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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
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 vinctifer comptoni fish fossil that has been mounted on plaster and presented in a wooden frame.
Accession No
PA2004.199

A hairy decorator crab. The crab has large dark pink nippers, and a pear-shaped body. The body and eight legs (excluding the nippers) are pale pink and white in colour. The legs and parts of the shell are covered with pieces of pale green and white seaweed.
Accession No
A98.797

Name/Title
Three fragments of coral from a coral "tree".
Accession No
A98.778

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

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

Name/Title
A length of raw silk with a thin crimson ribbon attached at two ends. Also attached via threads of unspun silk is a piece of card and a small note on blue paper handwritten in black ink. " The first silk spun in / Taranaki Xmas day 1852 ".
Accession No
A96.469

Name/Title
Piece of a Cocos zeylandica (fossil coconut) - only half. Small, dark brown, flattened, walnut-sized fossil coconut which has been filled with sediment. The section including the eyes is missing. Large crack at top end. Came from Coopers Beach. Dated Early Miocene (24-16 million years)
Accession No
A96.382

Name/Title
A Cocos zeylandica fossil with a small, dark brown, slightly flattened, walnut-sized fossil coconut with three 'eyes' at one end - small point at this end.2.5cm crack extends from one of the eyes along the length of the body.
Accession No
A96.380

Name/Title
A Cocos zeylandica fossil. Small, dark brown, flattened, walnut-sized fossil coconut. Three 'eyes' at one end - squashed and filled with sediment (quite pointed at this end).
Accession No
A96.378

Name/Title
A coconut fossil (Cocos zeylandica). It is a small, dark brown, slightly flattened, fossil coconut - basically tear-drop in shape. There is a larger hole near the top end with four tiny holes near the base and a large crack extending from the top down one side - almost to the base. Remnant matter at one end.
Accession No
A96.375

Name/Title
A single Cocos zeylandica. A small, dark brown, slightly flattened, walnut sized fossil coconut - basically round in shape. Three small depressions at one end are quite squashed (due to pressure from surrounding sediment). Came from Coopers Beach. Dated Early Miocene (24-16 million years)
Accession No
A96.374

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
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