WWII and the introduction of Barnacles

I came across a group of specimens in a box, with a starry label on the glass reading ‘Little Grebe’. As a Grebe is a type of bird, I was slightly confused by this. I decided to look into whether this was relating to the specimen, and found a piece of paper in the box…

Barnacles and sponges

Barnacles are also part of the Crustacea subphylum. The only time I have been exposed to and/or looked into the detail of barnacles was on a Marine Biology field course to Millport, Scotland in June 2012. I studied the Chthalmus genus of barnacle, and their orientation to the coast. Below is a photograph I took…

Chelicerata Vs. Crustacea

The horseshoe crab, scientific name Limulus polyphemus (Linnaeus, 1758), is part of the chelicerata subphylum not the crustacea. There is a species of this amongst the crustacean the collection here at the Manchester Museum, which is what lead me to research more into this subphylum. Differences which set chelicerata apart from crustaceans include chelicerata having…

The process of updating nomenclature

When updating the nomenclature of specimens at the museum, I must read many articles and check catalogues and checklists to find the correct combination of genus and species, as well as the higher classification of each specimen. There are many ‘easy’ specimens, which are listed in many checklists and I can be sure they are…

Mass aggregation saves the day

Whilst going throught the Crustacean collection here at the museum, I have come across a rather interesting species, scientific name Leptomithrax gaimardii, common name the giant spider crab. I like to look into the species that I am describing to gather some history about them, but also to make sure I’ve got the right name…

Identifying Crustaceans

Originally posted on Beach Chair Scientist:
Ever know instinctively that some animals are ‘related’ and just can’t pinpoint their similarities? On the third day of every month I explain three features that are common among three animals of a certain group. Of course, generally each group has more than three representatives and even  many more…

Full Time Placement!

Hi, long time no see I know! I’m back now and am starting a full time placement in the Entomology department at the Manchester Museum, where I will be completing my work on the Crustacea collection. To kickstart the blogging momentum (it seems so hard to get going but once I’m posting I can’t stop!),…

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…