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Department of Invertebrate Zoology

Sapphirina auronitens

A drawing by Giesbrecht (1892) of the Copepoda, Sapphirina auronitens Claus, 1863

A sample from the Invertebrate Zoology Department's collections

Within the Department of Invertebrate Zoology, scientists conduct original research on all 30 major invertebrate animal groups (phyla) of the world (except insects), and are stewards for the 35 million specimens of invertebrates that comprise the U.S. National Collection. The study of invertebrates offers great challenges and opportunities to contribute to the world's knowledge of these organisms.


Applications for the 2017 SI Fellowship Program Now OPEN
Deadline: Thursday December 1, 2016

#NPRWormWeek: Worms Are Bottled Up In The Smithsonian's Crawl Space

Launch of BOEM Maps: A geospatial tour of 40 years of collections

Washington Post highlight of the National Parasite Collection

Fellowship Announcement

Transfer of the US National Parasite Collection to IZ - Progress (Announcement)

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