The cataloged invertebrate collection contains over 115,000 cataloged lots of marine organisms which document the biodiversity of Florida’s marine ecosystems.

The specimens in the collection represent unique records of the vast diversity of invertebrate marine life associated with Florida’s complex marine and estuarine environments. More than 13,500 collecting sites represent the geographical coverage of the collection. The specimens were collected principally from Florida, Gulf of Mexico, and Caribbean localities, along with miscellaneous collection sites around the world.

To request a specimen loan or additional information, contact the collection manager.

Laura Wiggins
Invertebrate Collection Manager
FWC Fish and Wildlife Research Institute
100 Eighth Avenue SE
St. Petersburg, FL 33701-5095
Phone: 727-896-8626, ext. 1210
Fax: 727-823-0166
E-mail: InvertColl@MyFWC.com

 

FWRI Collection Policy and Loan Conditions

 

For assistance in identifying your beach finds or any rare or unusual invertebrates please contact us at: SIS@MyFWC.com

 



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