The Brain Coral
The Zoology Collections at the Hunterian Museum represent most of the
major groups of animals but with particular strength in the insects.
Of the 600,000 specimens, 90% are insects. The historical core of the
collection is William Hunter’s natural history material of which
shells, insects and corals survive today. Important additions to entomology
were made by the acquisition of the extensive JJFX King (1923) and T.G.
Bishop (1933) collections. University staff in the Department of Zoology
added significant material in the areas of economic, medical and regional
Outwith the entomology collections, and reflecting its growth as a University
teaching and reference collection, there is broad coverage of the animal
kingdom with good mammalian osteology and a spirit collection of several
thousand specimens representing mainly invertebrates and the lower vertebrates.
Other notable study collections include John Graham Kerr’s South
American lungfish, local Mollusca, Himalayan bird skins and the Hansell
collection of animal artefacts (bird and insect nests and other constructions).