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Museum of Wildlife and Fish Biology / Fish

   Education and Conservation through Preservation™
students using fish specimens

UC Davis undergraduates learn fish identification and morphology from MWFB fish specimens in Dept. of Wildlife, Fish, and Conservation Biology course Biology and Conservation of Fishes WFC-120 Lab.

Fish Collection

The fish collection was started in 1976 and grew as a direct result of the research conducted by Dr. Peter B. Moyle and his graduate students. Moyle developed the collection to assist teaching and forward the completion of the classic text, Inland Fishes of California (Moyle 2003). The MWFB Ichthyology Collection is the fourth largest in the state of California, and the largest university based collection in the state. It contains 4,000 lots of fish comprising 15,000 specimens. Its emphasis is on inland fish of California and in this capacity it is among the most important modern collections with this emphasis in the United States. These materials are irreplaceable due to dramatic losses of California's native fish habitat. In addition to inland California, the collection emphasizes near shore species of California and Baja California. The MWFB Ichthyology collection also houses excellent collections of fish from Antarctica, Sri Lanka (again emphasizing inland species), tropical Hawaii, and other North American localities.

fish collection room

Undergraduage Student Intern, Edith Jovel, curating specimens in the Museum of WFB Ichthyology reference collection room.


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