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

The specimens in the collection represent unique records of the vast diversity of invertebrate marine life associated with Florida’s complex marine and estuarine environments. More than 13,500 sites represent the geographical coverage of the collection. The specimens were collected principally from Florida, Gulf of Mexico, and Caribbean localities, along with miscellaneous collection sites around the world.

To request a specimen loan or additional information, contact the collection manager.

Laura Wiggins
Invertebrate Collection Manager
FWC Fish and Wildlife Research Institute
100 Eighth Avenue SE
St. Petersburg, FL 33701-5095
Phone: 727-896-8626, ext. 4138
Fax: 727-823-0166


FWRI Collection Policy and Loan Conditions


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Blue crabs have specially modified back legs, called swimmerets, which rotate at 20-40 revolutions per minute, allowing the crab to quickly swim through the water.

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