Description

The collection has Australia-wide and Indo-Pacific representation, plus some world specimens for comparative purposes.

The collection comprises 1200000 pinned specimens, 450000 specimens in spirit and 20000 slides. There are 8670 holotypes, of which 5000 are from the A.M. Lea beetle collection. There are 23000 other types. Primary types are held in the general body of the collection. In summary, the entomological collections Class Insecta comprise 662 Australian families and 85,961 known Australian species.

The arachnological collections comprise spiders (50000 specimens in alcohol), mites (25000 slide mounts and 20000 specimens in alcohol), scorpions (5000 specimens in alcohol) and myriapods.

Taxonomic range

All orders of insects and arachnids (s.l.).

Kingdoms covered include: Animalia.

Number of specimens in the collection

The estimated number of specimens in the South Australian Museum Terrestrial Invertebrate Collection is 1,770,000.

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Metadata last updated on 2015-11-10 16:48:02.0

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Location

North Terrace
Adelaide
South Australia 5000
Australia

Contact

Dr Peter Hudson
Collection Manager, Entomology
phone: +61-8-8207-7503
phone: +61-8-8207-7222
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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 South Australian Museum Terrestrial Invertebrate Collection has an estimated 1,770,000 specimens.

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