Invertebrate Zoology – FAQ

•Only collection in the world devoted solely to marine invertebrates of the Pacific Islands. Focus of the collection is primarily the Hawaiian Islands.

•Material in the collection represents over 100 years of scientific activity in the Hawaiian Islands and Pacific region, including specimens from a number of the earliest scientific expeditions in Hawai’i and the Pacific region: the Albatross (1888-1910), Tanager and Whippoorwill (1923-1924) and the Itasca (1935).

•Collection data provides a chronological history of species in Hawai’i, and therefore can be used to document the arrival of alien species to Hawai’i.

•Unique and important collections such as Hawaiian deepwater invertebrates from un­usual habitats including emerging volcanoes and submerged ancient coral reefs, shal­low-water reef invertebrates from the remote Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, and comprehensive collections of invertebrates, all of which are the basis for Bishop Museum’s scientific publication series “Reef and Shore Fauna of Hawaii”.

•Contains material collected and described by some of the most influential researchers of Hawaiian and Pacific biota, such as de Laubenfels (sponges), Vaughan (corals), Hartman and Brock (polychaetes), Devaney (echinoderms), and Edmondson (crustaceans), and from research organizations such as Hawaii Underwater Research Laboratory, National Marine Fisheries Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Navy Ocean Science Center, University of Hawaii, and Enewetak Biological Laboratory.