Auburn University Museum of Natural History Fishes Voucher Collections

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The Fish Collection at the Auburn University Museum of Natural History has fishes from all over the world. The collection has particularly large holdings of fishes from the Southeastern US and South America. Approximately 750,000 preserved specimens in more than 72,000 lots are cataloged in the collection.

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Specimen; Occurrence; Occurrence


David Werneke
  • Metadata Provider
  • Originator
  • Point Of Contact
Collections Manager
Auburn University Museum of Natural History
101 Rouse LIfe Sciences
36849 Auburn University
Laura Russell
  • Programmer
David Bloom
  • Programmer
John Wieczorek
  • Programmer
Information Architect
Museum of Vertebrate Zoology at UC Berkeley
Jonathon Armbruster
  • Curator
Curator of Fishes
Auburn University Museum of Natural History
331 Funchess Hall
36849 Auburn University
+01 334-844-9261

Geographic Coverage

Particularly strong are collections from all over Alabama and Georgia. Also included are specimens of most fish species of the United States and a significant collection of marine fishes from the Gulf of Mexico. The fish collection also includes a strong Neotropical fish collection from Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Guatemala, Guyana, Panama, Peru, and Venezuela. There are also significant collections from Africa and Southeast Asia.

Bounding Coordinates South West [-90, -180], North East [90, 180]

Taxonomic Coverage

All ichthyological specimens are identified to family, genus and/or species.

Class Myxini, Petromyzonti, Cladistii, Elasmobranchii, Holocephali, Actinopterygii, Sarcopterygii

Collection Data

Collection Name AUM Fish Collection
Collection Identifier AUM-F
Parent Collection Identifier Auburn University Museum of Natural History
Specimen preservation methods Alcohol
Curatorial Units Between 60,000 and 70,000 Lots

Additional Metadata

Alternative Identifiers d499aef2-b1d9-4890-aeb3-5f0d1237b513