Taxonomic listing of zoological Discovery collections

Numbers of specimen jars and slides in the Discovery collection housed in the Zoology Department at the Natural History Museum, London. Foraminifera are the only organisms collected by the Discovery expeditions that are not listed here.

Table recreated from Rainbow (2005). Calcareous taxa are in bold.

Sponges  2,700
CnidariansSiphonophores701 
 Alcyonaceae133 
 Actinaria80 
 Hydromedusae80 
 Other medusae1,023 
 Other cnidarians (e.g. scleractinian corals)942 
  (total)2,959
Ctenophores  470
Polychaetes  876
Sipunculids  60
Echiurans  3
MolluscsCephalopods6,000 
 Heteropods970 
 Pteropods5,200 
 Other gastropods700 
 Bivalves320 
  (total)13,190
CrustaceansOstracods623 
 Calanoid copepods1,800 
 Euphausiids5,570 
 Other8,273 
  (total)16,266
Bryozoans  (2,323 slides)
Chaetognaths  2,304
EchinodermsOphiuroids400 
 Holothurians160 
 Others481 
  (total)1,041
Urochordates  1,158
Fish  3,043
Cetacean parts  (1,300 slides)
Plankton samples  26,542
    
Total specimen jars  70,612