Description

The Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory (MAGNT) Annelid Collection comprises about 27,000 lots of registered specimens, including 71 holotypes and 223 paratype lots.

The Polychaete marine bristle worms are by far the best represented group, but the collection also includes earthworms and leeches (Clitellata).

The Polychaete collection has representatives from marine and estuarine areas throughout Northern Australia, in particular Darwin Harbour, Bing Bong (MacArthur River) and Gove.

Other areas well represented in the collection are North Western Australia, tropical Queensland, Papua New Guinea and the Timor and Coral Seas.

The section can provide expert identification of Polychaetes and loans and exchanges of specimens to bona fide researchers.

The collection was established in 1981 and continues to the present.

Taxonomic range

The main focus of the collection is the Polychaete marine bristle worms. Other worm-like phyla are also held at the MAGNT, including Echiura (spoon worms), Sipuncula (peanut worms), Chaetognatha (arrow worms), Enteropneusta (acorn worms), Nemertea (ribbon worms), Nematoda (round worms), Phoronida, Platyhelminthes (flat worms) and Priapulida.

Kingdoms covered include: Animalia.

Geographic range

Northern Australia, in particular Darwin Harbour, Bing Bong (MacArthur River) and Gove. Other areas well represented in the collection are north-western Australia, tropical Queensland, PNG and the Timor and Coral Seas.

Australian states covered include: Northern Territory.

Number of specimens in the collection

The estimated number of specimens in the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory Annelid Collection is 28,000.

Of these 27,000 are databased. This represents 96.4 % of the collection.

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Metadata last updated on 2017-01-09 19:09:32.0

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Spaghetti Worm: Loimia ochracea

MAGNT

Location

19 Conacher Street
Bullocky Point, Darwin
Northern Territory 0820
Australia

Contact

Mr Gavin Dally
Senior Collections Manager, Natural Sciences
phone: +61-(0)8-8999 8247
email this contact

Dr Chris Glasby
Senior Curator, Annelids
phone: +61-(0)8-8999 8108
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Membership

Member of Council of Heads of Australian Entomological Collections (CHAEC)

Member of Council of Heads of Australian Faunal Collections (CHAFC)

Digitised records available through the Atlas

The Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory Annelid Collection has an estimated 28,000 specimens.
The collection has databased 96.4 % of these (27,000 records).

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