Arachnid and Myriapod Collection

Collections | Updated 3 months ago

The Museum’s Arachnid and Myriapods contains representatives of a wide variety of terrestrial arthropods, excluding insects and crustaceans, and other phyla. The majority are arachnids (spiders, scorpions, ticks, mites, etc.) and myriapods (millipedes and centipedes, etc.) with some smaller groups such as pycnogonids (sea spiders), horseshoe crabs, tardigrades (water bears) and onychophorans (velvet worms). The collection is chiefly from Western Australia but includes specimens from other Australian regions and elsewhere in the world.

Most specimens are stored in ethanol or slide-mounted. This collection serves primarily as a reference and research collection rather than for display.


Collection data from this collection is available online through the Atlas of Living Australia:

Number of items
ca. 160,000 registered lots, plus ca. 500,000 unregistered specimens