Te Papa’s Science Showcased

Te Papa’s Science Showcased

The exhibition DeCLASSIFIED! Nature’s secrets exposed at Te Papa has just opened. It showcases recent discoveries by Te Papa’s scientists.

Declassified-hero-imageFind out more about DeCLASSIFIED! Nature’s secrets exposed on Te Papa’s website.

There are species new to science – from fish to landhoppers, seaweeds, lice, ferns, and fossil parrots.

Other discoveries include newly documented behaviours. Who knew that blobfish could swim gracefully? (Only blobfish themselves – till recently!) Learn how spider orchids pretend to be mushrooms to attract fungus gnats, which end up acting as pollinators. And discover the fate of one long-tailed skua that flew so high above the Coromandel that it collided with a commercial airline!

Find out more about science at Te Papa

Help us make more discoveries

You can help unlock nature’s secrets too.

If you contribute photos to our citizen science programme on spiders and ferns:

  • you’ll be providing data to help better understand and manage New Zealand’s biodiversity.
  • we’ll provide expert identifications.
  • your photo might be displayed in Te Papa as part of the DeCLASSIFIED! exhibition.
  • and – possibly, just possibly – you could help discover an entirely new species!

More details about how to help us make more discoveries

Te Papa’s scientists talk about making discoveries


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