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

Name/Title
Skeleton of a male Fur Seal (Arctocephalus forsteri). Found dead on beach - Komene Road, Okato. 1975.
Accession No
A78.576

Name/Title
Skull only - no teeth. Possibly found on beach at Nukuhakari. Incorrectly labelled:- "Skull of seabird - Albatross."
Accession No
A78.575

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

Skull and mandible of a female Common Dolphin (Delphinus delphis). One of two dolphins caught in a trawl net by "Magnet" on 14/1/1976.
Accession No
A78.572

Name/Title
Skeleton of a female Common Dolphin (Delphinus delphis). One of two dolphins caught in trawl by "Magnet" on 14/1/1976.
Accession No
A78.571

Name/Title
Full skeleton of a Hector's Dolphin found on Wai-iti Beach 26 Jan 1979. Not available for loan or casual use.

STRANDING RECORD ...

Condition of specimen:- Sun scorched and decomposing.
Circumstances of stranding:- Found dead on beach.
Number of teeth (each side of jaw):- Upper right 24. Upper left 27. Lower jaw damaged.
Colour description and diagram: Colour gone.
Sex:- N/D

MEASUREMENTS ...

1. Length, total - 159.5cm
2. Tip of upper jaw to centre of eye - (not recorded)
3. Tip of upper jaw to corner of mouth - (not recorded)
4. Tip of upper jaw to blowhole - 23cm
5. Tip of upper jaw to front of flipper - 44.5cm
6. Tip of upper jaw to tip of dorsal fin - 91cm
7. Tip of upper jaw to centre of anus - (not recorded)
8. Girth, maximum (give distance from tip of upper jaw) - 120cm (66cm)
9. Length, flipper (anterior insertion to tip) - 22cm
10. Width, flipper (maximum) - 8.5cm
11. Width of tail flukes (tip to tip) - 33cm
12. Depth of notch between flukes - 2cm
13. Height, dorsal fin (tip to base) - 9cm
Accession No
A78.570

Name/Title
Three unmodified 'cat's eye' shells. " Guadalcanal 1943. Turned up when the American Engineers were forming the road with their Bull-dozers" is written on an accompanying label.
Accession No
A72.816

Name/Title
A bag of trochus and cowrie shells. " Trochus shells. New Caledonia 1944 " is written on an attached label.
Accession No
A72.815

Name/Title
Three unmodified shells. " Shells from the Solomon Islands, Guadalcanal and Vella-La-Vella 1943 " is written on an accompanying label.
Accession No
A72.813

Name/Title
Full Skeleton. Not available for loan or casual use.

STRANDING RECORD ...

Condition of specimen:- Decomposing.
Circumstances of stranding:- Washed up dead.
Number of teeth (each side of jaw):- Lower left 24. Lower right 24 (5 missing). Upper left 20 (4 missing). Sex:- Male

Measurements:-

1. Total length, (spout to centre tip of tail) 139cm. 2. Tip of snout to front of dorsal fin 64cm
3. Length of snout -
4. Centre of tail to anus 39cm
5. Centre of tail to genital slit 51cm
6. Flipper length (outside) 24cm
7. Flipper width (maximum) 9cm
8. Width of tail flukes (tip to tip) 42cm
9. Depth of notch between flukes 2cm
10. Height, dorsal fin (tip to base) 11cm
11. Tip of upper jaw to centre of eye 20cm
12. Tip of upper jaw to corner of mouth -
13. Tip of upper jaw to blow hole 20cm
14. Tip of upper jaw to front flipper -
15. Tip of upper jaw to centre of anus 102cm 16. Girth, maximum (give distance from tip of jaw)
100cm round. 55cm back from tip of jaw. Blowhole to
front of dorsal 45cm.
Accession No
A71.766

Name/Title
Full Skeleton.
Disarticulated and stored in a box. The length of the skeleton when put together is approximately 129cm excluding the fluke.
STRANDING RECORD ...

Condition of specimen:- Decomposing.
Circumstances of stranding:- Washed up dead.
Number of teeth (each side of jaw):- Lower left 24. Lower right 24 (5 missing). Upper left 20 (4 missing). Sex:- Male

Measurements:-

1. Total length, (spout to centre tip of tail) 139cm. 2. Tip of snout to front of dorsal fin 64cm
3. Length of snout -
4. Centre of tail to anus 39cm
5. Centre of tail to genital slit 51cm
6. Flipper length (outside) 24cm
7. Flipper width (maximum) 9cm
8. Width of tail flukes (tip to tip) 42cm
9. Depth of notch between flukes 2cm
10. Height, dorsal fin (tip to base) 11cm
11. Tip of upper jaw to centre of eye 20cm
12. Tip of upper jaw to corner of mouth -
13. Tip of upper jaw to blow hole 20cm
14. Tip of upper jaw to front flipper -
15. Tip of upper jaw to centre of anus 102cm
16. Girth, maximum (give distance from tip of jaw)
100cm round. 55cm back from tip of jaw. Blowhole to
front of dorsal 45cm.
Accession No
A71.765

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
Vertebrate from an unknown whale. Protruding portions chipped. Found Waiongona River mouth.
Accession No
A70.725

Lump of solid waxy matter. Lightweight. Dark brownish/black colour. Sweet musky smell. Secreted in sperm whale's (Physeter macrocephalus) intestine.
Accession No
A70.699

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
Frog preserved in 70% ethanol in a glass jar with a white plastic lid. Frog has an olive green dorsal surface with a yellow stripe. Ventral side is yellow. Black toes appear to be webbed.
Accession No
A70.682

Name/Title
Prawn killer (Ibaccus alticrenatus)
In a glass jar tightly sealed. Tied to a piece of glass. It was once stored in formalin but is now fully dried. It is a white chalky colour shrimp. Robust looking. The underside shows the legs and lots of eggs.
Accession No
A70.681

Name/Title
A yellow bellied sea snake (Pelamus platurus) specimen preserved in formalin and held in a tubular plastic container. The snake appears a mixture of light yellow and dark yellow. An accompanying handwritten note with the specimen reads " Pelamus platurus (Yellow bellied sea snake) /No data but probably one of 5 found on Taranaki coast during the summer of 1933 (Philips 1941). "

Has been transfered to glass jar with white lid and filled with 70% ethanol
Accession No
A70.680

Name/Title
Three snake skins - possibly cobra? Cut down middle of ventral side.
a) head missing. Anterior portion is brown and blue - white. Posterior portion is cream with brown transverse stripes. 153cm long, width 10cm
b) Head present. Immediately behind head are brown face markings, cream and brown. 143cm max length, max width 12cms.
c) Same as b) 131 cm long. max width 11cms.
Accession No
A70.679

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
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
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