Museu Nacional - UFRJ



Biennium 2016-2017
Head of the Department: Carlos Renato Rezende Ventura
Substitute Head of Department: Irene Azevedo Cardoso



  • To constitute a center of excellence of research in biodiversity of marine invertebrates and arachnology, enabled to identify, to describe and to characterize the biology and the ecology of the animal species of all invertebrate phyla in all marine habitats, with special emphasis in the Deep Sea fauna;

  • To build capacity, through training and qualifying of students, researchers and technicians, in invertebrate taxonomy and the management of scientific natural history collections;

  • To house, to preserve and to expand the Invertebrates Zoology Collections, assuring that the specimens will be adequate for future study as long as possible;

  • To transmit the knowledge generated by the research for the scientific community, students and the general public.


Areas of Activity

  • Research - Biodiversity (with emphasis in the Deep Sea), ecology (including studies of environmental impacts and climatic changes), physiology and reproductive biology of marine invertebrates and arachnids;

  • Education - Teaching to Graduate students in courses and laboratories;

  • Society - Environmental education, training of teachers of elementary, middle and high school education, museum exhibitions. Projects “Coral Vivo” and “Ilhas do Rio”. Support to SAE (Service of Assistance to Education) and SEMU (Service of Museology) of the National Museum.


Staff and Major Research Lines

Arachnology Sector (Spiders, scorpions, harvestmen)

Adriano Brilhante Kury – CNPq's Research Productivity Fellow Level 1D – Systematics, evolution and biogeography of arachnids. Taxonomy and systematics of neotropical Opiliones.     Homepage
Phone: 55-21-3938-1184


Carcinology Sector (Crustaceans: crabs, shrimps, lobsters)

· Cristiana Serejo – CNPq's Research Productivity Fellow Level 2 – Taxonomy and evolution of amphipods.     Homepage
Phone: 55-21-3938-1185

· Irene Cardoso – Systematics and evolution of Decapoda, with emphasis in caridean shrimps.     Homepage
Phone: 55-21-3938-1185


Cnidaria Sector (corals, anemones, hydroids, jellyfish)

· Clovis Barreira e Castro - Biology of cnidarians, especially anthozoans: morphology, systematics and taxonomy; geographic distribution and biogeography; ecology of coral reefs; marine conservation; climate change.     
Phone: 55-21-3938-1186

· Débora de Oliveira Pires - Taxonomy of Cnidaria, Anthozoa, with emphasis in the Hexacorallia. Nematocysts. Coral reef biology. Reproduction of corals.     
Phone: 55-21-3938-1187


Echinodermatology Sector (sea stars, sea urchins, sea cucumbers, crinoids)

Carlos Renato R. Ventura - Evolution of the reproductive aspects of Echinodermata. Taxonomy, biogeography, ontogeny and population dynamics of echinoderms.
Phone: 55-21-3938-1183


Porifera Sector (marine and freshwater sponges)

· Eduardo Carlos M. Hajdu - CNPq's Research Productivity Fellow Level 1D – Taxonomy, phylogeny, biogeography and marine bioprospection of Porifera of South America and Antarctica, of both shallow and deep waters. Phylogeny of the Order Poecilosclerida. Taxonomy of freshwater neotropical poriferans.     Homepage    Curriculum Vitae
Phone: 55-21-3938-1191

· Guilherme R. S. Muricy - Taxonomy, ecology, biology, and pharmacological potential of Porifera, especially from Brazil. Influence of pollution on the structure of the communities, ecological interactions, associated fauna. Phylogeny of the Class Homoscleromorpha.     Curriculum Vitae
Phone: 55-21-3938-1190


Malacology Sector (Molluscs: mussels, oysters, snails)

Alexandre Dias Pimenta – Taxonomy and geographic distribution of Brazilian marine molluscs. Systematics and phylogeny of marine gastropode molluscs.     Homepage     Curriculum Vitae
Phone: 55-21-3938-1189


Major research projects developed in the Invertebrates Department, co-ordinated by or with participation of its staff

·    REVIZEE Program (MMA/IBAMA/SECIRM/CNPq) - Program of Evaluation of the Sustainable Potential of Living Resources in the Brazilian Exclusive Economic Zone.

·    HABITATS Project (Petrobras) - Evaluation of the environmental heterogeneity of the Campos Basin.

·    OCEANPROF Project (Petrobras) - Deep water environmental characterization of the Campos Basin.

·    MAR-ECO Project (Census of Marine Life) - An international exploratory study of the macro and megfauna of the mid-Atlantic Ocean including the processes that control their distribution and community structures.

·    Environmental characterization of the Rio Grande Rise (SECIRM)

·    Environmental characterization of the Potiguar Basin, RN (Petrobras)

·    Development of the Taxonomy of Porifera in Brazil (Thematic Network Petrobras)

·    Projeto Coral Vivo (sponsored by Petrobras and Arraial d’Ajuda Eco Parque)

·    Projeto Ilhas do Rio (Islands of Rio Project - Petrobras Ambiental)

·    List of Brazilian invertebrate species threatened of extinction - supports to the ICMBio


Taxonomic collections: depositories of biodiversity

Most research projects of the Invertebrates Department include collection of specimens for study and posterior deposit in zoological collections. These collections are of extreme importance for the identification of the species. The increase in number of common and type specimens, maintenance, and long-term preservation of the zoological collections are among the main goals of the National Museum and of the Invertebrates Department.



 Seven Laboratories
Arachnology, Carcinology, Coelenterology, Echinodermatology, Taxonomy of Porifera, Biology of Porifera, Malacology.

Zoological Collections Room

The "Prof. Paulo Young Invertebrate Department Collection Room" houses large collections (> 5000 lots each) of Cnidaria, Porifera, Crustacea and Echinodermata, and smaller collections (< 1000 lots) of Nematoda, Nemertinea, Nematomorpha, Plathyhelminthes, Tunicata, Bryozoa, Polychaeta, Echiura and Sipuncula. The department also keeps large collections of Arachnida, Myriapoda and Mollusca, which are housed in their respective laboratories. Technicians: Carla Barros (, Claudio Fernandes (

 Center of Scanning Electronic Microscopy (CMEV)

E-mail:; phone: 55-21-3938-1223.
Technicians: Beatriz Cordeiro ( and Camila Simões (


Technician: Nilson Isola Lago. E-mail:; phone: 55-21-3938-1182.


Mailing Address

 Departamento de Invertebrados, Museu Nacional-UFRJ.

Quinta da Boa Vista, s/n, São Cristóvão

20940-040 Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brasil

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