Other Invertebrate Phyla

sea star on a beach, with empty mussel shell
Often called “ starfish ,” sea stars aren’t fish at all. They’re invertebrates: animals that have no backbone. Sea stars have the ability to regenerate. If a fish bites off a sea star’s arm, it can grow a new one!
Starfish, ©Philippe Clement/AGE Fotostock

Below is a taxon list of our "Other Invertebrate Phyla" collections.

To request a loan of specimens in these groups or schedule a visit to these collections, please complete the Loan/Visitation Request Form.

Visitation request must be submitted to the curator-in-charge of the collection at least two weeks prior to your anticipated arrival date.

Donors, please refer to the Invertebrate Zoology policies regarding the deposition of material.

Check out our NSF-funded DigIn[vertebrates) project to image and database our marine invertebrate collection!

Curator-in-Charge: Estefania Rodriguez ([email protected])

Collections Assistant: Lily Berniker

  • Acanthocephala
  • Brachiopoda
  • Bryozoa
  • Chaetognatha
  • Chordata
  • Crustacea
  • Ctenophora
  • Echinodermata
  • Echiura
  • Entoprocta
  • Gastrotricha
  • Gnathostomula
  • Hemichordata
  • Mesozoa
  • Nematomorpha
  • Nemertea
  • Onychophora
  • Placozoa
  • Platyhelminths
  • Porifera
  • Rotifera
  • Sipuncula
  • Tardigrada