Fish and Wildlife Research Institute

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Specimen Collections

The Fish and Wildlife Research Institute has three extensive collections which include more than 735,000 cataloged, preserved invertebrates as well as adult and larval fish.  The specimens represent vouchers from biological assessment studies. Scientists use these collections as guides as they identify animals collected during research, as sources for research material, or for educational exhibits.

Specimen Information Services (SIS) staff members maintain these research and reference collections and associated ecological databases.



Invertebrates

The invertebrate collection contains over 133,000 cataloged lots of preserved specimens and tissues which document the biodiversity of Florida’s marine ecosystems.

Fish

FWRI houses three separate ichthyology collections including adult and juvenile fish, ichthyoplankton, and fish tissues.

Contact Information

Contact a curator, collection manager, or inquire about internships with SIS.

About Specimen Collections

Learn about the history of Specimen Information Services (SIS) at FWRI and the importance of natural history collections.



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