The Australian National Fish Collection, based at CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research, Hobart, is a comprehensive and internationally-renowned biodiversity reference and research facility.

Since its foundation by Ian Munro in 1943, the collection has grown to house more than 148 000 finfish specimens representing more than 3 000 species. These include Australian, Antarctic and Indo-Pacific oceanic, inshore, estuarine and river fishes.

The Collection holds 195 holotypes (primary type speciments) and 1540 paratypes (supplementary specimens) of 300 newly described species. It also contains a substantial amount of voucher material relating to published books and papers, illustrations and photographs. A valuable component of the Collection is the large Photographic Index of Australian Fishes and the radiographs, which are useful for detailed bone studies. The Collection also contains hundreds of jars of ichthyoplankton (fish eggs and larval fish), some of which are unsorted, and collections of otoliths (ear bones, for determining the age of fish).

The collection was established in 1943 and continues to the present.

Taxonomic range

Kingdoms covered include: Animalia.

Number of specimens in the collection

The estimated number of specimens in the Australian National Fish Collection is 148,000.

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Digitised records available through the Atlas

The Australian National Fish Collection has an estimated 148,000 specimens.

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