Special Collections and Resources

Special Collections


Tissue Collection

We maintain tissue samples from more than 1,200 species in 95% ethanol. At the moment, our tissue collection records are not published online. To inquire about our holdings and request tissues samples, please email the Collection Manager, Ben Frable, bfrable@ucsd.edu

Osteological Collection

The Marine Vertebrate Collection has over 1,050 species represented in the osteological collection. This collection consists of dried skeletal preparations, usually as skulls with the paired fins, but occasionally with vertebral elements) and cleared-and-stained material.

Otolith Collection

Otoliths from over 750 species

​Please note: these records are quite outdated, we hope to update them in late 2020.


Collection Resources


Type Catalog

A catalog of the primary and secondary types in the MVC assembled by Cindy Klepadlo (Update coming in late 2020!)

Equipment and Physical Resources

  • Digital x-ray machine; 10” x 12” plate
  • Specimen imaging area
    • Copy stand
    • Lighting
    • Backgrounds
    • squeeze tanks
  • Digital microscope camera
  • Extensive library of books and reprints
  • Expert fish identification

Online Ichthyological Resources

Other major West Coast Ichthyology Collections: