Museum of Vertebrate Zoology Fish Specimens (Arctos)

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The MVZ Fish collection was founded in 2019. It contains fluid-preserved and cleared and stained specimens. Nearly all samples are preserved to enable later DNA extractions. The collection is especially strong in Caribbean and West African fishes. Living collections of Cyprinodon pupfishes and Cameroon crater lake cichlids are also available. The collections are commonly used for genomic sequencing, functional morphology, morphometrics, systematics, course-based undergraduate research experiences, and ecological studies using stomach contents and stable isotope analysis.

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Museum of Vertebrate Zoology (MVZ), University of California, Berkeley


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Occurrence; Specimen; Occurrence; Specimen


Christopher Martin
  • Originator
  • Point Of Contact
Associate Curator of Fishes
Museum of Vertebrate Zoology, UC Berkeley
3101 Valley Life Science Building
94720-3160 Museum of Vertebrate Zoology, UC Berkeley
Michelle Koo
  • Metadata Provider
  • Point Of Contact
Biodiversity Informatics and GIS Staff Curator
Museum of Vertebrate Zoology, UC Berkeley
3101 Valley Life Science Building
94720-3160 Berkeley
Rebecca Abrams
  • Point Of Contact
Collection Manager
Museum of Vertebrate Zoology, UC Berkeley
3101 Valley Life Science Building
94720-3160 Berkeley
David Bloom
  • Programmer
VertNet Coordinator
Dusty McDonald
  • Programmer
Arctos Database Programmer
John Wieczorek
  • Programmer
Information Architect

Geographic Coverage

Global- North America, South America, Asia, Africa, Pacific Ocean, Atlantic Ocean

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

Taxonomic Coverage

All bony fishes (Class Osteichthyes), cartilaginous fishes (Class Chondrichthyes), and jawless fishes (Cyclostomi).

Superclass Cyclostomi
Class Osteichthyes, Chondrichthyes

Temporal Coverage

Living Time Period Historic to present

Collection Data

Collection Name Museum of Vertebrate Zoology Fish specimens
Collection Identifier
Parent Collection Identifier MVZ
Specimen preservation methods Alcohol,  Deep frozen,  Glycerin

Additional Metadata

MVZ Terms of Use:;

Purpose Research and education
Alternative Identifiers 31fd4785-7ed4-422f-91fa-03b3833937a0