In the Sektion Arthropoda varia of the ZSM all non-insect arthropods are housed (Arachnida, Crustacea, Myriapoda). The staff’s scientific focus are Acari, Malacostraca, Myriapoda, and Pycnogonida. Taxonomic studies as well as analyses of morphology and “evo-devo” are used to reconstruct phylogeny and/or develop evolutionary scenarios (see research). For this purpose a wide set of imaging techniques are employed, including the Scanning EM.
The most important parts of our collection are Verhoeff’s millipeds and the Acari collections of Vitzthum, Kneissl, Willmann, and Hirschmann (siehe history, collection) with several thousand type specimens that were databased as part of two GBIF-Projects (GBIF-Evertebrata II). Currently the main collecting areas are located in the Mediterranean Sea and the Chilean fjord region (Huinay Scientific Field Station). The section takes part in teaching at the LMU München (zoology and systematic biology).