Skip to content


Devil Crab (Zosimus aeneus)
Invertebrates are animals without backbones. They are the most numerous animals in the Museum collections. Our insect collections are managed separately and you can find information on entomology in the sections on Irish and other insects.

Online Resources

Habitas Catalogue of British and Irish Marine Mollusca covers the museum collection of marine Mollusca


  • A beginner’s guide to Ireland’s seashore, Helena Challinor, Susan Murphy Wickens, Jane Clark and Audrey Murphy, Sherkin Island Marine Station, Co. Cork
  • Ireland’s marine life – a world of beauty, Matt Murphy, Susan Murphy and Paul Kay, 1992, Sherkin Island Marine Station, Co. Cork
  • Collins Field Guide to the Spiders of Britain and Northern Europe, Michael Roberts, 2001, Harper Collins, London.

Publications on invertebate collections

  • Ó Céidigh, P. 1963. List of Irish marine decapod Crustacea. National Museum of Ireland, Dublin.
  • O'Riordan, C.E. 1969. A catalogue of the collection of Irish marine Crustacea in the National Museum of Ireland. National Museum of Ireland, Dublin.

Sign up to our newsletter

Keep up to date

Receive updates on the latest exhibitions