Echinodermata and deuterostome invertebrates
The Natural History Museum holds a significant collection of deuterostome invertebrates, of which about 10% represents type material.
Echinoderm specialists who have worked with the Natural History Museum collection include David Dilwyn John, Ailsa Clark, Frank W.E. Rowe, Gordon Paterson and Andrew Smith.
A specimen of Asturias rubens Linneaus, 1758 acquired in 2019 was the first European echinoderm to have its genome sequenced.
- Asteroidea: 31,000 (wet, dry)
- Crinoidea: 9,500 (wet, dry)
- Echinoidea: 24,500 (wet dry)
- slides: 2,500
- Holothuroidea: 25,000 (wet, slides)
- Ophiuroidea: 170,000 (wet, dry)
- Urochordata: 35,000 (wet), 1,600 (slides)
- Cephalochordata: 7,500 (wet), 85 (slides)
- Hemichordata: 10,000 (wet), 1,450 (slides)
Important historical collections
- Carl Gottfried Semper Holothurian collection (1832-1893)
- F.J. Bell collection
- HMS Challenger (global oceanographic mission 1872-1876)
- HMS Discovery (Antarctic Investigations 1925-1928)
- IOS Discovery collections
- Terra Nova Expedition (Antarctica 1910-1913)
- John Murray Arabian Sea Expedition (1933-1934)
- Great Barrier Reef Lowe Isles Expedition (1928-1929)
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This collection is being digitised
We have set out on an ambitious programme to develop a new science and digitisation centre at Harwell Campus in Oxfordshire by 2026. As we prepare for the move, access to some collections will be affected.
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