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Fish preserves

August 22, 2017 1:30 PM
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Photo by Paula Burch-Celentano pburch@tulane.edu
  

 

 

Jars filled with Norfolk spot collected from Perdido Bay, Florida, in the late 1970s and early 1980s sit on shelves as part of the Royal D. Suttkus Fish Collection at the Tulane University Biodiversity Research Institute. With over 7 million specimens in over 200,000 lots, the collection is the largest stockpile of post-larval fishes in the world. Royal D. Suttkus joined the Tulane University faculty in 1950 and immediately began building the modern fish collection on a foundation of just two mounted fish specimens left over from the early natural history museum.