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Florida Biodiversity Collection

Collection of fish

The Fish and Wildlife Research Institute has three extensive collections which include more than one million cataloged, preserved invertebrates, adult fish, and larval fish.  The specimens represent vouchers from biological assessment studies. Scientists use these collections as guides as they identify animals collected during research, as sources for research material, or for educational exhibits.

Florida Biodiversity Collection (FBC) staff members maintain these research and reference collections and associated databases.

Callidactylus Asper


The invertebrate collection contains over 139,000 cataloged lots of preserved specimens and tissues which document the biodiversity of Florida’s marine ecosystems.

Schoolmaster snapper


FWRI houses three separate ichthyology collections including adult and juvenile fish, ichthyoplankton, and fish tissues.

3D image of a Buscyon

Digital Specimens

View a selection of our specimens that have been scanned and rendered in 3-D.

Digital Specimens
Luidia Jars

About the collections

Learn about the history of the Florida Biodiversity Collection (FBC) at FWRI, the importance of natural history collections, and special projects going on in the collections.

Star fish

Contact us

Contact a curator, collection manager, or inquire about internships with the FBC.