Description

The Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory (MAGNT) Ichthyology Collection was established in 1981. It contains over 38,000 databased lots and about 250,000 specimens including 90 holotypes and 500 paratype lots. The collection was founded by a significant donation from NT Fisheries, and has subsequently continued to grow through MAGNT field collecting activities, voucher collections lodged by external researchers (e.g. the Arid Zone and JETINDOFISH collections), museum exchanges and public donations.

The collection's emphasis is on the marine, estuarine and freshwater fishes of Northern and Central Australia, Southeast Asia and the Indo-West Pacific. One of the collections strengths is the large and diverse holdings of tropical gobies.

Most of the collection has been fixed in 10% formalin before being transferred into 70% ethanol for long term storage. Recently, frozen and ethanol-fixed tissue samples matched to voucher specimens have been kept for genetic studies.

Specimens can be lent to workers at other institutions upon application and the MAGNT also welcomes visiting researchers.

The collection was established in 1981 and continues to the present.

Taxonomic range

The collection has substantial holdings from all of the major tropical fish families. One of the collection’s strengths is the large and diverse holdings of tropical gobies (Gobiidae).

Kingdoms covered include: Animalia.

Geographic range

Northern and Central Australia, the adjacent Southeast Asian region and the Indo-West Pacific.

Number of specimens in the collection

The estimated number of specimens in the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory Ichthyology Collection is 250,000.

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The Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory Ichthyology Collection has an estimated 250,000 specimens.

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