Collections - Arthropoda

Arachnology

Southern African spiders and scorpions form the largest part of the former Arachnology Department collections (approx. 6000 and 2500 respectively); but opilionids (approx. 1300), pseudoscorpions (approx. 500), ticks and mites (approx. 1400), and solifugids (approx. 600) are also well represented. Terrestrial isopods (approx. 200) and amphipods (approx. 1500) are curated along with the arachnids. The numbers in brackets represent the number of identified and catalogued specimen lots. This means there is a greater number of individual specimens as one specimen lot sometimes has as many as 6 to 10 specimens. Much of this material is from the indigenous forests of KwaZulu-Natal, and was collected and studied by Dr R. F. Lawrence who was based at the Natal Museum for more than 20 years. The collection includes more than 1000 type specimens.

The collection has been well studied and improved by local and foreign experts.
 

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