Collections

A 53-inch blanket octopus washed ashore in Wilbur-by-the-Sea on Wednesday in remarkably good condition. Photo courtesy of Michael Brothers, Marine Science Center

Rare blanket octopus added to museum collection

A remarkably well-preserved blanket octopus washed ashore in Wilbur-by-the Sea Wednesday morning, offering “a rare glimpse of an animal that can’t easily be observed or collected,” said John Slapcinsky, invertebrate zoology collections manager at the...
Herbarium specimen sheets

What is a Herbarium?

Many folks seem to be under the mistaken impression that a herbarium is a place where herbs are grown. Herbarium specimen sheet, Sedum. Images by Florida Museum & University of Florida Herbarium Actually, it’s a collection of plant specime...
A male (top) and female coastal darter (Etheostoma colorosum).

Florida fishes book features live photos

Freshwater fishes in Florida are getting a close-up 60 years in the making. Florida Museum of Natural History ichthyologists have written a new book, “Fishes...
comparing butterfly wings

Worker bees behind the scenes

Lab technicians instrumental in daily research operations As a vegan and animal lover, lab technician Samantha Epstein had always envisioned a future working w...
video screen shot, Verity Mathis on Florida panthers

Mammal collections and the Florida panther (Watch)

Verity Mathis, mammal collections manager at the Florida Museum of Natural History, discusses the importance of mammal collections and the significance of the endangered Florida panther specimens within the collection. More UF Explore Research vide...
Amber collection

World’s oldest chameleon

Fossils preserved in amber provide evolutionary history These ancient amber fossils from Myanmar in Southeast Asia provide a look at “missing links” in the ev...