IZIKO: Marine Invertebrate Collection (1900-2011)

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06 July 2016
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The Iziko SA Museum’s marine invertebrate collection is one of the largest and most comprehensive in Africa, and as such is an important collection for marine invertebrate systematists. The collection comprises ~130,000 lots of specimens (including un-accessioned material). Eleven hand-written catalogues exist for marine invertebrates dating back to 1871 and includes 76,184 entries.

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Occurrence; Specimen


Wayne Florence
  • Originator
  • Point Of Contact
Data manager
Iziko South African Museum
Iziko South African Museum, PO Box 61
8000 Cape Town
Western Cape
Fhatani Ranwashe
  • User
Data Technician
Private Bag X7, Kirstenbosch
7735 Claremont
Western Cape
Fhatani Ranwashe

Geographic Coverage

marine localities

Bounding Coordinates South West [-65, -76], North East [71, 176]

Taxonomic Coverage

Marine invertebrates

Phylum Acanthocephala, Annelida, Arthropoda, Brachiopoda, Bryozoa, Cephalorhyncha, Chordata, Cnidaria, Coelenterata, Ctenophora, Dinoflagellata, Echinodermata, Echiura, Granuloreticulosa, Hemichordata, Myzozoa, Nematoda, Nemertea, Nemertine, Pantopoda, Phoronida, Platyhelminthes, Pogonophora, Porifera, Pycnogonida, Rotifera, Sipuncula

Temporal Coverage

Start Date / End Date 1900-01-01 / 2011-01-01