SIO Marine Vertebrate Collection

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The Marine Vertebrate Collection of Scripps Institution of Oceanography maintains approximately 2 million alcohol-preserved specimens in over 120,000 lots, representing more than 5,600 species of fishes. The Collection maintains worldwide holdings of deep-sea and pelagic fishes as well as extensive holdings of shore fishes from the entire eastern Pacific. The Collection includes primary types of over 200 species (type catalog), skeletal preparations (both dried and cleared-and-stained) for over 1,000 species (osteology catalog), otoliths from approximately 1,100 species (otolith collection), and tissues for DNA from over 1,200 species. Collection data for approximately 110,000 lots are available on a searchable database. The Marine Vertebrate Collection supports scientific research by providing specimens for studies on the taxonomy, evolution, and ecology of fishes. Specimens are available for examination at Scripps and for loan to researchers at recognized institutions (loan policy). The Marine Vertebrate Collection also plays an integral role in the support of graduate courses and research at Scripps.

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Scripps Institution of Oceanography Marine Vertebrate Collection


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Occurrence; Specimen; Occurrence


Ben Frable
  • Metadata Provider
  • Originator
  • Point Of Contact
Collection Manager
Scripps Institution of Oceanography
University of California, San Diego 0208, 9500 Gilman Drive
92093-0208 La Jolla
David Bloom
  • Programmer
VertNet Coordinator
Laura Russell
  • Programmer
VertNet Programmer
John Wieczorek
  • Programmer
Information Architect
Philip Hastings
  • Curator
Scripps Institution of Oceanography
9500 Gilman Drive
92093-0208 La Jolla
HJ Walker
  • Content Provider
Emeritus Collection Manager
Scripps Institution of Oceanography

Geographic Coverage

The collection maintains worldwide holdings of deep-sea and pelagic fishes as well as extensive holdings of shore fishes from the entire eastern Pacific.

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

Taxonomic Coverage

The Marine Vertebrates Collection primarily encompasses marine fishes; however, a number of marine reptiles are present in the collection.

Class Actinopterygii, Aves, Cephalaspidomorphi, Chondrichthyes, Elasmobranchii, Holocephali, Leptocardii, Mammalia, Myxini, Reptilia, Sarcopterygii

Temporal Coverage

Formation Period 1944-current

Additional Metadata and

Alternative Identifiers e1a01804-881b-42ae-8f97-1e80f697fd56