The preserved biological specimens and the associated ecological database are a rich resource of Florida's biodiversity information.
The preserved biological specimens and the associated ecological database are a rich resource of Florida's biodiversity information. The Ichthyology Collection represents the time period 1955 to the present. The specimens were collected in Florida's marine and estuarine habitats, and occasionally in neighboring waters; they represent the larval, juvenile and adult life stages of Florida's diverse fish fauna.
The Fish and Wildlife Research Institute (FWRI) has one of the largest DNA tissue collections for southeastern U.S. marine fishes in the world. The tissue collection provides valuable genetic resources to FWRI researchers and is available to researchers worldwide. The FWRI Ichthyology Tissue Collection houses genetic samples from over 3,000 specimens and from approximately 360 species of fish. Please contact collection staff for more information on tissue holdings and loans.
To request a specimen loan or additional information, contact the collection manager.
Laura Habegger, Ph.D.
Ichthyology Collection Manager
FWC Fish and Wildlife Research Institute
100 Eighth Avenue SE
St. Petersburg, FL 33701-5095
Phone: 727-896-8626 ext. 4739
Search the Collection: Search the FWRI Ichthyology collection by taxonomy or FWRI catalog number.
FWRI Collection Loan Policy: Please read the following before making a loan request.
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