Ichthyology

Collections

  • With about one million specimens, the RMCA collection of fishes is the largest collection of fresh- and brackish water fishes from Africa in the world.
    The collection contains the type material of about one third of the described African fish species.
    The collection is entirely digitalised and can be searched through FishBase – Fish Collections.
    Scientific coordinators: J. Snoeks and E. Vreven
    Collection manager: M. Parrent
  • For the great lakes region, the Museum equally has the largest collection of type specimens from lakes Kivu and Tanganyika, some of which date back to the founding of the Museum. Recently an important collection of a few hundred, mostly undescribed, lake Malawai species has been added.
    Scientific coordinator: J. Snoeks
    Collection manager: M. Parrent

Online collections

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