Arachnology Collection

The Arachnology Collection comprises spiders, scorpions, mites and ticks as well as incorporating the myriapods (centipedes and millipedes).

It contains approximately 50 000 specimens, with a primary focus on Victoria and south-eastern Australia, but also holds arthropods from the rest of the country and selected parts of the rest of the world.

The collection is of high significance particularly through the LSG Butler Collection of Australian spiders, Lidth de Jaude Collection of Arthropods, and the ABRS Collection of Australian watermites, all of which contain many Holotypes and rare species.

Significant historical additions have been made from large expeditions such as the 1894 Horn scientific expedition to Central Australia (an area resurveyed by the museum in 1994–2000) as well as several Antarctic and subantarctic expeditions.

Significant items

  • LSG Butler Collection of Australian spiders.
  • Lidth de Jaude Collection of Arthropods.
  • ABRS Collection of Australian watermites.
  • Extensive freshwater and terrestrial survey collections underpinning major Victorian environmental studies.
  • Scientific and taxonomic research.
  • Identifications for venom research.
  • Pest identification.
  • AQIS quarantine identifications.

Last updated 24 September 2007