2. Zoologie Coleoptera Terrestris Sammlung

Natural History Museum Vienna

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Electronic database / Collection

Short Description

Comprising more than 3.5 million dry-prepared specimens (with the special collections of the short-winged beetles (Staphylinidae) and bark beetles (Curculionidae, Scolytinae) standing out for their wealth of types) and countless specimens fixed in liquid, the Coleoptera (beetle) collection of the Natural History Museum is one of the most important in the world.

In total, some 10,000 species are represented by types in the terrestrial Coleoptera collection. As a physical database of biodiversity, this inventory serves countless researchers from all over the world as a basis for studies from a wide variety of disciplines, primarily in the taxonomic-systematic field and phylogeny. The bark beetle collection, in turn, is frequented by a large number of guest researchers due to its importance in applied research.

Contact Person

Dr. Harald Schillhammer

Research Services

Visiting researchers have access to the collection and library, as well as suitable technical equipment. A stacking photography equipment of the department can also be used. If necessary, curators provide support on nature conservation and educational issues.

Methods & Expertise for Research Infrastructure

The research focus of terr. Coleoptera collection is currently in the field of taxonomy and systematics of Palearctic and Oriental rush-winged beetles (the most species-rich beetle family) and, in cooperation with foreign researchers, in the phylogeny of higher systematic units based on morphological and molecular-biological approaches. In addition, multiple specialist knowledge is made available to institutions in emerging countries (e.g. Myanmar, Vietnam) to facilitate structural development work, train local staff and provide logistical and scientific support for conservation projects.

Allocation to Core Facility

2. Zoologische Abteilung (Entomologie), Naturhistorisches Museum Wien

Dr. Harald Schillhammer
2. Zoologische Abteilung
+43/1/52177-383
harald.schillhammer@nhm-wien.ac.at
https://www.nhm-wien.ac.at/harald_schillhammer

Dr. Helena Shaverdo
2. Zoologische Abteilung
+43 1 52177-322
helena.shaverdo@nhm-wien.ac.at
https://www.nhm-wien.ac.at/helena_v_shaverdo
Access to collection and library is possible only after appointment with the curator and during his working hours. A requirement for working in the collection is a basic knowledge about how to handle dry insect specimens.
SCHILLHAMMER, H. 2011c: Unterfamilie Osoriinae; p. 207. – In Assing und Schülke (eds.): Freude-Harde-Lohse-Klausnitzer - Die Käfer Mitteleuropas, Bd. 4, Staphylinidae I (Zweite neubearbeitete Auflage). Heidelberg: Spektrum Verlag I-XII, 1-560.

SCHILLHAMMER, H. 2011d: Unterfamilie Olisthaerinae; p. 129-130. – In Assing und Schülke (eds.): Freude-Harde-Lohse-Klausnitzer - Die Käfer Mitteleuropas, Bd. 4, Staphylinidae I (Zweite neubearbeitete Auflage). Heidelberg: Spektrum Verlag I-XII, 1-560.

SCHILLHAMMER, H. 2011e: Unterfamilie Leptotyphlinae; p. 319-320. – In Assing und Schülke (eds.): Freude-Harde-Lohse-Klausnitzer - Die Käfer Mitteleuropas, Bd. 4, Staphylinidae I (Zweite neubearbeitete Auflage). Heidelberg: Spektrum Verlag I-XII, 1-560.

SCHILLHAMMER, H. 2011f: Tribus Staphylininae (Einleitung); p. 384. – In Assing und Schülke (eds.): Freude-Harde-Lohse-Klausnitzer - Die Käfer Mitteleuropas, Bd. 4, Staphylinidae I (Zweite neubearbeitete Auflage). Heidelberg: Spektrum Verlag I-XII, 1-560.

SCHILLHAMMER, H. 2011g: Subtribus Philonthina; p.397-450. – In Assing und Schülke (eds.): Freude-Harde-Lohse-Klausnitzer - Die Käfer Mitteleuropas, Bd. 4, Staphylinidae I (Zweite neubearbeitete Auflage). Heidelberg: Spektrum Verlag I-XII, 1-560.

SCHILLHAMMER, H. 2011h: Subtribus Staphylinina; p. 484-507. – In Assing und Schülke (eds.): Freude-Harde-Lohse-Klausnitzer - Die Käfer Mitteleuropas, Bd. 4, Staphylinidae I (Zweite neubearbeitete Auflage). Heidelberg: Spektrum Verlag I-XII, 1-560.

BRUNKE, A., CHATZIMANOLIS, S., SCHILLHAMMER, H. & SOLODOVNIKOV, A. 2016: Early evolution of the hyperdiverse rove beetle tribe Staphylinini (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae: Staphylininae) and a revision of its higher classification. – Cladistics 32: 427-451.

SCHILLHAMMER, H. 2017: New data and eleven new species of Algon Sharp, 1874, with a special focus on the A. kaiserianus group. – Koleopterologische Rundschau 87: 129-162.

CHANI-POSSE, M.R., BRUNKE, A.J., CHATZIMANOLIS, S., SCHILLHAMMER, H., SOLODOVNIKOV, A.Yu. 2018: Phylogeny of the hyper-diverse rove beetle subtribe Philonthina with implications for classification of the tribe Staphylinini (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae). – Cladistics 34: 1-40. DOI 10.1111/cla.12188

SCHILLHAMMER, H. & BRUNKE, A. 2018: Eureka: discovery of male Turgiditarsus Schillhammer reveals its placement in Acylophorina and resolves phylogenetic relationships within the subtribe. – Arthropod Systematics & Phylogeny 76 (2): 303-322.

SCHILLHAMMER, H. 2019: A review of Barypalpus Cameron, 1932 (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae) with descriptions of three new species. – Zootaxa 4629 (4): 571-582. DOI 10.11646/zootaxa.4629.4.5