1. Zoologische Abteilung, Naturhistorisches Museum Wien

Natural History Museum Vienna

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Core facility (CF)

Short Description

The First Zoological Department (Vertebrates), owing to its scientific collections – the Mammal, the Bird, the Fish, the Herpetological and the Archaeozoological Collection – as well as the Zoological Preparation unit, the most important institution in the field of vertebrate systematics in Austria.

Its more than 1 500 000 objects make this department one of the most comprehensive and one of the most relevant museum collections worldwide.

The Department’s equipment includes:
• stereomicroscop
- Zeiss SteREO Discovery.V8 (objective S Achromat 0.5x and 0.3x) with camera Axiocam 208 color (image & video), Wild Heerbrugg M5 & M5A [Fish Collection].
- Leica Wild M8 ZOOM [Mammal Collection].
- Leica Wild M 420, Leica M50, Zeiss Stemi SV11 [Herpetological Collection].
• Portable HQ40d meter, Hach company, for conductivity, oxygen, pH and temperature measurements. [Herpetological Collection].
• Jaz spectrometer, Ocean Optics company [Bird Collection].
• Photo station, Kaiser company, RB 5000 DL, Copy Lightning Unit 5556 [Fish Collection].

In addition, the corresponding technical libraries and faunistic data bases, including the Herpetofaunistic Database, must be emphasised.

Scientific curators are in charge of the different sections of the vertebrate collections. Due to this wide spectrum of competence, the staff of the vertebrate department is engaged in numerous national and international projects on nature and species protection.

Contact Person

Dr. Ernst Mikschi

Research Services

Possible after consultation:
• Vertebrate identification
• DNA analyses of tissue samples
• Provision of photo material
• Support of research/scientific work with respect to issues concerning the collection

Methods & Expertise for Research Infrastructure

The research and working focus is on vertebrate systematics, including faunal-zoogeographical, morphological, anatomical, physiological, embryological, taxonomical, molecular-genetical, chorological, ecological and ethological field and laboratory studies.
The determination of bone fragments from archaeological excavations (Archaeozoological Collection) with respect to species (differentiation of wild and domestic forms), sex, age of individuals, size, shape, pathological symptoms and traces from carving, allows conclusions to be drawn on the history of faunas, domesticates and economics.


Abteilungsdirektor Zoo.I.
Dr. Ernst Mikschi
+43 1 52177-291
The scientific collection may be accessed by interested persons upon appointment (email/telephone).
NP Neusiedlersee/Seewinkel
Austrian Armed Forces
Austria research platform
MA 22, Vienna
Museum Alexander König, Bonn
ÖGH Austrian Society for Herpetology
SEH Societas Europaea Herpetologica
DGHT German Society for Herpetology and Terraristics
Schönbrunn Zoo
Turtle Island
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