Fish and Wildlife Research Institute

SIS Staff

Specimen Information Services (SIS)

SIS staff members maintain voucher, reference, educational, and research collections which contain cataloged lots of fish larvae, fish, and invertebrate specimens. The specimens are available for loan to researchers and educators worldwide.

Search the Specimen Collections

Search the catalogued fish and invertebrate specimens collection.

Specimen Information Services (SIS)

SIS staff members manage and maintain research and reference collections of preserved biological specimens and associated ecological databases.

The Importance of Natural History Collections

Specimen collections, an invaluable resource to researchers, document the presence of a particular species in place and time.

History of the Collections

Beginning in 1955, FWRI has maintained specimens collected in scientific studies.

Ichthyology Collection

The preserved biological specimens and the associated ecological database are a rich resource of Florida's biodiversity information.

Invertebrate Collection

The cataloged invertebrate collection contains over 129,500 cataloged lots of marine organisms which document the biodiversity of Florida’s marine ecosystems.

SEAMAP Ichthyoplankton Collection

The Southeast Area Monitoring and Assessment Program (SEAMAP) is a cooperative state and federal program for collecting, managing, and disseminating fishery-independent data.

Specimen Information Services Collection Intern or Volunteer

Primary responsibilities are: assisting with various collection tasks related to maintaining biological specimens and attendant data according to museum protocols, taxonomic identifications, and support of ongoing projects by FWRI scientists.

What Fish is This?

How to report a rare or unusual fish in Florida waters.

Specimen Information Services Contacts

Contact information for Specimen Information Services.

Censusing Florida's Gulf Biodiversity

Read an article by Robert Lasley, FWRI's former curator of collections. Lasley has been responsible for vast reference collections of preserved biological specimens and associated ecological databases.

FWC Facts:
The star coral may live for several centuries and grow to the size of an automobile. Its growth rate ranges from about 1/4 inch to 3/4 inch of yearly outward expansion.

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