The Invertebrate Collection

Search the catalogued invertebrate collection or contact the collection manager for loans or more information.

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.

An extensive collection of uncataloged specimen lots is available for graduate and research projects.  Please contact the collection manager or the curator for more information.

Dry Collection Compactors


Click Here to Search the Collection

Loans that are available go through the collection manager.  More extensive data may be obtained through the collection managers or the curator's office. 


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


For assistance in identifying your beach finds or any rare or unusual invertebrates please contact us at:


FWC Facts:
Saxitoxin, the compound that produces paralytic shellfish poisoning, was used in suicide pills for U.S. U-2 spy plane pilots in the Cold War in case of crash and potential capture.

Learn More at AskFWC