Museum outdoor exhibits are now open to a limited number of guests who reserve online in advance. Indoor exhibits are temporarily closed due to county health orders. The Museum is open Wed–Sun, 10:00 AM–4:00 PM. The Sea Center will remain closed until March. Reserve tickets for the Museum at sbnature.org/tickets.

Invertebrate Zoology

By any measure, invertebrates are the dominant group of animals on the planet. With tens of millions of species and ranging from mountain tops to the deepest depths of the ocean floor, invertebrates are a pivotal part of global ecosystems.

The Invertebrate Zoology Department is focused on documenting the diversity of life in our region and around the globe. We are actively conducting original research, describing new species, and tracking change in diversity and habitats over time.

Peltis beetle photo by Lucie Gimmel

Peltis pippingskoeldi Mannerheim (Coleoptera: Peltidae). Photo by Lucie Gimmel