ANM Zoological vertebrate collection

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3 October 2022
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The zoological collection at the Natural History Museum, Agder University, is focused on mammals and birds, primarily from Fennoscandia, but also with specimens from North America. Specimens cover 23 nations, primarily Norway. The collection includes skins, crania and parts of skeletons, bird eggs and tissue samples. One journal number may cover skin, cranium and tissue sample where all items are kept, while some samples contain one or two types of material only. The collection contains 468 crania of beaver (Castor fiber, probably the world´s largest cranium collection on this species), almost 1100 mammal skins (primarily rodents; 723, shrews and their allies; 185, and bats; 69) and more than 1300 birds (skins; 1083 and fragments; 163). The bird collection holds 590 owls (thereof 470 skins, 82 fragments) of 20 species. Each entry holds data on date of collection, when acquired, location with coordinates, sex and age of specimen (where known), weight and measurements, collector, determinator and name of taxidermist.

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Solheim R (2022): ANM Zoological vertebrate collection. v1.4. University of Agder. Dataset/Occurrence.


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GBIF Registration

This resource has been registered with GBIF, and assigned the following GBIF UUID: 0dac68d7-afad-4710-a871-3233ffe0c0d3.  University of Agder publishes this resource, and is itself registered in GBIF as a data publisher endorsed by GBIF Norway.


Occurrence; Specimen; mammals; birds; tissue samples.


Roar Solheim
  • Metadata Provider
  • Originator
  • Point Of Contact
University of Agder
Vidar Bakken

Geographic Coverage

Primarily specimens from Norway and Scandinavian countries, some from Europe and North Amerika. A few Russian specimens.

Bounding Coordinates South West [31.354, -168.75], North East [81.723, 116.719]

Taxonomic Coverage

Mammal collection primarily rodents, shrews and bats. Birds cover most families found in Europe, with main emphasis on owls Strigidae.

Temporal Coverage

Start Date / End Date 1960-01-01 / 2022-09-30

Collection Data

Collection Name ANM Zoological collection
Collection Identifier Roar Solheim
Specimen preservation methods Other,  Dried,  Alcohol

Additional Metadata

Alternative Identifiers 0dac68d7-afad-4710-a871-3233ffe0c0d3