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Ichthyology Collection

There are over 160,000 cataloged lots in the collection, with another 60,000 lots that are currently uncataloged. Of the cataloged lots, there are approximately 4,600 from freshwater or nearshore areas of the south Florida counties Monroe, Dade, Collier, Lee, Broward, Palm Beach, Hendry, Martin, Glades, and Charlotte. Collections from offshore areas of south Florida, including Florida Bay and the Florida Keys, as well as areas still further offshore, total approximately 29,000. The territory covered by South Florida Aquatic Environments includes about 34,000 lots of cataloged fishes within the Ichthyology Collection at the Florida Museum of Natural History.

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Addition of the UMML Collection

The University of Miami Marine Lab Collection of Fishes (UMML), transferred to the Florida Museum of Natural History Ichthyology Collection (UF) in 1995, contributed a significant portion of the approximately 34,000 lots of UF fishes hailing from South Florida Aquatic Environments. Specifically, historically important collections of shore and reef fishes from the Florida Keys in addition to a number of collections from the Straits of Florida are among the most valuable.

For information regarding the Ichthyology Collection at the Florida Museum of Natural History, be sure to visit our Ichthyology Collection web pages.