The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University houses the world's most comprehensive collection of rotifers on microslides. The collection is comprised of 1,935 slides covering 744 taxa from 34 countries. Some 96% of the slides are in excellent condition, largely due to the widespread use of pure glycerine as a mounting medium. A total of 1228 images belonging to 730 taxa from the collection are included in the online catalog. A CD-ROM edition of the catalog, A Magnificent Diversity: The Frank J Myers Rotifera Collection can be purchased online via Diane Publishing Co.
More information on the Rotifera Collection at the Academy can be found via the following links:
The Rotifer Collection is administratively and physically housed within the Entomology Department. Queries should be directed to:
Collection Manager, Department of Entomology
Other queries regarding the Rotifer Collection can be directed to:
Adjunct Curator, Rotifer Collection
Rotifera List of Available Names
“Rotifer taxonomists, representing the community of rotifer scientists, have proposed, for species group-level taxa in the phylum Rotifera, a candidate Part of the List of Available Names in Zoology (LAN) (see Article 79 of the International Code of Zoological Nomenclature). Comments from zoologists have been invited during twelve months of public viewing by the International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature, through the Commission's web site at www.iczn.org.
This public review period ended on 31 March 2013, and in April 2014 the Commission’s ad hoc committee informed the rotifer expert committee that they have recommended considering a revised proposal.
The second period of public commentary on this revised proposal of species-group level names began on 20 December 2015 and will end on 19 December 2016.
The revised proposal can be downloaded here.
This rotifer expert committee was endorsed at the International Rotifer Symposium in České Budějovice, Czech Republic (August 2015) to also propose a candidate Part of the List of Available Names in Zoology (LAN) for genus group-level taxa in the phylum Rotifera.
The first period of public commentary on this proposal of genus-group level names began on 20 December 2015 and will end on 19 December 2016. The proposal can be downloaded here.”