PDF files. Most of the department's archives are now stored in the museum's central archive, but some parts that are frequently used in the work with the collections remain locally.

Digital Resources

All databased zoological items become searchable on the museum's web portal for collections. Digitization of both older items and newly acquired material is an ongoing process, and the portal is continuously updated.

Please visit museum's web portal to search our collections (opens in a different webpage) External link.

Museum catalogues

For some animal groups we have webbased inventory lists that are useful although not entirely updated.

Coleoptera (beetles) External link.

Lepidoptera (butterflies and moths) External link.

Hemiptera (true bugs, leafhoppers etc) External link.


FishBase is the world's largest online encyclopedia about fish, freely accessible online. FishBase was founded in 1988 and has 13 member organizations including the Swedish Museum of Natural History.

You can read more about FishBase here.

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