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The echinoderm collection (IE) of the Muséum national d'Histoire naturelle (MNHN - Paris)
MNHN - Museum national d'Histoire naturelle: Echinoderm specimens
Contact: Ameziane, Nadia

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The aim is to provide a general view of the echinoderm collection of the Paris Museum, which is primarily a scientific collection. 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. There are both dry and alcohol-preserved lots. Some sea cucumber specimens are preserved as microscopic preparations on slides. 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

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.

Biology > Invertebrates
Marine/Coastal, Museum collections, EurOBIS calculated BBOX, ISW, Indian Ocean, IW, West Pacific, World, Echinodermata

Geographical coverage
EurOBIS calculated BBOX Stations
Bounding Box
Coordinates: MinLong: -179,9527; MinLat: -71,1 - MaxLong: 179,9922; MaxLat: 77,0167 [WGS84]
ISW, Indian Ocean [Marine Regions]
IW, West Pacific [Marine Regions]
World [Marine Regions]

Taxonomic coverage
Echinodermata [WoRMS]

Collected biological specimens

National Natural History Museum Paris (MNHN)data ownerdata creator
Ameziane, Nadia
Soubzmaigne, Sébastien
Lozouet, Pierre
Eleaume, Marc
Museums Victoria
O'Hara, Tim

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EurOBIS: European Ocean Biodiversity Information System, more

Dataset status: In Progress
Data type: Data
Data origin: Museum collection
Metadatarecord created: 2011-12-19
Information last updated: 2017-08-11
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