Plants and animals enquiries and identification  

Resources to help you with identifications

The following resources have been developed to help you identify spiders and birds, and report banded birds:

Other resources are available from the list below.

Please contact us

  • for general questions concerning plants and animals of New Zealand
  • if you have specimens you would like identified
  • if you want to visit our collections for research

Ask for an identification

Please do not send anything or come to the building without having first contacted us.

Different species are treated differently. Refer to the list below to find the best way to get your specimens identified.

Send us your questions

Need help with a school project or information about a particular topic? Our librarians can help you find the answers you need.
Ask our librarians. 

Research visits and loans

To arrange research visits or loans, please contact the Collection Manager through our Enquiry Centre.

Find the name of the relevant Collection Manager in our directory.

Contact our enquiry centre