Invertebrates (animals without backbones) make up the majority of animals on Earth, with many millions of species exploiting the sky, sea, land…and even the insides of other animals. Find out about the good, the bad and the ugly, as we reveal the little-known worlds of some of these fascinating creatures.
Rotate a stunning glass model of a radiolarian, a type of plankton, created in the 19th century by the famous artisans Leopold and Rudolf Blaschka and view more of their exquisite models in our slideshow.
Find out about the marine worm Osedax mucofloris (which means bone-eating snot-flower) that was found in one of the best-studied marine environments on the planet, the shallow waters of the North Sea.
Watch the Natural History Museum's scientists at work, preparing the 8.62m-long giant squid for storage, in this video.
The Chinese mitten crab is having a significant impact on our environment. Find out why, and how you can help scientists record their invasion.
There are at least 25 species of British earthworm. Would you be able to tell them apart? Browse images of some of the more common ones and find out why they are so good for soil.
Find out how you can help scientists learn more about the distribution of British earthworm species and the soil they live in.
Zoom in on stunning magnified images of mites and come face to face with the creepy crawlies sharing your home.
Take a look at the cutting-edge technology that allows scientists to study specimens, like this mite, without having to dissect or damage them, and learn more about our mite research.
Use our illustrated key to identify sea urchins and their relatives and explore how they live, along with a brief history of the group.
Rotate our virtual specimen jar, and view brachiopods collected during the HMS Challenger expedition from 1872 to 1876.
A. haemastoma is a large and beautiful snail only found in Sri Lanka. Take a 360 degree look by rotating our virtual object’s shell.
This simple key will help you to identify the woodlice that you are most likely to find.
Watch the video to find out why carbon dioxide emission levels need to be limited if we are to avoid the extinction of tropical coral reefs.
Barnacles are not only zoologically fascinating but are also economically important. Find out how and why with zoologist Phil Rainbow.