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Ichthyology Department

Research Collections

The ichthyology collection at the Museum of Comparative Zoology is an International Ichthyological Resource Center in North America (see Copeia, 1976:625-642 and 1995:48-70). Since the 1976 review, the number of specimens in the collection has quadrupled, the quality greatly improved, and the accessibility significantly enhanced, resulting in a great increase in loans, visitors, exchanges and accessions. The present size of the collection, as of May, 2007, is 167,801 lots conservatively estimated at 1.3 million specimens, with at least 3,000 lots of putative types.

Search the Fish Collections

Currently all of the MCZ fish holdings are in a MUSE database and can be searched directly through MCZ Fish Search and on GBIF's Portal. A search for Neotropical material is available through NEODAT II.

Searches require the use of scientific names and will not work with common names, i.e. sharks. If you want to try a search for a North American fish in MCZ Fish Search we suggest you try searching for the species Notropis bifrenatus, the scientific name for the bridle shiner, a minnow restricted to northeast USA.

brindle shiner

MCZ 95249 Notropis bifrenatus 38mm SL, Pentucket Pond, Groveland, MA. Photo: K.E.Hartel




Global Distribution of MCZ Fish Collection Localities

fish localities

Map showing the distribution localities from which MCZ fish specimens were collected. Almost half of the collection's locality records (13,684 of 27,893) have accompanying geo-referenced data.