Our Australian National Fish Collection contains mostly marine species, particularly deepwater fishes and sharks and rays from Australia, Antarctica and the Indo-Pacific region.

Since its foundation in 1943, our collection has grown to house more than 157,000 fish specimens representing some 3,500 species.

CSIRO's John Pogonoski capturing data from a digital radiograph  ©

We currently hold over 230 holotypes (primary type specimens) and nearly 1,900 paratypes (supplementary type specimens) for more than 420 species.

Specimen types are used in the original scientific description of a new species and are our most important specimens.

The collection also houses more than:

  • 71,000 images of fishes
  • 12,000 x-rays
  • 18,500 tissues for genetic analyses.

We are located at CSIRO's Hobart site, which is the headquarters for the organisation's marine research and the home port of our Marine National Facility.

Interested in helping us further this research?

We seek research collaborators with complementary skills so we can work together for stronger results.

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