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About Specimen Collections

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



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 at FWRI

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

Specimen Information Services (SIS)

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



FWC Facts:
Groupers are very slow-growing fish, taking anywhere from 4-8 years to reach sexual maturity.

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