Landcare Research - Manaaki Whenua

Landcare-Research -Manaaki Whenua

Hair sample identification and factsheets

Database of images of hairs from live animals and Māori artefacts. Use this online database of images and accompanying information to assist with identifying the species of origin of a sample of hairs. Two sources of hair are represented, individual animals and artefacts.

Use the individual animal factsheets to familiarise yourself with hair features typical of each species. Then use the artefact factsheets to explore typical features of dog (kurī) hairs found in Māori artefacts. The hair features page provides diagrams and information explaining the diagnostic features to use when identifying hairs.


Lowe B & Wehi PM. 2017. New Zealand hair identification factsheets.
Accessed: 17 May 2022