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Between 1981 and 1997, the marine mollusc collection of the KwaZulu-Natal Museum was expanded significantly in the number and diversity of specimens. This was mostly because of the hard work by Dick Kilburn and Dai Herbert, who led the Natal Museum Dredging Programme during this period. This programme identified about 250 marine mollusc species, which were previously unknown to science! This sizeable contribution resulted in the KwaZulu-Natal Museum mollusc collection ranking as top five largest collections in the Southern Hemisphere and one of the more scientifically significant collections in the world.

At the beginning of this year, we dusted off these old dredges to rekindle the sampling for offshore molluscs along the KwaZulu-Natal coast. Samples will be collected on the South African Institute for Aquatic Biodiversity marine platform, Phakisa. We will revisit the historical dredging stations to investigate changes in the mollusc community over time. Fresh material will be used in DNA analyses to improve our understanding of different mollusc groups and to contribute to the global DNA barcoding reference library. Non-molluscs collected during these trips will either be accessioned into the appropriate KZN museum collections or donated to relevant researchers and the Iziko Museum in Cape Town.

 

Sampling for molluscs during the Natal Museum Dredging Programme, 1981 – 1997.

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First test run of the historical dredges on the research vessel, Phakisa.

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Win a Laptop and Smartphone for Youth Month Every year on 16th of June South Africa commemorates the 1976 Soweto uprising to honour the learners wh...

Terms and Conditions - Youth Month Competition

KWAZULU-NATAL MUSEUM YOUTH MONTH COMPETITION 2020 - T&C's KwaZulu-Natal Museum is running Youth Month Competition 2020. Below are the official Terms...

Africa Day Social Media Competition

To celebrate Africa Day the KZN Museum ran a social media competition on Facebook to promote the National Flags of African countries. Members of the...

Happy Africa Day

𝗔𝗳𝗿𝗶𝗰𝗮 𝗠𝗼𝗻𝘁𝗵: 𝗦𝗲𝗮𝘀𝗵𝗲𝗹𝗹𝘀 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗶𝗿 𝗶𝗺𝗽𝗼𝗿𝘁𝗮𝗻𝗰𝗲 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗰𝗼𝗻𝘀𝗲𝗿𝘃𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗼𝗳 𝗔𝗳𝗿𝗶𝗰𝗮𝗻 𝗯𝗶𝗼𝗱𝗶𝘃𝗲𝗿𝘀𝗶𝘁𝘆 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗳𝗶𝘀𝗵𝗲𝗿𝗶𝗲𝘀 𝗺𝗮𝗻𝗮𝗴𝗲𝗺𝗲𝗻𝘁. 𝑊ℎ𝑒𝑛 𝑤𝑒 𝑡ℎ𝑖𝑛𝑘 𝑜𝑓 𝑠𝑒𝑎𝑠ℎ𝑒𝑙𝑙𝑠 𝑜𝑢𝑟 ...

Celebrating Africa Month Through our Research

𝗖𝗲𝗹𝗲𝗯𝗿𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗔𝗳𝗿𝗶𝗰𝗮 𝗠𝗼𝗻𝘁𝗵 𝘁𝗵𝗿𝗼𝘂𝗴𝗵 𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗥𝗲𝘀𝗲𝗮𝗿𝗰𝗵   𝗞𝗻𝗼𝘄𝗹𝗲𝗱𝗴𝗲 𝗼𝗳 𝗔𝗳𝗿𝗶𝗰𝗮𝗻 𝗲𝗮𝗿𝘁𝗵𝘄𝗼𝗿𝗺𝘀 𝗶𝘀 𝗶𝗻𝗰𝗼𝗺𝗽𝗹𝗲𝘁𝗲, 𝗮𝘀 𝗮 𝗿𝗲𝘀𝘂𝗹𝘁, 𝗮 𝘀𝗼𝘂𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗿𝗻 𝗔𝗳𝗿𝗶𝗰𝗮𝗻 𝗰𝗿𝗼𝘀𝘀-𝗯𝗼𝗿𝗱𝗲𝗿 𝗽𝗿𝗼𝗷𝗲𝗰...

Biodiversity Day

International Day for Biological Diversity is celebrated worldwide with the aim to increase understanding and raise global awareness of issues relat...

Biodiversity Day - Insects and Dead Bodies

Biodiversity Day - Insects and Dead Bodies Insects that feed on dead and decomposing bodies can be used to determine how long those bodies have been ...

Biodiversity Day newspaper coverage

Our front page picture in the Witness for Biodiversity Day 2020    

Celebrating Africa Month Through our Collections 𝗦𝗶𝘆𝗮𝗯𝗼𝗻𝗴𝗮 𝗭𝗮𝗺𝗶𝘀𝗮 𝗶𝘀 𝗮 𝗗𝗮𝘁𝗮 𝗧𝗲𝗰𝗵𝗻𝗶𝗰𝗶𝗮𝗻 𝗶𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗗𝗲𝗽𝗮𝗿𝘁𝗺𝗲𝗻𝘁 𝗼𝗳 𝗡𝗮𝘁𝘂𝗿𝗮𝗹 𝗦𝗰𝗶𝗲𝗻𝗰𝗲𝘀 𝗮𝘁 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗞𝗭𝗡 𝗠𝘂𝘀𝗲𝘂𝗺. 𝗛𝗲 ...

Celebrating Africa Month Through our Collections

Celebrating Africa Month Through our Collections   𝗠𝗮𝘁𝗮𝗯𝗮𝗿𝗼 𝗭𝗶𝗴𝗮𝗻𝗶𝗿𝗮 𝗺𝗮𝗻𝗮𝗴𝗲𝘀 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗚𝗲𝗻𝗲𝗿𝗮𝗹 𝗖𝗼𝗹𝗹𝗲𝗰𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻𝘀 𝗰𝗼𝗺𝗽𝗿𝗶𝘀𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗼𝗳 𝘀𝗽𝗲𝗰𝗶𝗺𝗲𝗻𝘀 𝗳𝗿𝗼𝗺 𝘃𝗮𝗿𝗶𝗼𝘂𝘀 𝘁𝗮𝘅𝗮 𝘀...

IMD Newspaper Coverage

Our picture in the Witness for International Museum Day 2020  

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