To arrange loans, schedule visits, or request radiographs or collection data, please contact Ichthyology Collections Manager Rick Feeney at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Ichthyology Department maintains collections of preserved fishes including approximately three million catalogued and an additional two million uncatalogued specimens. Ichthyology also maintains collections of otoliths, skeletons, cleared and stained specimes, eggs and larvae, radiographs, and extensive library resources.
Representatives of the three major lineages of fishes are all on display on the first floor. Sharks (Chondrichthyes) include the deepwater pelagic megamouth, which shares a tank with a lobe-finned coelacanth (Sarcopterygii). Actinopterygii, the ray-finned fishes, are represented by the elongate, silvery oarfish. All specimens are large and displayed in massive fluid-filled tanks, and all are males.