Field Museum of Natural History - Fish (F-F)

Established in 1894, The Field Museum's Division of Fishes now contains more than 1,750,000 specimens, 130,000 lots, 10,000 species, 4,500 tissue samples, 3,500 skeletons, 1,400 nominal types (6,550 specimens), and 450 families. Our collections have grown out of the cumulative effort of 12 past and current curators and countless professional staff, students, and associates. This emphasis on the collection and research of freshwater and marine fishes has made The Field Museum a leader in the evolutionary biology of fishes.
Contact: Caleb McMahan, Collections Manager (cmcmahan@fieldmuseum.org)
Collection Type: Preserved Specimens
Management: Data snapshot of local collection database
Last Update: 22 May 2017
IPT / DwC-A Source:
Digital Metadata: EML File
Collection Statistics
  • 5,556 specimen records
  • 374 (7%) georeferenced
  • 4,485 (81%) with images
  • 4,229 (76%) identified to species
  • 18 families
  • 27 genera
  • 163 species
  • 171 total taxa (including subsp. and var.)
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