The Importance of Museums to Zoologists

Hi!¬†Been very busy recently so a big sorry for not posting for a while, I have been working on a short film to promote the Manchester Museum, and show the work I do behind the scenes as a museum volunteer. I aim to show Zoologists¬†like me how important the museum is to their education. The…

Minibeasts & Me

On Saturday 28th April, there was a “minibeasts & me” event at the Manchester Museum, where all different departments from the museum came together to show the public what the museum is really about. There were people eating locusts dipped in chocolate, kids holding cockroaches, stick insects and millipedes, and one table displayed fossilised termites…

Crab species of Manchester Museum

1. Halimus truncatipes – Found in low intertidal, rock reefs of Australia. [Davie, P.J.F. (2002) Zoological Catalogue of Australia, CSIRO, Volume 19, p306] 2. Hyas araneus , or the Great Spider Crab, can reach a length of 11-12 cm and is usually brown. This species has characteristic hooks on both sides of the head to…

Singing Ghost Crabs

This was going to be coming up later in the week, but couldn’t wait to share it once I read its label. The original beholder has noted that this cool crab used differently surfaced ridges to produce different tones of sound. Makes you wonder what they’re saying to eachother behind our backs! Ocypoda refers to…

The Sorting Hat

Above shows a piece of The Daily Mail newspaper used as stuffing for one of the specimen boxes, dated June 24, 1908. At the time I’m sure this was just an un-important, unused piece of newspaper but the history it shows now is very interesting! I will be updating this blog on a weekly basis,…

A day in the life of a taxonomist

I know I can’t really call myself a taxonomist yet, seeing as I’ve only been doing this volunteer job 2 weeks and to be honest know very little about taxonomy (this is something I hope to learn a lot about through this project), but I thought I’d give you a glimpse of the wonders a…

Feminine side

Crustaceans have a feminine side too! Here is a tiny specimin sat on a lovely pink bit of padding!! Photographed on top of the old register which I use to check for specimens identity.

Getting Started

I have started a project in the Entomology Department of my local museum, sorting through their specimens of crustaceans with the aim of sorting and ordering them, cataloguing them into a database and reviewing and renewing all nomenclature of the specimens to a modern standard. The project is huge – over 500 specimens which, for…