IMIS | Lifewatch regional portal

You are here


[ report an error in this record ] Print this page

The cnidarians collection (IK) of the Muséum national d'Histoire naturelle (MNHN - Paris)

Access data
Archived data
Availability: Creative Commons License This dataset is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

The collection of cnidarians, comprising about 80 000 lots, combines old specimens from all oceans. These specimens are preserved in either alcohol, dry, as slides, or in a separate herbaria for some hydroids and sea fans. more

The oldest specimens (1706-1707) of Hydroids and Octocorallia of the collection are preserved in herbaria made by Sébastien Vaillant. The story is revealed on the label and recalls the big names such as Peron and Lesueur; Savigny; Jean-Baptiste Lamarck; Quoy and Gaimard; Valenciennes; and H. Milne-Edwards and Haime. Generations of scientists have enriched the collection, thanks to naturalist expeditions like that of Egypt (1800-1804), Baudin on the western coast of Australia, the Astrolabe (1837-1840), and the two French Antarctic expeditions in early twentieth century. For forty years, various campaigns in the Atlantic (Thalassa, Biogas ...), the sub-Antarctic (on the Marion Dufresne), the Indo-Pacific (program MUSORSTOM / Deep-Sea Benthos), and the great expeditions (Santo, Vanuatu 2006, Guadeloupe 2012) made for the "Planet revisited" program, enriched the collection. Scientists donate collections made throughout their careers, as is the case of the collections of G. Faure, J. Laborel, M. Pichon, B. Salvat, H. Zibrowius ... Specimens sampled by J. Goy in the Mediterranean, Brazil, and Australia expanded the collection of Jellyfish.

Biology > Invertebrates
Marine/Coastal, Holotypes, Museum collections, World, Cnidaria

Geographical coverage

Temporal coverage
From 2 April 1900 on [In Progress]

Taxonomic coverage
Cnidaria [WoRMS]

National Natural History Museum Paris (MNHN), moredata creator

Dataset status: In Progress
Data type: Data
Data origin: Museum collection
Metadatarecord created: 2017-08-11
Information last updated: 2022-05-10
All data in the Integrated Marine Information System (IMIS) is subject to the VLIZ privacy policy