About the ANFC
About our fish collection
This active collection is a vital resource and reference for Australia's marine biodiversity, supporting research to improve our understanding of our marine fishes.
What our fish collection holds
The ANFC contains mostly marine species, particularly deep water fishes and sharks and rays from Australia, Antarctica and the Indo-Pacific region.
While Australian seas contain a great richness of species, there's also a high proportion of endemic species. An understanding of diversity patterns in neighbouring waters is crucial to interpreting our biodiversity.
Using environmental DNA to study fishes
The complex mixture of DNA found in seawater and other environmental samples can provide information about which animals are present in an area. This "environmental" DNA has the potential to revolutionise how we study marine biodiversity.
Regional development for marine sustainability
We're working with Australia's neighbouring countries, particularly Indonesia and Papua New Guinea (PNG) to develop effective sustainable fisheries management and provide capacity building to in-country fisheries agencies and universities.
Rays of the World
Rays of the World is the first illustrated guide to the world's stingrays, skates, electric rays and sawfishes since the first ray was described by Linnaeus, the founder of modern taxonomy, in 1758.