A new paper reveals that the iconic abundance of fishes on reefs is fueled by an unlikely source: tiny, bottom-dwelling reef fishes.
Katherine Maslenikov, Collections Manager for the Burke's Ichthyology Collection, helps with underwater fieldwork in Roatan, Honduras.
Burke Museum scientists leading effort to create a digital encyclopedia of 3D vertebrate specimens.
A new species of goby was discovered while being chased by an invasive lionfish outside of Curacao.
Researchers are uncovering new insights about the early stages of life for several Puget Sound fishes.
From preservation processes to cutting-edge research—the Burke Museum fish collection is a fascinating place to visit!
This collection is comprised of roughly 2.4 million pairs of fish otoliths, representing 83 species in 41 genera and 17 families.
The Burke’s Ichthyology Collection includes more than 11 million specimens, including adults, juveniles, larvae, eggs, skeletons, tissues, otoliths and scales. Roughly 98% of the Ichthyology Collection is cataloged, databased and available to search.
Ted Pietsch retired in July after 37 years as Burke Museum curator of fishes and professor in the UW School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences.
In total, 253 fish species have been recorded in the Salish Sea, and that’s about 14 percent more than in the last count.
You thought you had a quirky feature? You’ve got nothing on these fish!