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Name/Title
A thick, twisted stump of wood taken from an unusually large boxthorn plant.
Accession No
TM2000.258

Name/Title
A Shark's tooth, also known as Carcharodon megalodon. Tooth is triangular in shape and with a smooth shiny exterior. Lines run vertically over parts of the surface. Small pieces of grit and sand are evident in some of the grooves above the actual tooth part of the object. Slate grey in colour.
Accession No
TM.2003.107

Name/Title
Approximately one tablespoon of boxthorn seeds in a plastic jar. There are traces of desiccated berry flesh also present.
Accession No
TM.2000.240

Name/Title
A thin calcareous false shell of the paper nautilus (Argonauta nodosa) . The shell is an opaque white colour with parts stained dark brown, The whole shell is covered with radiating rows of low tubercles.
Accession No
TM.1997.318

Name/Title
A small female paua sea spider (Elamena producta).
Accession No
PA2007.249

Name/Title
A small dried and faded large-bellied seahorse (Hippocampus abdominalis) specimen. It is a grey-brown colour. The tail curls at the ends.
Accession No
A98.749

A small dried and faded large-bellied seahorse (Hippocampus abdominalis) specimen. The tail folds back under the body of the seahorse. It is a light brown colour.
Accession No
A98.748

A dried and faded spiny pipefish (Solegnathus spinosissimus) specimen. It is a grey colour with black specks. The specks are sand adhered to the surface. There is a slight curl at the end of the tail.
Accession No
A98.747

A dried and faded Spiny pipefish (Solegnathus spinosissimus) specimen. Light brown in colour with the odd spot of darker colouring. It has a long snout. The tail curls at the end.
Accession No
A98.746

Name/Title
A vertebrae from an unidentified species of whale. The vertebrae is slightly encrusted with soil and the tips of the bone are battered and numerous pieces of bone are missing.
Accession No
A97.713

Name/Title
Wooden fern press with one leather binding strap (the other is missing) containing 44 thick mount cards with specimens affixed and labelled and 8 loose specimens in paper fold-over folders. The press is wraped in soft foam for protection.
Accession No
A97.002

A dried jaw from a cookie cutter shark (Isistius brasiliensis).
Accession No
A96.988

A small orange three & three star (Allostichaster insignis). which has been recoloured at some stage. There is a single pinhole at the tip of each arm and a single pinhole in the middle of the body.
Accession No
A96.344

Salmon pink Stichaster australis starfish. The starfish has a tough leathery skin with numerous rounded granules embedded in it. The starfish has eleven arms and some of the arms are shorter than others. The shortest is only 5.5cm long and the longest is 9cm.
Accession No
A96.335

Single tree root - quite narrow and straight - with a large brown warty bulbous growth at one end. Growth has quite a flat top and droops down underneath on one side a little. Root has bark on it (moderate areas of bark loss evident however), and has been cut. In fair condition - there is a large crack (almost "t" shaped) extending from one side of the head to the other and if given a good enough knock would break. Small patches af surface loss due to item being knocked etc during previous storage.
Accession No
A96.329

Single tree root - quite narrow and slightly curved - with a large brown warty bulbous growth at one end. Root has bark on it (moderate areas of bark loss evident however), and has been broken off rather than cut. Good example. In fairly good condition. Small patches af surface loss due to item being knocked etc during previous storage. But nothing of any great significance.
Accession No
A96.328

Short length of tree root with a large brown warty bulbous growth at one end. Stubble of tree root still has bark on it and has been broken off rather than cut. Fairly good example. In good condition. Small amount of surface loss evident due to being bumped/knocked in previous storage, handling, transportation etc.
Accession No
A96.327

Single tree root with large brown bulbous warty growth at one end. Root is slightly "L"-shaped. End not affected by parasite is cut on the diagonal. Good example. In fairly good condition - small amount of surface loss evident where item has been knocked or bumped in previous storage / transportation.
Accession No
A96.326

Name/Title
Collection of 27 pieces of belemnites - grey in colour, cylindrical in shape, round in section - some have a pointed end. All are small - ranging between 3.5cm to 1cm long and 0.6 to 1.1cm in diameter. Surface has the same appearance as slightly smoothed concrete. Also known as Jurassic squids these fossil date back to the Jurassic Period.
Accession No
A96.322

Name/Title
Fossilised portion of a Nautilus shell. Very fragile - fragmentation.
Accession No
A96.249

Name/Title
Cordyceps robertsii (Vegetable catepillar). The fungus has taken over the body of a native moth with Aoraia dinodes or Dumbletonius sp. The body is brown and dried. The outline of the segments can still be seen. The long stalks are part of the fungus and would be attached to the catepillar body.
Accession No
A95.680

Name/Title
Light coloured (almost cane-like in appearance) piece of wood. "V"-shaped with one end curving downwards towards the base forming an upside down "U". Small bulbous knot at base of "V". Both ends have been worked. Whole piece has been polished.
Accession No
A95.678

Name/Title
Large disc of grey coloured whale vertebre. Unknown species. One one side is a hollow where the front bone structure has come away. It has a reddish colour to it and a slight accumulation of dirt. The other side is flat. There is cracking around the edges from age and it bone is porous.
Accession No
A94.045

Name/Title
Swordfish eye with a hole in the reverse. A paper label attached directly on the eye reads "Eye of swordfish caught at Russell, N.Z., 1936".
Accession No
A92.980

Name/Title
Fossilized coiled shell inside a half rounded grey rock. .
Accession No
A91.889
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