Australia's first museum, showcasing an outstanding natural history and cultural collection. Home to the Australian Museum Research Institute. The Australian Museum is custodian to a collection of over 18 million natural history and cultural objects. As well as exhibitions, the AM is actively involved in science research through the Australian Museum Research Institute (AMRI). AMRI's work focuses on some of today’s major challenges including climate change impacts on biodiversity, biosecurity and understanding what constitutes and influences effective wildlife conservation.
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Merry Christmas Tree Worm! Spirobranchus corniculatus are tube-building polychaete worms belonging to the family Serpulidae. Named for their spectacular, brightly coloured cones of spiralling branchia, they're found in shallow coral reefs in tropical oceans.
Chances are you've seen more of these around lately than you'd like, but have you ever seen one looking like this? This stunning image of a female mosquito was taken with a scanning electron microscope (SEM). Photo © Australian Museum.
Fun fact for your Friday: Spiders aren't poisonous. Poison has to be swallowed, inhaled or delivered via touch through skin. Many are however, venomous. Venom is injected into a wound through a bite. See LIVE venom milking in our Venom Lab at Spiders - Alive and Deadly australianmuseum.net.au/landing/spiders-alive-and-deadly
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Get closer to over 400 real spider specimens including live tarantulas, giant water spiders and deadly funnel-webs. See live spider milking at the Venom Lab, enter a cave crawling with spiders, test your strength against spider silk and dare yourself to try other creepy crawly immersive experiences. ON NOW: australianmuseum.net.au/landing/spiders-alive-and-deadly
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After an incredible response to our Christmas Beetle Naming Competition, the results are in! Introducing the first of nine newly named species of NSW Christmas Beetle - the Granny Smith! Thanks to Robert Fairhead of Bondi who came up this very fitting title. (That green!) Before you ask, 'Beety McBeetleface' didn't make the cut - although not for lack of entries... A huge thanks to everyone who had a crack at naming these beautiful bugs. We'll be profiling the other winning names over the next few weeks, in the meantime you can check out the full list here: http://enter.australianmuseum.net.au The winning entries will also feature in our new Xmas Beetle ID Guide app. Check it out on the App Store or Google Play!
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Meet a few of the 163 new species of amphibians, reptiles, fish, plants and mammals discovered in the Greater Mekong region of Southeast Asia in 2015! The list includes a new species of frog, the Orange-Eyed Litter Frog (Leptolalax isos) co-discovered by Australian Museum Research Institute Herpetologist Dr Jodi Rowley. Other highlights include a rainbow-headed snake, a dragon-like lizard and a newt that “looks like a Klingon from Star Trek”. wwf.panda.org/what_we_do/where_we_work/greatermekong/discovering_the_greater_mekong/species/new_species/species_oddity/
That’s not tinsel: deadly snake found curled around Australian Christmas tree
They have a reputation for an aggressive nature and toxic venom, but the Tiger snake should be recognised as a great survivor. It's superbly adapted to some of the most inhospitable environments in Australia...including Christmas trees it seems! australianmuseum.net.au/tiger-snake