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Name/Title
A shed snake skin. The incomplete light brown skin is broken in two pieces with long scales lying transversely on the ventral side. There are small circular and oval scales on the dorsal side and cream skin on the interconnecting scales.
Accession No
A70.678

Name/Title
Armadillo carapace mounted on a wooden stand. The underside is hollow and coloured a grey-yellow colour. The top surface is a golden brown. Behind the large front armoured segment are nine bands of overlapping scales followed by twenty one rows of smaller scales. The tail is also segmented into bands of scales - the tip of which is missing.
Accession No
A70.677

Name/Title
Stuffed adolescent alligator in poor condition. It is severely embrittled and fragile. Extremities such as feet, tail, leg joints and scales have suffered losses. A grey compound has been used to fill holes and recesses, such as around the jaw and along the incision made on the underbelly. The eyes are plain opaque white oval shapes.
Accession No
A70.676

Name/Title
Tortise carapace. Carapace is highly domed. Fawn and grey colouration. Crack down left side. Only half of the spinal column present. Smooth cut where carapace would have joined to the plastron.
Accession No
A70.674

Turtle carapace from Hawksbill Turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata). Oval in shape. Brown plates marbled with yellow. The plates overlap indicating it was a young specimen. Two outer posterior plates are partially missing.
Accession No
A70.673

Name/Title
Carapace of unknown turtle species. Almost circular. Has been varnished - is reddish brown. The periferal "scales" and the adjacent ones appear to be partially worn away. The carapace scutes are not overlapping.
Accession No
A70.672

Carapace from a Green Turtle (Chelonia mydas). Oval dome shape. Very dark green (almost appears black) with yellow marbling. One of the large dorsal epithelial "scales" and two small posteria "scales" are chipped exposing underlying dermal bone. The dorsal surface is quite scratched.
Accession No
A70.670

Name/Title
A stuffed long-tailed, long-eared native bat which is mounted in a black wooden box with a glass front. The box also contains dried plants.
Accession No
A70.641

Name/Title
Bones of a opossum skeleten. Only half the mandible present. The bones included a bad of short leg and rib bones, the top of the skull and half the mandible and two shoulder bones.
Accession No
A70.640

Name/Title
Incomplete fragments of kuri crania - includes some teeth.
Accession No
A70.638

Name/Title
Large white fan shaped bone, chipped on outer edge. Species of whale unknown. The bone is rather porous.
Accession No
A70.637

Name/Title
Four humpback whale barnacles (Coronula diaderma). Irregular calcium structures which have a hexagonal 'symmerty'. Sizes vary from between 3 - 6cm in diameter and 3 - 4 cm high.
Accession No
A70.626

Name/Title
Vertebrate from an unknown whale. Bone chipped at edges.
Accession No
A70.624

Left whale flipper with scapular. Possibly from a Goose-beaked whale (Ziphius cavirostris?) Whale was stranded Mohakotino River mouth, North Taranaki c.25/12/1978.
Accession No
A70.621

Name/Title
Skeleton articulated by Chris Paulin. See Taranaki Daily News 29 Aug 1974. Not available for loan or casual use. It is currently on display. It is a small skeleton of the Maui dolphin. The bones are clean.

STRANDING REPORT ...

Condition of specimen:- Good.
Circumstances of stranding:- Washed ashore dead.
Number of teeth (each side of jaw):- Lower right 26. Upper right 26. Lower left 28. Upper left 25.
Sex:- Female.

MEASUREMENTS ...

1. Length, total - 153cm
2. Tip of upper jaw to centre of eye - 15.3cm
3. Tip of upper jaw to corner of mouth - 18.5cm
4. Tip of upper jaw to blowhole - 23cm
5. Tip of upper jaw to front of flipper - 38cm
6. Tip of upper jaw to tip of dorsal fin - 93cm
7. Tip of upper jaw to centre of anus - (not recorded)
8. Girth, maximum (give distance from tip of upper jaw) - 84cm (65cm)
9. Length, flipper (anterior insertion to tip) - 25.5cm
10. Width, flipper (maximum) - 9cm
11. Width of tail flukes (tip to tip) - 50cm
12. Depth of notch between flukes - 2.5cm
13. Height, dorsal fin (tip to base) - 11cm
Accession No
A70.620

Name/Title
Jaw with five rows of teeth. Mounted on wood. Lower jaw broken. - wired together.
Accession No
A70.609

Name/Title
Mako Shark jaw. Jaw has several rows of teeth. Shark was caught in Russell 13/3/1959. Weighed in at 465lbs.
Accession No
A70.608

Berardius arnuxii Arnoux's beaked whale.
Skull from a Arnoux's Beaked Whale - portions of left part of skull missing. Left half of beak separate from skull but present. Found washed up at mouth of Urenui river with flesh still adhering. Identified by A. Baker.
Accession No
A70.607

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

Name/Title
Dusky Dolphin skeleton (Lagenorhyncus obscurus) - male. Total length 1840 mm. Found at Strandon Beach, New Plymouth at high tide mark after moderate northerly sea.
Accession No
A70.605

Dried Long Tailed Bat (Chalinolobus tuberculata) mounted on card. In poor condition.Text on card incorrectly identifies specimen as a Short Tailed Bat.
Accession No
A70.604

Name/Title
Plastic bag containing rat bones from several specimens. Includes four skulls. From upper Mokau River.
Accession No
A70.603

Name/Title
Parts of a dog skeleton including broken skull and half the lower jaw with teeth. Also several vertebrates, ribs etc. From eroded foreshore between Epiha and Turangi Rds, North Taranaki. Possibly a kuri?
Accession No
A70.602

Name/Title
Two partially broken kuri skulls. Five pieces of lower jaw - one of which has Patarangi written on it. Also eight separate teeth.
Accession No
A70.601

Four seal teeth and four shark teeth. Seal teeth measure between 3 - 3.5cm and the shark teeth measure approx 2cm.
Accession No
A70.600
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