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National Paleontology Collection

The National Paleontological Collection (NPC) includes a large number of type and figured specimens, and comprehensive stratigraphic and geological collections of fossil taxa from New Zealand and its surrounding area (including Antarctica). It also includes extensive molluscan, foraminiferal, and palynological systematic reference collections, important historical collections, foreign reference material, and modern specimens for comparison.

The collections date from 1865 and are the most comprehensive in New Zealand. The NPC includes associated electronic, card, and paper files. Collections include invertebrates, vertebrates and plants.

The online catalogue is progressively being populated with backlog and newly-acquired data. It currently holds the following records. Information on type specimens can be accessed here.

Collection Type Count
Arthropoda (AR) Type 1351
Brachiopoda (BR) Type 3148
Bryozoa (BZ) Type 333
Chordata (CD) Type 779
Cephalopoda (CE) Type 2825
Cnidaria (CO) Type 1328
Echinodermata (EC) Type 873
Macrofossil Collection (GS) Bulk 15825
Type Mollusca (TM) Type 7853
World Mollusca (WM) Type 4
Collection Type Count
Conodonta (CN) Bulk 1128
Type Conodonta (CNP) Type 0
Diatoms (D) Bulk 783
Calcareous Microfossil (F) Bulk 39416
Radiolaria (RD) Bulk 3344
Type Foraminifer (TF) Type 390
Collection Type Count
Plant Macrofossils (B) Bulk 1456
Plant Microfossils (L) Bulk 24291

Contact: Marianna Terezow and John Simes