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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 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
Fully intact Puriri moth with outspread wings. The upper wings are predominantly green with brown patternation. Lower wings are light brown with green edging.
Accession No
PA2004.178

Name/Title
A fossilised oyster (Crassostrea ingens) shell. It is a large, thick, scaly, laminate shell.
Accession No
A98.777

Name/Title
A fossilised oyster (Crassostrea ingens) shell. It is a long, thick, scaly, laminate shell.
Accession No
A98.776

Name/Title
A large Nautilus fossil.
Accession No
A98.775

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

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

Name/Title
A fossilised crab (Tumidocarcinus giganteus) encased within an oval siltstone concretion. The underside of the crab is visible and the right chelae is larger than the left.
Accession No
A96.368

Name/Title
A relatively small fossilised crab (tumidocarcinus giganteus) encased within an oval siltstone concretion. The upperside of crab is visible - smooth, evenly rounded, but somewhat flattened back to its carapace - fine raised dots all over the surface. Parts of the legs have broken away - presumably with other half of concretion. Both chelae are hidden under concretion.
Accession No
A96.367

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

Name/Title
A fossilised oyster (Crassostrea ingens) shell. It is a large, amorphous, thick, scaly, laminate shell.
Accession No
A96.313

Name/Title
Three unmodified mottled cowrie shells.
Accession No
A86.987

Name/Title
A skull and mandible of a Leopard Seal (Hydrurga leptonyx). The skull has been broken into several pieces before being glued back together and the mandible appears to have been broken in half. Three top teeth are missing and some small chips of bone are also missing from various places. There are a number of pencil marks on the bone which it appears were used to help glue the skull together.
Accession No
A78.578

Name/Title
A skeleton of a juvenile New Zealand Fur Seal (Arctocephalus forsteri).
Accession No
A78.577

Name/Title
A water eroded scapula from an unidentified species of dolphin.
Accession No
A78.573

Name/Title
A Striped skink specimen (Leidopisma striatum) preserved in formalin. It has a brown back with grey dorsolateral bands. Ventral side speckled. Tail is cream. Appears to have become discoloured - probably due to the lizard having shed its tail and regrown another.
Accession No
A70.736

Name/Title
Two eggs in formalin in a glass specimen jar. The eggs have been tentatively identified as Tuatara eggs.
Accession No
A70.691

Name/Title
A Hochstetter's frog ( Leiopelma hochstetteri ) specimen preserved in formalin and contained in a glass specimen jar. The specimen has a dark brown back and its ventral side is dark brown and speckled. The outer layer appears to be flaking off. Toes partially webbed.
Accession No
A70.685

Name/Title
A collection of 24 bones from the flipper of a blue whale ( Balaenoptera musculus ).Some of these bones have been partly reconstructed with plaster and painted.
Accession No
A70.606
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