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White tailed spider held in a clear jar with white lid. the abdomen is slightly shrivelled up.
Accession No
TM2003.384

Name/Title
A zoophycos trace fossil in an oval siltstone concretion.
Accession No
TM2003.288

Name/Title
A mounted ruru (morepork) with wings extended and perched on end of a length of wood. The bird is predominantly light brown and the upper wing area has scattered white spots on it. The longer feathers on the wing are also dotted with white however when the wing is extended it gives the effect of stripes. The feathers around the neck and lower back are in poor condition and appear to have been plucked The wood is mounted on a piece of wood with bevelled edges. There are two plaques attached to the wood. The first is an attribution plaque that states " DONATED TO / OTAKEHO SCHOOL / BY MR & MRS P.C. VERBEET " and the second plaque is a Wildlife Service identification number.
Accession No
TM2003.232

Name/Title
A paramoudra trace fossil.
Accession No
TM2003.168

Name/Title
A paramoudra trace fossil.
Accession No
TM2003.167

Name/Title
A mounted pūkeko specimen. The specimen has been mounted on a black wooden base in a walking pose.
Accession No
TM2003.143

A mounted yellow eyed penguin / hoiho standing erect on a black wooden Puke Ariki exhibition mount.
Accession No
TM2003.142

Name/Title
A " Bird Eating " spider mounted in a wooden frame on a red felt background with legs extended. The frame is missing the glass and is covered with a clear plastic sheet secured with masking tape. The rear of the frame has a metal chain for hanging. " BIRD EATING SPIDER / South America / A PRODUCT BY / EXOTIC NATURE DISPLAYS " is written on a label on the reverse along with a picture of a black and white butterfly.
Accession No
TM2002.535

Name/Title
A dark grey fossilized whale vertebrae. It is the centrum from a lumbar vertebra from the lower back of a small to medium sized adult baleen whale. The vertebra has been bored by small pholad shellfish after the whale died. Erosion has resulted in a smooth surface.
Accession No
TM2002.100

Name/Title
A small round bird's nest made from thin strips of plant fibre/grasses and green sphagnum moss.
Accession No
TM2000.315

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

Name/Title
Cat
Taxidermied black cat. Walking on all fours with erect tail and head looking to one side.
Accession No
TM1999.334

Name/Title
Part of a moa tarsometatarsus (leg bone) encased in papa. The bone is brown and the majority of it has broken off. The end of the tarsometatarsus where the claws attach is still intact.
Accession No
TM1998.139

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

Small German wasp nest measuring approx 17 x 19.5 x 8.5cm. Part of the outer envelope is missing revealing internal tiers. Greyish colour with layers of white and light brown.
Accession No
TM.1999.302

Name/Title
One magpies nest. Materials include: Barbary, wool and cow hair (tail).
Accession No
TM.1998.259

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
Snake skin roll. Skin is coloured brown/black and gold. Unrolled the snake skin is approximately 149cm long. Only the top skin is present. Small holes are at the edge of the skin along its entire length from where the skin was laid out to dry. Skin is from Queensland, Australia - Have not identified the variety.
Accession No
TM.1997.157

Name/Title
A fossilised piece of Dentalium Otamaringaense, collected from the mouth of the Urenui River in 1929. The fossil is a ridged white shell with a plug of darker material in its centre. The white shell is wrapped with a piece of grey material which looks a little like concrete.
Accession No
PA2015.053

A golden orbweb spider (Nephila edulis) found in Merrilands in 2013. The spider has a white abdomen which is translucent, and a darker cephalothorax. When the spider was alive the cephalothorax was black with a white pattern. The legs are golden in colour. The spider is floating in preserving liquid on its back.
Accession No
PA2014.093

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

Name/Title
A 75 gram fragment of the Mokoia meteorite. The fragment has a black fusion crust and a slightly rounded shape. Numerous white Calcium Aluminium Inclusions are visible on the surface. It appears as though a sample of the meteorite has been sliced off one side.
Accession No
PA2007.239

Name/Title
A fossilised crab ( Trichopeltarion ) encased within an oval siltstone concretion. The carapace is the only piece visible in both the top and bottom section.
Accession No
PA2007.230

Name/Title
A long-tailed cuckoo (koekoea) specimen mounted on an oval wooden base. It is perched on a branch that is covered in lichen and moss. The branch is pointing diagonally upwards. A square of silver masking tape is on the back of the base.
Accession No
PA2004.217
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