Our live specimens
Details about the biology and ecology of the animal we typically hold at the MDC are detailed in the links below. Note that the species listed are not always present at the Centre. We have provided some information about the animals as well as links to online encyclopaedias. Photographs of the animals will be posted as soon as possible.
The Marine Discovery Centre keeps a large range of live marine animals in three main exhibition types; touch tanks, a viewing pool and various aquaria.
Some teachers like to have their own live specimens in their classroom for the duration of a unit about marine life. To find out more about having your own classroom aquarium see our tips page further below.
Life on Earth is classified into groups at different levels. The lowest level is the species, for example the “Stridulating hermit crab” is species strigimanus. This species is a member of a larger group of hermit crabs that come under the genus group Strigopagurus, thus its full scientific name is Strigopagurus strigimanus. There are other species in that genus too such as Strigopagurus bilineatus. The genus Strigopagurus is grouped with other genera under the family Diogenidae. This family is grouped with other families under the order Decapoda, and so on up the levels.
Species Strigopagurus strigimanus
The animals at the MDC are divided into the following phyla: