Contains herpetology, mammal, fish, marine invertebrate collections among others


  1. South Australian Museum Arachnology Collection The Arachnology Collection at the South Australian Museum contains around 300,000 specimens in these groups as well as many centipedes and millipedes (Myriapoda).
  2. South Australian Museum Australian Biological Tissue Collection The Australian Biological Tissue Collection (ABTC) was the first frozen tissue collection in any Australian museum and is one of the largest wildlife tissue collections in the world. This important collection encompasses most vertebrate groups as well as a broad representation of major invertebrate groups from Australia and surrounding regions...
  3. South Australian Museum Herpetology Collection Over 70,000 specimens have been registered in this collection, which has a particular emphasis on South Australian and arid zone fauna. A second major regional focus is Melanesia, especially the island of New Guinea (Papua New Guinea and Papua Province, Indonesia), with some 6,000 registered specimens. Most material is formalin-fixed and stored in 70% alcohol, with tadpoles stored in formalin...
  4. South Australian Museum Ichthyology Collection The fish collection is comprised of over eleven thousand registered lots. The collection has a strong regional focus with freshwater fishes of southern and central Australia and Southern Ocean marine fishes, including deep-sea species, well represented.
  5. South Australian Museum Mammalogy Collection There are over 24,000 specimens in this collection, including skulls, skins, skeletons, spirit specimens, photographs and frozen tissue. It includes over 1600 marine mammals and its comprehensiveness makes this collection the best of its kind in Australia...
  6. South Australian Museum Marine Invertebrates Collection The South Australian Museum holds one of the most significant historical collections of Australian molluscs in the world. The collections of Marine Invertebrates are the most diverse and complex of any collections in the Museum, currently represented by 23 phyla. Although some of these phyla are relatively small in terms of species numbers, about half are large, diverse groups...
  7. South Australian Museum Ornithology Collection This section houses over 55,000 registered and 6,000 unregistered specimens including skins, eggs, skeletons, nests and spirit collections. It has an excellent collection of South Australian species, both historical and recent, a large collection of stomach contents, which is used to determine diets, and an Australia wide collection of eggs...
  8. South Australian Museum Palaeontology Collection
  9. South Australian Museum Parasitology Collection The South Australian Museum houses the Australian Helminthological Collection (AHC), the foremost collection of Helminth parasites in Australia. Most specimens, stored permanently preserved on glass slides or in alcohol, are derived from Australian native vertebrates, but much material is from domestic and zoo animals, plus livestock...
  10. South Australian Museum Terrestrial Invertebrate Collection The collection has Australia-wide and Indo-Pacific representation, plus some world specimens for comparative purposes.

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Large mammal storage at the South Australian Museum

Photo courtesy of Denis Smith

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

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