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Specimen Record

CountrySouth Africa
LocalityKalk Bay, Cape Peninsula
Institution CodeSio
Collection CodeMarine Vertebrates
Catalog Number02-119
Collected BySouth African Museum, Cape Town
Date Collected1967-01-12

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The Marine Vertebrate Collection of Scripps Institution of Oceanography maintains approximately 2 million alcohol-preserved specimens in over 120,000 lots, representing more than 5,600 species of fishes. The Collection maintains worldwide holdings of deep-sea and pelagic fishes as well as extensive holdings of shore fishes from the entire eastern Pacific. The Collection includes primary types of over 200 species (type catalog), skeletal preparations (both dried and cleared-and-stained) for over 1,000 species (osteology catalog), otoliths from approximately 1,100 species (otolith collection), and tissues for DNA from over 1,200 species. Collection data for approximately 110,000 lots are available on a searchable database. The Marine Vertebrate Collection supports scientific research by providing specimens for studies on the taxonomy, evolution, and ecology of fishes. Specimens are available for examination at Scripps and for loan to researchers at recognized institutions (loan policy). The Marine Vertebrate Collection also plays an integral role in the support of graduate courses and research at Scripps.


Name Ben Frable
RoleCollection Manager
Name Ben Frable
RoleCollection Manager
Name David Bloom
RoleVertNet Coordinator
Name Laura Russell
RoleVertNet Programmer
Name John Wieczorek
RoleInformation Architect
Name Philip Hastings
Name HJ Walker
RoleEmeritus Collection Manager
Name Ben Frable
RoleCollection Manager
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