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Parasite Museums

National Parasite Collection


This collection is now housed as part of the National Museum of Natural History (NMNH) in Washington, as part of the Smithsonian Institution, D.C.

The USNPC, a national and international resource for systematic, taxonomic, diagnostic ecological and epidemiological research in parasitology has been continuously maintained by the USDA for over 100 years.

Museum of Southwestern Biology-Parasitology Division

The MSB Division of Parasites currently has about 20,000 cataloged specimens and is an integrated collection whereby many of the parasite specimens have direct links in particular to their host vouchers in other Museum of Southwestern Biology collections and other institutions, GenBank, and BerkeleyMapper/GoogleEarth.

Manter Laboratory

This web site contains the databases of the Manter Laboratory and describes some of the activities in parasite biodiversity that the HWML supports. The HWML contains a very large collection of parasites from around the world.

The collection currently has parasites with hosts cataloged in MSB Divisions of Amphibians and Reptiles, Arthropods, Birds and Mammals. MSB-Parasitology is in a unique and exciting position at the Museum as all our divisions are actively collecting specimens, and thus is afforded opportunities to obtain and catalog parasite material directly linked to other active research projects.

The USNPC has served as a critical resource for all aspects of parasitology in North America and globally, and provides the foundation for all programs within the ARS and elsewhere that deal with the systematics and taxonomy of agriculturally and economically significant helminthic and protozoan parasites.

Sam Houston State University Parasite Museum (SHSUP)


Part of the SHSU Natural History Museum, this collection contains migratory waterfowl parasites, endangered/threatened bird parasites, and a recent donation of 300,000 parasitic wasps.

The Meguro Parasitological Museum


A small medical museum in the Meguro Ward in central Tokyo, Japan. The museum is devoted to parasites and the science of parasitology, and was founded in 1953 by Dr. Satoru Kamegai, rebuilt to its present building in 1993. The research library contains 60,000 parasite specimens, as well as 50,000 papers and 5,000 books on parasitology.


University of Wisconsin at Steven's Point Museum Collection (UWSP)


This is a regionally important collection of parasites and includes specimens from rare hosts such as the Greater Prairie Chicken, numerous shorebirds and birds of prey. The Stephen J. Taft Animal Parasitology Collection is home to about 22,000 specimens across the diversity of parasite groups. The collection includes parasite specimens of Trematoda (Flatworms), Cestoda (Tapeworms), Nematoda (Roundworms), and leeches, as well as protozoan parasites such as Avian Blood parasites.

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