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Aquatic and marine collections

The Aquatic collections at the Steinhardt Museum encompass a wide range of marine and freshwater species and are one of the largest and most diverse holdings of this kind in the Middle East.

The collections comprise over 250,000 samples from Israel and abroad, including representatives of over 50 classes of invertebrates. Fishes, Ascidiacea, Echinodermata, Crustacea, Mollusca, Bryozoa, Vermes, Coelenterata and Porifera (sponges) are particularly well represented natural assets, and the majority of them have been digitized. Over the last few years, we have put much effort into procuring and preserving samples for molecular phylogenetic analysis. The collections also contain a great number of type specimens, some representing endemic species to Israel.

The Mediterranean and Red Sea native biota are faced with rapid changes, as the continual influx of invasive Red Sea species into the Mediterranean, rising temperatures, and pollution that transforms ecosystems. The aquatic collections provide a unique resource that helps identify how these processes affect local diversity, biogeography and, more generally, ecosystem services and function in order to mitigate future adverse influences of human activity.

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Fishes

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Ascidiacea

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Soft corals (Alcyonacea)

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Sponges (Porifera)

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Crustacea

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Echinodermata

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Vermes (worms)

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Bryozoa

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Staff members

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