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Ichthyology
Monacanthus ciliatus, fringed filefish

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.

Rockfishes

Researchers are uncovering new insights about the early stages of life for several Puget Sound fishes.

open cabinet in the fish collection displaying thousands of preserved fish specimens

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.

Ichthyology specimens

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 in the Burke fish collections.

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.

An illustration of the longfin sculpin (Jordania zonope)

In total, 253 fish species have been recorded in the Salish Sea, and that’s about 14 percent more than in the last count.

A deep-sea anglerfish

You thought you had a quirky feature? You’ve got nothing on these fish!

Himantolophus stewarti described by Ted as new to science in 2011.

That’s a face only a mother could love!… Or maybe a scientist.

golden king crab

Study finds egg masses of snailfishes deposited inside the gill cavity of North Pacific king crabs using molecular techniques.

Fluffy Sculpin

Fishes are a vital part of our economy, marine environment, and regional identity; but do we even know our own fishes? 

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