AMNH Arachnid and Myriapod Collections

Personnel
In 2002, Lorenzo Prendini was hired to curate the Arachnid (non-spider) and Myriapod Collections in the Division of Invertebrate Zoology at the AMNH. The following arachnid orders fall under his jurisdiction: Acari (mites and ticks), Amblypygi (whip spiders), Opiliones (harvestmen), Palpigradi (palpigrades), Pseudoscorpiones (false scorpions), Schizomida (schizomids), Scorpiones (scorpions), Solifugae (solifuges, solpugids or camel-spiders), Uropygi (vinegaroons or whip scorpions). In 2014, Prendini assumed responsibility for the Araneae (spiders) and Ricinulei (hooded tick-spiders or ricinuleids) upon the retirement of Norman I. Platnick. Queries regarding visits, loan requests, and/or specimen donations concerning any of these groups should be addressed to him.

AMNH Arachnid Collections


In addition, Prendini is in charge of the myriapod orders Chilopoda (centipedes), Diplopoda (millipedes), Pauropoda (pauropods), and Symphyla (garden centipedes or symphylans). Michelle Locke, Scientific Assistant, is responsible for management of the Arachnid (non-Araneae) and Myriapod Collections, and for processing loan requests. Lou Sorkin, Scientific Assistant, is responsible for management of the Spider and Ricinuleid Collections, and for processing loan requests. More information about the personnel in Prendini's research group can be found under the People section.


Collections Personnel


Use of Collections
Incoming and outgoing loans of specimens from the Arachnid and Myriapod Collections are a weekly occurrence, while visits to the collections occur less frequently, averaging once a month. Queries regarding visits, loan requests, specimen donations, and the preservation of tissue samples for molecular analysis should be addressed to Lorenzo Prendini. Anyone interested in the particular protocols used for the preservation and management of the AMNH Arachnid and Myriapod Collections should contact Michelle Locke or Lou Sorkin. Donors should refer to the Division of Invertebrate Zoology instructions for depositing material. Those interested in management of natural history collections should consult the website for the Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections (SPNHC).


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