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South American Collection

Background imageSouth American Collection: Scolopendra gigantea, giant centipede

Scolopendra gigantea, giant centipede
A giant centipede which was brought into the Museums Insect Identification service after being found in a living room in London. The specimen is venomous and not native to the UK

Background imageSouth American Collection: Marsdenia mollissima

Marsdenia mollissima
Finished watercolour by Sydney Parkinson made during Captain James Cooks first voyage across the Pacific, 1768-1771. Illustration annotated Cynanchum crassifolium

Background imageSouth American Collection: Titanus giganteus L. South American longhorn beetle

Titanus giganteus L. South American longhorn beetle
This is the largest beetle in the world, measuring between 12 and 20 cms in length. They live in the rainforests of French Guiana and Brazil

Background imageSouth American Collection: Theraphosa leblondi, goliath tarantula

Theraphosa leblondi, goliath tarantula
This spider, from the northern Amazonia, has a leg-span of 250mm

Background imageSouth American Collection: Nasua nasua coati, South American coati

Nasua nasua coati, South American coati
Watercolour by Frederick Frohawk, 1902, from London Zoo resident Date: 1902

Background imageSouth American Collection: Peruvian style raft

Peruvian style raft
Hand-coloured engraving of Alexander Humboldt painting. Radeau de la Riviera de Guayaquil. Vues des Cordilleres, 1810. Date: 1810

Background imageSouth American Collection: Coquimbo, Chile

Coquimbo, Chile
Illustration (p.366) from Charles Darwins Journal of Researches, first illustrated edition 1890

Background imageSouth American Collection: Cambrian trilobites from the Falkland Islands

Cambrian trilobites from the Falkland Islands
Trilobites from a cobble of archaeocyathan limestone from Port Purvis: PS 218, specimen number NHM PI PO 12074 in the collection of the Palaeontological Department of The Natural History Museum

Background imageSouth American Collection: Arapaimo gigas, giant arapaimo

Arapaimo gigas, giant arapaimo
Specimen of the giant arapaimo (Arapaimo gigas), the worlds largest fresh water fish growing up to 5m long. Found in Brazil, Guyana and Peru

Background imageSouth American Collection: Myroxylon pereirae, balsam of Peru

Myroxylon pereirae, balsam of Peru
One of the 162 decorative panels depicting flora that form the ceiling of the Central Hall of the Natural History Museum, London. Showing Myroxylon pereirae, balsam of Peru

Background imageSouth American Collection: Attalea funifera C. Martius ex Sprengel, bahia piassaba palm

Attalea funifera C. Martius ex Sprengel, bahia piassaba palm
Illustration from the Botany Library Plate Collection held at the Natural History Museum, London

Background imageSouth American Collection: Jean Louis Rodolphe Agassiz (1807-1873)

Jean Louis Rodolphe Agassiz (1807-1873)
Portrait of Jean Louis Rodolphe Agassiz, a Swiss born physician who in 1826 began researching fish from the Amazon which lead to his publication Fishes of Brazil

Background imageSouth American Collection: South American frogs and toads

South American frogs and toads
Including Phryniscus nigricans, found by Charles Darwin. From Zoology of the Voyage of the Beagle Vol 1-3

Background imageSouth American Collection: Tail of a Glyptodon

Tail of a Glyptodon
The Glyptodon, a massive fully armoured mammal that lived during the Pleistocene period. Remains have been discovered in Argentina

Background imageSouth American Collection: Fossilised Archaeogeryon peruvianus, Miocene crab

Fossilised Archaeogeryon peruvianus, Miocene crab
Fossilised specimen of the Miocene crab (Archaeogeryon peruvianus). Nicknamed Edward Scissorhands, this crab lived some 22 million years ago off the shores of South America

Background imageSouth American Collection: Letter from Vandelli, Domenico

Letter from Vandelli, Domenico
Autograph letter to Sir J. Banks, consisting of descriptions, with water colour drawings of genera of Plants collected in Minas Geraes, Brazil Vandelli, Domenico, 1732-1816

Background imageSouth American Collection: Fossilised Macracara prisca, cichlid

Fossilised Macracara prisca, cichlid
This well-preserved, fossil specimen originates from the Lower Tertiary rocks of Brazil, some 65 million years ago

Background imageSouth American Collection: Phaodropus candidus, South American weevil

Phaodropus candidus, South American weevil
A South American weevil. Weevils are long-snouted beetles and form the largest family in the animal world

Background imageSouth American Collection: Meniscium reticulatum, giant reticulated fern

Meniscium reticulatum, giant reticulated fern
Finished watercolour by Sydney Parkinson made during Captain James Cooks first voyage across the Pacific, 1768-1771.. Illustration annotated Polypodium reticulatum

Background imageSouth American Collection: Lygodium volubile, climbing fern

Lygodium volubile, climbing fern
Finished watercolour by Sydney Parkinson made during Captain James Cooks first voyage across the Pacific, 1768-1771. Illustration annotated Ophioglossum scandens

Background imageSouth American Collection: Pteris denticulata, brake fern

Pteris denticulata, brake fern
Finished watercolour by Sydney Parkinson made during Captain James Cooks first voyage across the Pacific, 1768-1771. Illustration annotated Pteris dichotoma

Background imageSouth American Collection: Pteridium aquilinum, bracken

Pteridium aquilinum, bracken
Finished watercolour by Sydney Parkinson made during Captain James Cooks first voyage across the Pacific, 1768-1771. Illustration annotated Pteris ciliata

Background imageSouth American Collection: Tillandsia stricta, air plant

Tillandsia stricta, air plant
Finished watercolour by Sydney Parkinson made during Captain James Cooks first voyage across the Pacific, 1768-1771

Background imageSouth American Collection: Aechmea nudicaulis, bromeliad

Aechmea nudicaulis, bromeliad
Finished watercolour by Sydney Parkinson made during Captain James Cooks first voyage across the Pacific, 1768-1771.. Illustration annotated Bromelia bracteata

Background imageSouth American Collection: Bomarea edulis, white jerusalem artichoke

Bomarea edulis, white jerusalem artichoke
Finished watercolour by Sydney Parkinson made during Captain James Cooks first voyage across the Pacific, 1768-1771. Illustration annotated Alstroemeria salsilla

Background imageSouth American Collection: Tillandsia geminiflora

Tillandsia geminiflora
Finished watercolour (B32) by Sydney Parkinson made during Captain James Cooks first voyage across the Pacific, 1768-1771.. Illustration annotated Tillandsia argentea

Background imageSouth American Collection: Cattleya forbesii, cattleya orchid

Cattleya forbesii, cattleya orchid
Finished watercolour by Sydney Parkinson made during Captain James Cooks first voyage across the Pacific, 1768-1771. Illustration annotated Epidendrum bifolium

Background imageSouth American Collection: Aechmea sphaerocephala

Aechmea sphaerocephala
Finished watercolour by Sydney Parkinson made during Captain James Cooks first voyage across the Pacific, 1768-1771. Illustration annotated Bromelia Pseudo Ananas

Background imageSouth American Collection: Epidendrum elongatum, orchid

Epidendrum elongatum, orchid
Finished watercolour by Sydney Parkinson made during Captain James Cooks first voyage across the Pacific, 1768-1771. Illustration annotated Epidendrum secundrum

Background imageSouth American Collection: Rodriguezia rigida, orchid

Rodriguezia rigida, orchid
Finished watercolour by Sydney Parkinson made during Captain James Cooks first voyage across the Pacific, 1768-1771. Illustration annotated Epidendrum corniculatum

Background imageSouth American Collection: Bougainvillea spectabilis, paper flower

Bougainvillea spectabilis, paper flower
Finished watercolour by Sydney Parkinson made during Captain James Cooks first voyage across the Pacific, 1768-1771. Illustration annotated Calyxis ternaria

Background imageSouth American Collection: Croton compressus

Croton compressus
Finished watercolour by Sydney Parkinson made during Captain James Cooks first voyage across the Pacific, 1768-1771. Illustration annotated Croton reticulatum

Background imageSouth American Collection: Alchornea triplinervia

Alchornea triplinervia
Finished watercolour by Sydney Parkinson made during Captain James Cooks first voyage across the Pacific, 1768-1771. Illustration annotated Alchornea rigida

Background imageSouth American Collection: Tournefortia paniculata

Tournefortia paniculata
Finished watercolour by Sydney Parkinson made during Captain James Cooks first voyage across the Pacific, 1768-1771. Illustration annotated Tournefortia scandens

Background imageSouth American Collection: Lantana mista

Lantana mista
Finished watercolour by Sydney Parkinson made during Captain James Cooks first voyage across the Pacific, 1768-1771

Background imageSouth American Collection: Oxypetalum banksii

Oxypetalum banksii
Finished watercolour by Sydney Parkinson made during Captain James Cooks first voyage across the Pacific, 1768-1771. Illustration annotated Cynanchum suaveolens

Background imageSouth American Collection: Ditassa banksii

Ditassa banksii
Finished watercolour by Sydney Parkinson made during Captain James Cooks first voyage across the Pacific, 1768-1771. Illustration annotated Asclepias suaveolens

Background imageSouth American Collection: Barrosoa apiculata

Barrosoa apiculata
Finished watercolour by Sydney Parkinson made during Captain James Cooks first voyage across the Pacific, 1768-1771. Illustration annotated Eupatorium succulentum

Background imageSouth American Collection: Baccharis pingraea

Baccharis pingraea
Finished watercolour by Sydney Parkinson made during Captain James Cooks first voyage across the Pacific, 1768-1771. Illustration annotated Chrysocoma albiflora

Background imageSouth American Collection: Sesuvium portulacastrum, sea purslane

Sesuvium portulacastrum, sea purslane
Finished watercolour by Sydney Parkinson made during Captain James Cooks first voyage across the Pacific, 1768-1771

Background imageSouth American Collection: Temnadenia violacea

Temnadenia violacea
Finsihed watercolour drawing by Sydney Parkinson made during Captain James Cooks first voyage across the Pacific, 1768-1771. Illustration annotated Echites pubescens

Background imageSouth American Collection: Borreria capitata

Borreria capitata
Finished watercolour by Sydney Parkinson made during Captain James Cooks first voyage across the Pacific, 1768-1771. Illustration annotated Spermacoce capitata

Background imageSouth American Collection: Serjania cuspidata

Serjania cuspidata
Finished watercolour drawing by Sydney Parkinson made during Captain James Cooks first voyage across the Pacific, 1768-1771. Illustration annotated Cardiospermum latifolium

Background imageSouth American Collection: Tetrapterys phlomoides

Tetrapterys phlomoides
Finished watercolour by Sydney Parkinson made during Captain James Cooks first voyage across the Pacific, 1768-1771. Illustration annotated Banisteria fulgens

Background imageSouth American Collection: Stigmaphyllon auriculatum

Stigmaphyllon auriculatum
Finished watercolour drawing by Sydney Parkinson made during Captain James Cooks first voyage across the Pacific, 1768-1771. Illustration annotated Banisteria atriplicifolia



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