The Mammal Collection is composed of 5,008 specimens. Most of our holdings are prepared as skins and skulls, although 20% of the collection consists of complete skeletal material. The collection contains 527 fluid-preserved specimens.
The greatest strength of our Mammal Collection is taxonomic diversity.
The collection is composed of mammals from every continent and contains at least one representative of almost every mammalian order. This is remarkable considering the difficulty of obtaining specimens from remote geographic regions and representatives of species that are strictly regulated by CITES (e.g., platypus, echidna, tiger, tapir, monkeys, many Australian marsupials).
Reflecting the many years that Dave Klingener devoted to the Mammal collections, we have especially strong collections of bats (both local and Neotropical species) and Massachusetts mammals. The latter not is not limited to small mammals but includes carnivores (bear, bobcat, fisher, etc.), cetaceans (whales and dolphins), and artiodactyls (deer and moose). The cetacean collection is a unique asset and contains specimens representing a dozen species of toothed and baleen whales.
Our on-line database contains information on each of the mammal specimens in our collections. It is intended to serve as a resource for researchers who want detailed information about our holdings. The database can be searched by order, family, genus, species, and location and will return a list of species and specimen numbers. If your search does not provide what you are looking for, please contact the Collections Manager or the Curator of Mammals.
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