Brian Hanich

Technical Officer, Entomology

Terrestrial Zoology

BSc Zoology


(08) 9212 3764


  • Manages the preserved and wet and dry collections of insects of around 500,000 dry specimens and estimated over 1,000,000 wet specimens.
  • Maintains and updates the electronic collection database.
  • Identifies and registers new acquisitions into the collection.
  • Organises specimen loans to Australian and international scientists.
  • Photographs preserved specimens for internet.
  • Manages collection access for external researchers and students.
  • Co-ordinates volunteer work on the collection.

Services (to other bodies):

  • Provides identifications to industry, other government departments and enquiries from the public.

Exhibitions and Public Programs

  • Derives new information and specimens from the collection for exhibitions.
  • Answers enquiries from scientists, students, the public, private organisations about taxonomy and biology relating to the relevant material within the WA Museum collection.

Selected Publications

Houston, T.F., Zhang, J. & Hanich, B.P. (2010). Diet of the flightless trogid beetle Omorgus rotundulus (Haaf) (Coleoptera: Trogidae) in the Little Sandy Desert of Western Australia. The Australian Entomologist 36(4): 207-212.