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Specimen Collections

Specimen Information Services

The Fish and Wildlife Research Institute has three extensive collections which include more than 741,000 cataloged, preserved invertebrates as well as adult 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.

Specimen Information Services (SIS) staff members maintain these research and reference collections and associated ecological databases.


The invertebrate collection contains over 136,000 cataloged lots of preserved specimens and tissues which document the biodiversity of Florida’s marine ecosystems.



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


Digital Specimens

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

Digital Specimens

About the collections

Learn about the history of Specimen Information Services (SIS) at FWRI, the importance of natural history collections, and special projects going on in the collections.


Contact us

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