Visitor and Loan Policies

Visitation Policy

Researchers are encouraged to examine specimens at Scripps and visitors should make arrangements with Collection staff prior to their visit. We recommend a visit if you intend to examine many specimens or exceedingly rare material.

We offer prearranged collection tours for groups (school, outreach, continued learning, aquarium club, etc). We do not currently have a public display. We have limited time and space for tours and try to limit group sizes to under 30 people.

To arrange a tour, please contact Ben Frable, Collection Manager, at least 3 weeks in advance of your desired date.


Loan Policy

Specimens are also available for loan to qualified researchers at recognized institutions. Loans normally are made for a period of one year, though extensions may be granted. We encourage the request of and are happy to provide photographs or x-ray images of specimens prior to a loan to determine if the loan is necessary. 

Specimens on loan may not be transferred without written permission.

Dissection or any other technique that alters the specimen must be authorized. 

Holotypes or rare specimens normally are not loaned. Holotypes and paratypes of new species will be retained at Scripps.

Paratypes may be distributed to other qualified institutions after authorization from the Curator.

We REQUIRE that the Collection be acknowledged in publications resulting from the use of specimens or data and a reprint is requested for the Collection library. The appropriate acronym is "SIO".

For further information, to arrange a visit, or to request the loan of specimens, please contact the Collection personnel.