National Zoological Collection of Suriname/ Environmental Research Center (CMO)



The invertebrate collections are divided in alcohol and formalin preserved invertebrates, dry-pinned invertebrates, mainly terrestrial insects, and a  dry shell collection. Incorporated in these collections are the Van Regtenen Altena Mollusk collection and an Agricultural Pest Insect collection.

The estimated number of specimen holdings, preserved in different levels of curation, is

-    250.000 terrestrial invertebrates

-    100.000 miscellaneous insects

-    25.000 land arthropods

-    3500 aquatic invertebrates


Recent activities include the collecting of invertebrates at different Rapid Assesment Programs (RAPs). For more information see also Expeditions.


The Invertebrate division has also been very busy with projects, funded by other organisations, which goal was to study insects of medical importance.

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