Images of specimens from Australia’s Natural History Collections

Images from Australia's Natural History collections made available by the museums and herbaria of Australia.
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South Australian Museum Terrestrial Invertebrate Collection

South Australian Museum

The collection has Australia-wide and Indo-Pacific representation, plus some world specimens for comparative purposes.

Australian National Insect Collection

Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation

The Australian National Insect Collection is recognized both nationally and internationally as a major research collection.

Museums Victoria Ornithology Collection

Museums Victoria

The Ornithology Collection contains more than 70 000 specimens of mounted birds, skins, skeletons, eggs and specimens preserved in alcohol. One of the largest Australian avian collections, primarily of Australian species and with a strong Victorian emphasis, it includes material from a broad spectrum of the world’s avifauna and represents in excess of 4000 species.

Australian Museum Entomology Collection

Australian Museum

In the insect (s.l.) collection, there is an emphasis is on the New South Wales fauna, although there are significant holdings from other states and regions.

Museums Victoria Entomology Collection

Museums Victoria

Primarily focused on the fauna of Victoria and south-eastern Australia, the insect and arachnid collections also contain material from around Australia and the rest of the world.

Australian Museum Marine Invertebrate Collection

Australian Museum

The Marine Invertebrate collections contain registered specimens, microscope slides, Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) preparations and photographic images.

Australian Museum Malacology Collection

Australian Museum

Malacology is the study of the group of animals called molluscs.

Museums Victoria Marine Invertebrates Collection

Museums Victoria

The Marine Invertebrates collection encompasses invertebrates with the exception of insects and spiders.

Australian Museum Herpetology Collection

Australian Museum

Two thirds of collection are reptiles, two thirds of which are lizards.

Australian Museum Ornithology Collection

Australian Museum

Specimens of rare and extinct Australian and international bird species.

Calder Chaffey Collection

Southern Cross University

Australian Museum Mammalogy Collection

Australian Museum

The Australian Museum Mammalogy collection is one of the most comprehensive collections of Australasian mammals in the world.

Australian Museum Ichthyology Collection

Australian Museum

As one would expect, the Fish Research Collection contains many adult and larval fish specimens.

Museums Victoria Mammalogy Collection

Museums Victoria

This major Australian collection encompasses more than 30,000 specimens, many relating to Victoria's history.

Queensland Museum Amphibians and Reptiles

Queensland Museum

Our herpetology collections include all reptile and amphibian species presently know to occur in Queensland.

Queensland Museum Birds

Queensland Museum

Our bird collection focuses on Queensland and Papua New Guinea regions, documenting an historical record of species distributions, past and present. Skin, skeleton and spirit collections dating back to the 1870s, including extinct species, provide a valuable reference resource for biological and ecological studies.

Museums Victoria Ichthyology Collection

Museums Victoria

The Ichthyology Collection is one of the oldest and most significant fish collections in Australia, representing 150 years of acquisition from a wide variety of sources and comprising some 36,000 lots and 350,000 specimens. It includes fishes (sharks, rays, chimaeroids, jawless and bony fishes) as well as representatives of the lancelets (primitive chordates belonging to the subphylum Cephalochordata).

Queensland Museum Fishes

Queensland Museum

Fishes are the most diverse of all the vertebrates.

Queensland Museum Molluscs

Queensland Museum

Queensland has extraordinarily high diversities of marine and terrestrial molluscs.

Queensland Museum Mammals

Queensland Museum

Our mammal collection focuses on Queensland and Papua New Guinea regions, documenting an historical record of species distributions, past and present. Skin, skeleton and spirit collections dating back to the 1870s provide a valuable reference resource for biological and ecological studies.