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Invertebrate Zoology Collections

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Collection Amber Insects evolved at least 420 million years ago, and their story is beautifully recorded in the fossil record. Collection Annelida The museum has over 30,000 annelid specimens in about 5,500 lots, variously preserved in ethanol or on slide mounts. Collection Arachnida: Araneae The world's largest collection of spiders, with well over a million specimens and over 4,000 primary types. Article Arachnida: (non-spider) & Myriapoda AMNH has the second-largest collection of scorpions, and the largest collection of minor arachnid orders in North America. Collection Cnidaria The Cnidaria collection includes approximately 4,500 catalogued lots that represent both main cnidarian clades. Article Coleoptera The Coleoptera collection includes about two million beetles representing most of the coleoptera families. Collection Crustacea The AMNH Crustacea collection consists of approximately 10,000 catalogued specimens. Article Diptera The Diptera comprise the most ecologically diverse order of insects, and our collection has approximately 1.4 million specimens. Collection Hemiptera The AMNH Hemiptera collection. Article Hymenoptera Apoidea   Article Hymenoptera non-Apoidea Article Isoptera ISOPTERA (TERMITES) and their PROTIST SYMBIONTS Termites are one of the most ecologically important groups of terrestrial life, particularly... Article Lepidoptera   Article Mollusca Scientific Assistant: Sarfraz Lodhi Article Other Insect Orders Taxon Curator-in-Charge Contact Info   Other Invertebrate Phyla   Article Protists Scientific Assistants: Apurva Narechania, Ashley Yang