The Arachnology Collection comprises spiders, scorpions, mites and ticks as well as incorporating the myriapods (centipedes and millipedes).

It contains approximately 50,000 specimens, with a primary focus on Victoria and south-eastern Australia, but also holds arthropods from the rest of the country and selected parts of the rest of the world.

The collection is of high significance particularly through the LSG Butler Collection of Australian spiders, Lidth de Jaude Collection of Arthropods, and the ABRS Collection of Australian watermites, all of which contain many Holotypes and rare species.

Significant historical additions have been made from large expeditions such as the 1894 Horn scientific expedition to Central Australia (an area resurveyed by the museum in 1994–2000) as well as several Antarctic and subantarctic expeditions.

Taxonomic range

Kingdoms covered include: Animalia.

Number of specimens in the collection

The estimated number of specimens in the Museums Victoria Arachnology Collection is 50,000.

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The Museums Victoria Arachnology Collection contains these significant collections:

  • LSG Butler Collection of Australian spiders
  • Lidth de Jaude Collection of Arthropods
  • ABRS Collection of Australian watermites

Metadata last updated on 2018-06-22 11:53:14.0

Digitised records available through the Atlas

The Museums Victoria Arachnology Collection has an estimated 50,000 specimens.

No database records for this collection can be accessed through the Atlas of Living Australia.

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