Arachnid collections


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The Museum's collection of Arachnida is wide-ranging, rich in type specimens and has a global range.



Looking for a specific specimen?

The Arachnid collection is being digitised


  • Araneae (spiders)                                               7,014
  • Amblypygi (whip spiders)                                         91
  • Uropygi (whip-scorpions)                                         50
  • Schizomida ('short-tailed’ whip-scorpions)              12
  • Palpigradi                                                                  3
  • Ricinulei (hooded tick spiders)                                 10
  • Acari (ticks and mites)                                        9,017
  • Opiliones (daddy long legs)                                1,036
  • Scorpiones (scorpions)                                          597
  • Pseudoscorpiones (false scorpions)                     364
  • Solifugae                                                               290  


Jan Beccaloni

Any questions ?

If you would like to use any specimens for research   

Unidentified material

There is a large amount of unidentified material which is likely to contain species not currently represented in the collection or possibly new to science.

If you would like to study any of the specimens in the below database and help us identify them, please contact the curator.

Material type


The collection is nearly all housed in alcohol.


 A few specimens of 

  • Araneae
  • Amblypygi
  • Uropygi
  • Acari
  • Opiliones
  • Scorpiones
  • Pseudoscorpiones
  • Solifugae

 Microscope slides

 A few specimens of 

  • Schizomida
  • Palpigradi
  • Ricinulei

Accessing the collections

Scientists and collections management specialists can visit the collections and borrow specimens for research.

Collections management

Our duty is to provide a safe and secure environment for all of our collections.