Field Museum of Natural History Invertebrates (FMNH-Invertebrate Zoology)

Established in 1938, the Division of Invertebrates is in charge of all invertebrate groups except insects and other non-marine arthropods. The first curator of this Division was Fritz Haas, formerly of the Senckenberg Museum in Frankfurt, Germany. Haas (1938 - 1969) and his successor Alan Solem (1957 - 1990) built massive mollusk collections, particularly strong in unionid bivalves and terrestrial snails, reflecting their respective research interests. Current curators Rüdiger Bieler (1990 -) and Janet Voight (1990 -) focus their research and collection-building on marine molluscan groups. The varied curatorial research interests, the collecting efforts of past and present collections managers (e.g., John Slapcinsky and Jochen Gerber), and acquisitions of private collections and "orphan collections"
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Collection Type: Preserved Specimens
Management: Data snapshot of local collection database
Last Update: 24 May 2017
Digital Metadata: EML File
Rights Holder: Copyright © 2012 The Field Museum of Natural History
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Collection Statistics
  • 250,401 specimen records
  • 35,167 (14%) georeferenced
  • 254 (0.1%) with images
  • 19 GenBank references
  • 131,787 (53%) identified to species
  • 971 families
  • 1,696 genera
  • 4,103 species
  • 4,103 total taxa (including subsp. and var.)
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