Research collections of the Zoological Museum

Research collections of the Zoological Museum

The earliest acquisitions of research collections obtained by the museum and currently stored in it are dated by the beginning of the 19th century: these were a small number of shells and corals that survived the Moscow fire of 1812, they are not properly labeled and have only a historical value. The total amount of our collection, according to a very rough estimate, can reach 10 million specimens, most of them are insects and other invertebrates. Currently, the museum has the largest collection of spiders (about 300,000 specimens), harvest mites, or chiggers (about 1,500 preparations) and mammals (about 200,000 specimens). There are about 150,000 specimens of birds, 25,000 specimens of fish, and about 23,000 specimens of amphibians and reptiles.

The electronic cataloging of collections has been started in the late 2000s. To date, the museum's collection database contains information about 5,300 type specimens of the taxa of species/subspecies group stored in the museum, most of the specimens in the “dry” ornithological collection (more than 132,000 specimens), and the data on some other major groups. The digitalization of collection catalogs will continue, but for now, the relevant information about collection specimens can only be obtained from their curators.

Completing electronic cataloging has been carried out since 2009 through the use of the museum's own funds, in 2015-2018 also with the financial support from the Russian Foundation for Basic Research (project "Creation and placement on the Internet of an electronic integrated database on the scientific type collection of the Zoological Museum of Moscow State University as a key information resource for studying species diversity of multicellular animals", lead by I.Y. Pavlinov) and from the Russian Science Foundation (the project "Scientific foundations for the creation of the National Depository Bank of Living Systems", lead by V.A. Sadovnichiy), and in 2022 with using some equipment obtained under the Development Program of Moscow State University.

How to search for the information you are interested in. If you want to find a specimen from the museum collection, click on the link "Search by specimen" below. On the opened page, you can search for specimens by taxonomic allocation and/or by certain data types (dates, collectors, etc.).
If you are interested in the nomenclatural types, follow the link "Search by nominal taxon".