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Hoards but not seen

  • A jar of 25 lots of Zeuxoides identified and labelled by Dr. Jürgen Sieg (© Te Papa, Richard Webber)
  • A jar of 25 lots of Zeuxoides identified and labelled by Dr Jurgen Sieg (Te Papa, photographer Richard Webber)
  • Graham Bird (right) and Rick Webber (Curator of Crustacea at Te Papa) collecting tanaids and other small invertebrates from gravel and algae in tide pools on Mana Island during the 2011 Mana Marine Bioblitz. (© Graham Bird).
  • Dr Graham Bird at work in his laboratory, examining tanaids under a microscope (© Graham Bird)

Hoards but not seen – the Tanaidacea Knowledge of a significant but seldom heard of group of crustaceans is getting a fresh boost. In its Crustacea section Te Papa has a good collection of New Zealand tanaids (tar-nay-ids) or ‘tanaidaceans’ (tar-nay-iday-see-ans). Tanaids are little marine crustaceans, mostly 2 – 5 millimetres long fully grown (see… Read more »