Illinois Natural History Survey - Fish (ILLS-F)

A large part of the Illinois Natural History Fish Collection comes from specimens collected from 1880 to 1905 for S.A. Forbes and R.E. Richardson's "The Fishes of Illinois" published in 1908 and from specimens collected from 1950 to 1978 for P.W. Smith's "The Fishes of Illinois" published in 1979. Thousands of specimens have been added from other areas of North and South America in the past few decades. The collection contains representatives from 48 of the 50 states and many countries including: Angola, Antigua, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Costa Rica, England, Guyana, Indonesia, Lebanon, Mexico, Pakistan, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, Romania, Russia, Thailand, Trinidad Venezuela, and Yugoslavia. The geographic scope of the collection is about 58% from Illinois, 28% from elsewhere in North America, 13% from South America, and 1% from the rest of the world, including Antarctica.
Contact: Dr. Chris Taylor (
Collection Type: Preserved Specimens
Management: Data snapshot of local collection database
Last Update: 18 December 2015
Digital Metadata: EML File
Collection Statistics
  • 30,403 occurrence
  • 8,325 (27%) georeferenced
  • 19,231 (63%) with images
  • 28,462 (94%) identified to species
  • 15 families
  • 25 genera
  • 207 species
  • 207 total taxa (including subsp. and var.)
Extra Statistics