Slime mould collection

Type specimen of the slime mould Badhimia foliicola

Type specimen of the slime mould Badhimia foliicola. Collected by Arthur Lister, together with his daughter Guillerma. Arthur Lister is the author of the book: A monograph of the Mycetozoa: a descriptive catalogue of the species in the Herbarium of the British Museum.

The Museum’s slime mould collection has a global scope and was the foundation for the book Monograph of the Myzetozoa by A and G Lister.


This monograph is one of the most important historic publications on slime mould taxonomy and biogeography and continues to be of major relevance.

Later significant additions were made with collections mainly from TJ Howard and C L Champion.


  • A and G Lister
  • T J Howard
  • C L Champion

Looking for a specimen?

The slime mould collection is being digitised

Senior curator

Dr Gothamie Weerakoon

Any questions?

If you would like to use any specimens for research, please get in touch


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.

Collections on the move

We have set out on an ambitious programme to develop a new science and digitisation centre. As we prepare for the move, access to some collections will be affected. 

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