AMNH Arachnid and Myriapod Collections

Personnel | USe of Collections | Loan Requests | Coronavirus Pandemic Update


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). Upon the retirement of Norman I. Platnick in 2014, Prendini assumed responsibility for the Araneae (spiders) and Ricinulei (hooded tick-spiders or ricinuleids). 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). Pio Colmenares, Museum Specialist, is responsible for management of the Arachnid (non-Araneae) and Myriapod Collections, and for processing loan requests.

Due to Lou Sorkin�s retirement, all loan requests directed to the Spider and Ricinuleid Collections may suffer significant delays. 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 Pio Colmenares. 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).

Loan Requests

If you would like to apply for a loan, please complete the following form so we can consider your request.

AMNH Arachnida and Myriapoda Loan Request Form

Coronavirus Pandemic Update

We regret to inform that due to economic austerity, including loss of collections support staff, associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, loans from the AMNH Collections of Arachnida and Myriapoda will be drastically curtailed for the foreseeable future. Scientists remain welcome to visit the collections to study material, once the AMNH has reopened and it is safe to do so, and limited funding sources are available to support that:

Collections Study Grants
Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Fund

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