Primary strengths of the Division of Invertebrate Zoology
include large holdings of Western Atlantic invertebrates — deepwater
forms, corals and other reef-dwelling animals from tropical localities,
Bermuda invertebrates, and a worldwide collection of sponges —
represented not only by recently acquired specimens, but also by a
strong historical component dating to the late 1800s. The entire
holdings of the Invertebrate Zoology Division approach 300,000 lots,
representing approximately 3 million individuals, thousands of which
are the type specimens of species new to science.
Two notable mergers have greatly contributed to the significance and size of the invertebrate holdings:
Yale Peabody Museum’s collections are available to legitimate
researchers for scholarly use. Loans are issued to responsible
individuals at established institutions. Loans and access to the
collection can be arranged through the Collections Manager.
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