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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...
Barbara Toomey has been a volunteer at the Florida Museum since 1986. Florida Museum photo by Roger Portell

Volunteer Barbara Toomey wins Katherine Palmer Award

The Paleontological Research Institution has awarded its annual Katherine Palmer Award to Florida Museum of Natural History volunteer Barbara K. Toomey for her work with the Invertebrate Paleontology Division. The award is presented to non-profess...
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 im...
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 locate as the flowers bloom in fragrant clusters of light purple to white along roadsides and u...
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 mussel...
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, these specimens are prepared by staff and entered into our collections. Over the course of ti...