Invertebrate Collections

Invertebrates are very diverse. They can be found in nearly everywhere on earth. Apart of insects and their close relatives, most invertebrates live in freshwater and marine ecosystems. Therefore, the specimens are preferred to be persevered in solution, except for seashells and corals that can be stored without any preservatives.

Crustacean Collection

Curator: Asst.Prof.Dr.Vachira Lheknim and Rueangrit Promdam

Crustacean is a group of invertebrates with exoskeleton. They have segmented bodies and legs, similar to other terrestrial arthropods like insects, arachnids and millipedes. Crustaceans are mainly found in aquatic ecosystems, in particular marine ecosystems. In the collection, there are around 2,000 registered specimens from over 400 species of crustacean. Most of them were collected from peninsular Thailand.

Mollusc Collection

Curator: Asst.Prof.Dr.Vachira Lheknim and Rueangrit Promdam

Mollusc collection consists of two sections, namely wet specimens and seashells. For the wet specimens, they are stored in 70% ethanol in order to preserve the animal tissue. The specimens include clams, snails and squids and octopuses. In contrast, seashells can be kept in dry condition without need of preservative agents. Most of the mollusc specimens came from Peninsular Thailand.

Coral Collection

Curator:

Hard carbonate exoskeletons of coral are kept in dry condition. Most specimens were collected from Thai water, both Gulf of Thailand and Andaman Sea. There are approximately 200 species of coral in the collection.