Glasgow Museums has a significant zoology collection of nearly 400,000 specimens. These date from 1775 to the present. This collection is numerically the largest component of Glasgow Museums’ collections. It is composed of approximately 46,000 vertebrates, including fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals, and 353,000 invertebrates, of which 200,000 are insects and 153,000 other invertebrates including molluscs, arthropods, echinoderms, corals and other smaller groups. Specimens in the collection originate from all over the world with an emphasis on the British Isles and Scotland in particular. They are preserved in a variety of forms, including microscope slides, pinned specimens, dried specimens, shells, skins, skeletons, eggs, mounted specimens and animals preserved in liquids, and there casts and glass models. There is also accompanying associated photographs and archive material. Key contributors to this collection include WB Manley, Thomas Gray, RB Scase, SP Dance, EH Bostock, AB Stewart, AG Cochrane and James Lumsden.
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