invertebrates / arthropods -
crustaceans, spiders, myriapods, insects
(hall 24)

Arthropods are an extraordinarily successful animal phylum that has colonized all habitats. In the display cases along the walls, crustaceans, spiders and their relatives, and myriapods can be seen. The enormous variety of insects makes up the largest part of the hall’s display. The systematic presentation of today’s living insects shows the path of evolution.

The collection
Arthropods comprise hexapods (insects), myriapods, arachnids and crustaceans. Their common features are an exoskeleton, a division of their bodies and special extremities.
The collection of the NHM Vienna houses more than 12 million individuals in the (non-public) collections. A few thousand of those are on display, which is less than 1% of the scientific collection.
The scientific collection of myriapods of the NHM Vienna is one of the three largest collections in the world.

Saal 24