Ghent University - Zoology Museum - Vertebrate collection

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The Ghent University Zoological museum holds a scientific collection of vertebrate and invertebrate specimens and a collection of anatomic preparates. The museum dates from 1817 and the original idea was to curate a didactic collection for educational purposes. Ghent University Zoology Museum curates a vertebrate collection of over 6000 specimen. the vertebrate collection is divided in a "Comparative anatomy collection" of about 2000 specimen. A valuable historic collection of Professor Felix. Plateau and several smaller historic collection. Some specimens were bought or donated by the Antwerp Zoo. Some of the specimens belonged to animals living in the Ghent zoo which closed in 1905

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GBIF Registration

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Occurrence; Specimen; Museum


Dominick Verschelde
  • Originator
  • Point Of Contact
Dimitri Brosens
  • Metadata Provider
  • Originator
Research Institute for Nature and Forest (INBO) / Belgian Biodiversity Platform

Geographic Coverage

Global coverage!

Bounding Coordinates South West [-90, -180], North East [90, 180]

Taxonomic Coverage

Vertebrates collection of Ugent!

Subphylum Vertebrata

Collection Data

Collection Name Museum voor dierkunde - Vertebraten collectie
Specimen preservation methods Alcohol,  Dried,  Mounted,  Formalin

Additional Metadata

Alternative Identifiers 0310b080-ec4b-11dc-b73e-b8a03c50a862