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)
Brilhante Kury – CNPq's Research Productivity
Fellow Level 1D – Systematics, evolution and
biogeography of arachnids. Taxonomy and systematics of
Carcinology Sector (Crustaceans: crabs, shrimps, lobsters)
· Irene Cardoso –
Systematics and evolution of Decapoda, with emphasis in
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.
de Oliveira Pires - Taxonomy of Cnidaria,
Anthozoa, with emphasis in the Hexacorallia.
Nematocysts. Coral reef biology. Reproduction of corals.
Echinodermatology Sector (sea stars, sea urchins, sea cucumbers, crinoids)
Renato R. Ventura - Evolution of the reproductive
aspects of Echinodermata. Taxonomy, biogeography,
ontogeny and population dynamics of echinoderms.
Porifera Sector (marine and freshwater sponges)
Malacology Sector (Molluscs: mussels, oysters, snails)
Dias Pimenta – Taxonomy and geographic
distribution of Brazilian marine molluscs. Systematics
and phylogeny of marine gastropode molluscs.
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Major research projects developed in the Invertebrates Department, co-ordinated by or with participation of its staff
(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.
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
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.
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 (email@example.com), Claudio Fernandes (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Technicians: Beatriz Cordeiro (email@example.com) and Camila Simões (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Technician: Nilson Isola Lago. E-mail: email@example.com; phone: 55-21-3938-1182.
Quinta da Boa Vista, s/n, São Cristóvão
20940-040 Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brasil