The University of Arizona Fish Collection includes more than 12,000 lots representing over 950 species and approximately 175,000 specimens. There are over 2,300 cataloged collections, the earliest of which was made in 1925 and the most recent in 1998. However, the majority of the collections (ca 75%) were made between 1964 and 1978. The geographic coverage of the Fish Collection is primarily the Tropical Eastern Pacific, especially the Gulf of California. Another significant element is freshwater fishes from Arizona and northwestern Mexico. The Fish Collection is curated by Dr. Donald A. Thomson and Dr. Peter N. Reinthal, and is housed on the main campus of the University of Arizona in Biological Sciences East Room 2.


Questions concerning the collection should be directed to:

Dr. Peter Reinthal
Associate Curator of Fishes & Invertebrates
Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
University of Arizona
Tucson, AZ 85721
(520) 621-7518
Fax: (520) 621-9190


George Bradley, Herpetology Collections Manager, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Arizona,Tucson, Arizona 85721(520) 621-3187, All contents copyright : 2006 The University of Arizona Museum of Natural History. Photographs copyright 2006: Alex Badyaev. Website design by: GC Greene, G Bradley, & Alex Badyaev 2006