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Zoology Collections

  Zoology Collections   

The zoology collections contain over 140,000 specimens representing mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish, insects, and mollusks. The museum's collections of vertebrate skeletons and fresh water mollusks are among the most extensive of their type in the U.S. They include large series for many Midwestern species and constitute one of the best comparative collections in the country for the identification of animal remains from archaeological, paleontological, and contemporary forensic contexts.

  ISM Collections Online: Zoology   

Image from Butterfly and Moth (Lepidoptera) Collection Introduction
Butterfly and Moth (Lepidoptera) Collection Introduction
Introductory and educational text for the Butterfly and Moth Collection


Image from Dragonfly (Odonata) Collection Introduction
Dragonfly (Odonata) Collection Introduction
Introductory educational text to the Dragonfly Collection


Entomolgy Research
The Illinois State Museum has an active research program in Entomology. The strengths of the program include research on Lepidoptera (butterflies and moths) and Odonata (dragonflies and damselflies) of Illinois and the Midwestern United States.


Image from Fresh Water Mussel Collection
Fresh Water Mussel Collection
Introduction to fresh-water mussel shells from the ISM collections and mussel gallery.


Image from Spider Collection Introduction
Spider Collection Introduction
Introductory educational text to the spider collection


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