Cavallari et al. just published a review on the collection of the Sao Paulo Museu de Zoologia.
“The Mollusca Collection of the University of São Paulo Museum of Zoology is a secular assemblage, possibly one of the largest in Latin America, reaching a total of 123,000 lots and over 1.2 million specimens. Its coverage in terms of geography and biodiversity encompasses the entire Brazilian territory and over 130 countries, and its specimens are the starting point for important studies in the field of Malacology. In this study, numbers, curatorial aspects and the Collection’s role in education, research and extension are addressed. Challenges and future prospects are also presented and discussed”.
In the discussion attention is given to the gaps in the territorial coverage of the collection and the need for curatorial attention of this huge collection in a time of diminishing financial support for basic research in zoology and taxonomy.
Cavallari, D.C. et al., 2016. The mollusk collection of University of São Paulo Museum of Zoology: an overview and perspectives. – Arquivos de Ciências do Mar 49 (Suppl.): 40–45.