Steinhardt Museum of Natural History (SMNHTAU) Vertebrates
Latest version published by The Steinhardt Museum of Natural History on 15 September 2021 The Steinhardt Museum of Natural History

The National Collections of Natural History at the Steinhardt Museum comprise over five million specimens that document nature over millennia, as well as the history and development of culture in the Levant region. This dynamic documentation is essential for a wide range of research topics in biology, archeology, and anthropology, as well as for applied research that supports a wide range of applied policy-relevant studies, primarily focused on agriculture and environmental conservation and health. Accordingly, the collections serve hundreds of scientists and professionals every year. Specimens are collected by the Museum’s scientists and their students in the course of their research. Birds and mammals are usually individuals that died in the wild and were collected by Israel Nature and Parks Authority rangers or from the wildlife hospital. Additionally, scientists from many other institutions transfer specimens or whole collections to our museum, to ensure their preservation for the benefit of science. Similarly, smaller museum collections and private collections are assimilated into the Steinhardt Museum collections in order to guarantee their preservation and make them accessible to the scientific community.

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Steinhardt Museum of Natural History, Tel Aviv, Vertebrate Collections


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Occurrence; Specimen


Who created the resource:

Yonatan Gur
Collections Database Manager
Steinhardt Museum of Natural History
Klausner 12
Tel Aviv

Who can answer questions about the resource:

Yonatan Gur
Collections Database Manager
Steinhardt Museum of Natural History
Klausner 12
Tel Aviv

Who filled in the metadata:

Yonatan Gur
Collections Database Manager
Steinhardt Museum of Natural History
Tel Aviv

Who else was associated with the resource:

David Bloom
VertNet Coordinator
John Wieczorek
Information Architect
Geographic Coverage

Emphasis on Israel, with additional collections from locations in North America, South America, Europe, Africa, and Asia.

Bounding Coordinates South West [25.165, 16.523], North East [44.088, 46.055]
Taxonomic Coverage

No Description available

Class  Aves,  Mammalia,  Reptilia,  Amphibia,  Actinopteri,  Actinopterygii,  Elasmobranchii,  Holocephali
Temporal Coverage
Start Date / End Date 1958-05-17 / 2019-12-19
Project Data

The Steinhardt Museum of Natural History houses the largest, most important collection of East Mediterranean vertebrates (marine and fresh water, desert and Mediterranean vegetation) in the world. It contains thousands of tissue samples of taxa: from geographic variants to species and higher taxa not represented anywhere else. This project aims to catalog these samples making our database compliant with GGBN data standards.

Title Digitizing the major vertebrate tissue collection in the Middle East
Funding This material is based upon work supported by the Global Genome Initiative under Award No. GGI-GGBN-2020-270
Study Area Description SMNH Collection

The personnel involved in the project:

Principal Investigator
Shai Meiri
Collection Data
Collection Name Aves
Collection Name Amphibia
Collection Name Pisces
Collection Name Reptilia
Collection Name Mammalia
Specimen preservation methods Alcohol,  Deep frozen
Additional Metadata

Alternative Identifiers 288e1f4c-7c09-4604-ad19-920a61c55462