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Echinoderm collection
Citation
MNHN - Museum national d'Histoire naturelle: Echinoderm specimens

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Description
The naturalist Jean-Baptiste Lamarck, one of the founders of the Theory of Evolution, was the first to really establish the collection of echinoderms at the Paris Museum. The number of lots is estimated at 500,000, of which 0.4% are types. Echinoderms have been collected in all oceans, at all latitudes. The largest numbers of specimens were collected relatively recently in the Indo-West Pacific more

The aim is to provide a general view of the echinoderm collection of the Paris Museum, which is primarily a scientific collection. There are both dry and alcohol-preserved lots. Some sea cucumber specimens are preserved as microscopic preparations on slides. Echinoderms live exclusively in marine waters and at all depths. For 25 years intensive research programs have permitted huge collections to be obtained, especially from the Indo-Pacific and Antarctic regions. Most of the data entered so far are from these regions.

Scope
Themes:
Biology > Invertebrates
Keywords:
Marine, Museum collections, ISW, Indian Ocean, IW, West Pacific, World, Echinodermata

Geographical coverage
ISW, Indian Ocean [Marine Regions]
IW, West Pacific [Marine Regions]

Taxonomic coverage
Echinodermata [WoRMS]

Parameter
Collected biological specimens

Contributors
National Natural History Museum Paris (MNHN), moredata owner

Related datasets
Published in:
EurOBIS: European Ocean Biogeographic Information System, more

Dataset status: In Progress
Data type: Data
Data origin: Museum collection
Metadatarecord created: 2011-12-19
Information last updated: 2015-12-24
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