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may contain specimens and historical records that are culturally sensitive. Some records
may also include offensive language. These records do not reflect the Field Museum’s
current viewpoint but rather the social attitudes and circumstances of the time period
when specimens were collected or cataloged.
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when and how they were collected as well as how recently they were acquired. While
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some content may contain errors. We work with communities and stakeholders around the
world to interpret the collections in order to promote a greater understanding of global
heritage and, through consultation, will revise or remove information that is inaccurate
or inappropriate. We encourage and welcome members of communities, scholars,
and others to contact us to confirm or clarify data found here.
Welcome to the Invertebrate Zoology Collections Data
The Collection of Invertebrates contains all invertebrate groups except insects and other primarily terrestrial arthropods. The collections currently exceed 353,000 catalogued lots (= specimen series) with continuing growth. Research and collecting traditionally focused on the phylum Mollusca with more than 330,000 cataloged lots. Non-mollusk invertebrates are represented by ca. 13,000 cataloged lots with the Arthropoda (ca. 50%), Annelida (20 %), Echinodermata (8 %), Cnidaria (7%) and Porifera (5 %) best represented.