With the Great Barrier Reef our most important marine biodiversity resource, the Queensland Museum has a strong focus on marine invertebrates, including sessile, free-living and parasitic species.

Much material has come from the CIDARIS Expeditions of the 1980s, the Great Barrier Reef Seabed Biodiversity Project 2003-2006 and more recent research-funded collecting along the eastern seaboard.

Terrestrial organisms are also represented, including the historical Josephine Mackerras collection from the former School of Tropical Medicine, Townsville.

Represented groups are:

  • one of the most important collections of ascidians (Tunicata) in the world with 224 primary types;
  • significant collection of Indo-west Pacific Bryozoa including 41 primary types;
  • recent additions of world-class collections of jellyfish (marine stingers, hydro- and cubomedusae);
  • Platyhelminthes (flatworms) including 839 primary types, with a focus on parasitic helminths;
  • Nematoda including 213 primary types, with a focus on parasitic forms;
  • Oligochaeta (earthworms) including 150 primary types;
  • Polychaeta (marine) including 13 primary types;
  • Echinodermata including 16 primary types;
  • Onychophora (velvet worms) including 10 primary types.

Taxonomic range

Kingdoms covered include: Animalia.

The Queensland Museum Other Invertebrates collection includes members from the following taxa:
Eumetazoa, Acanthocephala, Annelida, Braciopoda, Bryozoa, Cnidaria, Ctenophora, Echinodermata, Hemichordata, Nematoda, Nemertea, Onychophora, Platyhelminthes, Sipuncula and Tunicata..

Number of specimens in the collection

The estimated number of specimens in the Queensland Museum Other Invertebrates collection is 64,000.

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Digitised records available through the Atlas

The Queensland Museum Other Invertebrates collection has an estimated 64,000 specimens.

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