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Research

Borrowing from the Natural History Collections

Insofar as possible, specimens from our collections may be borrowed for scholarly purposes, instructional events and exhibitions.
Please direct your inquiries in a timely manner with thorough details about the specimens you wish to borrow to natur@museum-wiesbaden.de.

Robber Fly Family (Diptera: Asilidae)

Museum Wiesbaden serves as the international information point for the robber fly family (Diptera: Asilidae). All relevant scientific sources on this, one of the largest diptera families, are collected at Museum Wiesbaden and made accessible on the Internet. The information point is managed by the director of our natural history collections Fritz Geller-Grimm, whose own work centers on alpha taxonomy, the compilation of catalogues, identification guides and behavioral study.

Dragonflies (Insecta: Odonata)

The collection of dragon- and damselflies of the Museum Wiesbaden is revised and extended by Malte Seehausen. The Museum Wiesbaden supported three expeditions to Georgia (Caucasus ecoregion) to explore the local Odonata fauna. This led to an increasing scientific knowledge and first records of two species. Furthermore, morphological studies and the Odonata taxonomy are primary aims of his work. Malte Seehausen, for example, partly revised the complex Asian dragonfly genus Neurothemis. A selection of his publications can be found here.

Gazelles (Artiodactyla: Antilopini)

The scientific work on gazelles in Museum Wiesbaden is conducted by Hannes Lerp. Using molecular biologic and morphological methods the evolutionary history of the taxon can be analyzed. It could be shown that the genus Gazella most probably originated on the Arabian Peninsula and later spread into Africa and Asia. During this process several species arose that adapted independently to different conditions within the dry desert and semi desert habitats. A selection of his publications can be found here.