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shark jaws display

Five Facts: Megalodon

Five facts about… Megalodon Carcharocles megalodon, often just called megalodon, was the largest shark to ever live in our oceans. But what do we know about m...
These potatoes, a stem tuberous geophyte, were found in a grocery store in Harare, Zimbabwe, where they were being sold by the kilogram. Florida Museum photo by Cody Coyotee Howard

Five Facts: Geophytes

Five Facts about… Geophytes Every day, without even realizing it, you come into contact with geophytes. By just walking around the grocery store you pass by d...
drawer of sack-bearer moth specimens

Houses of silk, poop and plants: Meet the sack-bearer moths

Ryan St Laurent, a doctoral student at the Florida Museum's McGuire Center for Lepidoptera and Biodiversity, studies an obscure, strange family of moths known as Mimallonidae, or sack-bearer moths. As caterpillars, these insects make houses out of po...
eagle being prepared

#MuseumLife, Bald Eagle Specimen

Bald eagle Scientific name: Haliaeetus leucocephalus Specimen: UF-O-52443 Although bald eagles were on the brink of extinction due to habitat loss and impacts from DDT, their populations recovered sufficiently to be taken off the endangered sp...
Chinese wisteria

Five Facts: Wisteria in Florida

Five facts about… Wisteria in Florida Wisteria has become somewhat iconic in lush gardens in the Southeastern United States. In the spring, it’s easy to locat...
large clown knifefish

Florida Invasive Species: Clown Knifefish

The Clown Knifefish, Chitala ornata, is native to Indochina, but has been found in South Florida starting in the 1990s. It is established in Palm Beach and poss...
drawer of mussel shells

#MolluskMonday, Unionidae or river mussels

Unionidae is a family of freshwater mussels with a global range. There are about 300 recognized species in North America alone. They’re also called river mussels because most species live in rivers and creeks. Because most live in water that constant...
finished killdeer specimen

#MuseumLife, The Killdeer Specimen

Specimens are often donated to the Florida Museum by local residents and citizen scientists. If they hold scientific value or are important to a collection, the...