NCSM Ichthyology Collection

Latest version published by North Carolina State Museum of Natural Sciences on Jul 12, 2022 North Carolina State Museum of Natural Sciences

Download the latest version of this resource data as a Darwin Core Archive (DwC-A) or the resource metadata as EML or RTF:

Data as a DwC-A file download 111,242 records in English (14 MB) - Update frequency: biannually
Metadata as an EML file download in English (24 KB)
Metadata as an RTF file download in English (10 KB)


The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences' Ichthyology Collection contains approximately 1.3 million specimens (110,000+ lots). It is one of the largest and most complete regional collections in the United States and currently meets the criteria of the American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists for recognition as a National Center Ichthyological Collection. Founded in the late 1800s, the collection consists of approximately 75% North Carolina material, although 48 states, 42 countries, and more than 1948 species are represented. Important recent acquisitions include large collections from Duke, North Carolina State, Stockton State, and Western Carolina universities, Mars Hill College, and the University of North Carolina’s Institute of Marine Sciences. The collection houses fluid-preserved specimens, cleared and stained material, skeletons, tissues for molecular analyses, and all supporting legacy data.

Data Records

The data in this occurrence resource has been published as a Darwin Core Archive (DwC-A), which is a standardized format for sharing biodiversity data as a set of one or more data tables. The core data table contains 92,562 records.

This IPT archives the data and thus serves as the data repository. The data and resource metadata are available for download in the downloads section. The versions table lists other versions of the resource that have been made publicly available and allows tracking changes made to the resource over time.


The table below shows only published versions of the resource that are publicly accessible.

How to cite

Researchers should cite this work as follows:

Hogue G, Hughes L, Norton B (2014): NCSM Ichthyology Collection. North Carolina State Museum of Natural Sciences. Dataset/Occurrence.


Researchers should respect the following rights statement:

The publisher and rights holder of this work is North Carolina State Museum of Natural Sciences. To the extent possible under law, the publisher has waived all rights to these data and has dedicated them to the Public Domain (CC0 1.0). Users may copy, modify, distribute and use the work, including for commercial purposes, without restriction.

GBIF Registration

This resource has been registered with GBIF, and assigned the following GBIF UUID: 2a79f202-3f3a-4d54-88fa-09aa8de1ac73.  North Carolina State Museum of Natural Sciences publishes this resource, and is itself registered in GBIF as a data publisher endorsed by U.S. Geological Survey.


Occurrence; Specimen; Occurrence


Ben Norton
  • Metadata Provider
  • Originator
Head of Technology
North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences
11 West Jones Street
27601 Raleigh
Gabriela Hogue
  • Originator
  • Point Of Contact
Collections Manager of Fishes
North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences
11 West Jones Street
27601 Raleigh
Laura Russell
  • Programmer
VertNet Programmer
David Bloom
  • Programmer
VertNet Coordinator
John Wieczorek
  • Programmer
Information Architect
Museum of Vertebrate Zoology at UC Berkeley

Geographic Coverage

The geographic coverage of the Ichthyology Collection covers 61 countries on 6 continents and 3 major oceans.

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

Taxonomic Coverage

No Description available

Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Actinopterygii, Chondrichthyes, Petromyzontida, Myxini, Sarcopterygii, Leptocardii
Order Alepocephaliformes, Acipenseriformes, Albuliformes, Amiiformes, Amphioxiformes, Anguilliformes, Aphredoderiformes, Argentiniformes, Ateleopodiformes, Atheriniformes, Aulopiformes, Batrachoidiformes, Beloniformes, Beryciformes, Carcharhiniformes, Ceratodontiformes, Characiformes, Chimaeriformes, Clupeiformes, Cypriniformes, Cyprinodontiformes, Echinorhiniformes, Elopiformes, Esociformes, Gadiformes, Gasterosteiformes, Gonorynchiformes, Gymnotiformes, Heterodontiformes, Hexanchiformes, Hiodontiformes, Lamniformes, Lampriformes, Lepisosteiformes, Lophiiformes, Mugiliformes, Myctophiformes, Myliobatiformes, Myxiniformes, Notacanthiformes, Ophidiiformes, Orectolobiformes, Osmeriformes, Osteoglossiformes, Perciformes, Percopsiformes, Petromyzontiformes, Pleuronectiformes, Polymixiiformes, Pristiformes, Rajiformes, Saccopharyngiformes, Salmoniformes, Scorpaeniformes, Siluriformes, Squaliformes, Squatiniformes, Stephanoberyciformes, Stomiiformes, Synbranchiformes, Tetraodontiformes, Torpediniformes, Zeiformes

Temporal Coverage

Start Date / End Date 1850-01-01 / 2021-12-01

Collection Data

Collection Name Ichthyology Collection of the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences
Collection Identifier NCSM-Fishes
Parent Collection Identifier Not applicable

Additional Metadata

Alternative Identifiers 2a79f202-3f3a-4d54-88fa-09aa8de1ac73