#National Research Collections Australia
Earthworms can sometimes surprise us
Australia is richly endowed with earthworm biodiversity, but of the 750 or so named species of earthworm in Australia, very few have been found in arid environments. The Broken Hill earthworm, a new genus and species, was a serendipitous find in an unexpected location.
Old, goopy museum specimens can tell fascinating stories of wildlife history. Finally, we can read them
Recovering important historical genetic data has been severely impeded by the methods used to preserve specimens.
Breakthrough allows scientists to determine the age of endangered native fish using DNA
Determining the age of fish has been historically difficult, primarily involving lethal methods. A new DNA test solves this problem.
Four reasons insects could be a staple in Aussie diets, from zesty tree ants to peanut-buttery bogong moths
Why don't many Australians eat insects? Our new industry roadmap for edible insects explains why we should bring bugs into mainstream diets.
Take a virtual tour of our insect collection
We're taking you on a virtual tour of our Australian National Insect Collection from your home. Come inside.