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Collection Information


Coverage—Taxonomic and Geographic

The Ichthyology Collection contains 1634 species from 239 families, in 52 orders (following Nelson, 2006).

Most of our specimens are from the freshwaters of Texas, with some marine collections from the Gulf of Mexico. Our Texas and Gulf of Mexico holdings account for 72% of our collection.

The collection also contains significant holdings from the marine and freshwaters of Mexico (2275 lots), and the freshwaters of Costa Rica (1372 lots), Venezuela (1969 lots) and Zambia (997 lots), among other countries. We have specimens from other parts of the United States as well—AK, AL, AR (393 lots), AZ, CA, CO, FL (556 lots), IL, KA, KT, LA, MI, MO, MS, NC, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OK, OR, Puerto Rico, SC, Virgin Is., WA, and WI.


Texas drainage and aquifer maps

Texas County Highway Maps


Fish type shelves

Type specimens

The type collection (excluding gifted specimens) includes 2 holotypes (Gambusia clarkhubbsi, and Menidia clarkhubbsi), 95 paratypes (4,037 individual specimens), and one allotype. 46 species are represented. The type specimens are housed in Fish Room 1, in a separate area from the rest of the collections. The paratypes have a red ribbon tied around the neck, the holotype a blue ribbon. Most of the older specimens are in isopropanol, and recently donated types are in 70% non-denatured ethanol. All specimens are stored in glass jars with polypropylene lids. The original card files, and type specimen literature are stored in the collection’s managers office.






Clark Hubbs left his personal fish/natural history/research library to the TNHC upon his passing. Thanks to the hard work of a dedicated masters of Information Science student it is now neatly organized into proper archival storage. The contents are far more secure for long term preservation, and easily accessible. As a result these papers are far more valuable not only those of us who work in this collection, but also to future researchers.

View The Clark Hubbs Papers.