The permanent collection of fishes includes more than 350,000 specimens, with representatives of all major groups of living fishes in the world. The holdings include many specimens from the northern Gulf of Mexico, but there are important collections from the Hawaiian Islands, Mexico, Central and South America, Vietnam, Taiwan, Australia, and many other places around the Indo-West Pacific.

More than 150 research papers, theses, and dissertations have been based wholly, or in part, on the collection of fishes. Forty graduate students (20 M.S. and 20 Ph.D.) completed degree programs with research based wholly, or in part, on the museum’s fish collection.

Search the LSU Fish Collection using FishNet2 and search under Institution Code LSUMZ – for loans please email Curator Chakrabarty (prosanta@lsu.edu)

View the LSUMNS Google Scholar Citation page. 

Chakrabarty Lab

Research Collections and Ichthyology Curation Page

e-mail Prosanta Chakrabarty, Curator

Ways to Give to Ichthyology

Donate online and select the Ichthyology Research Support Fund.

If you would like to mail a donation, make checks payable to the LSU Foundation and denote Ichthyology Research Support Fund in the memo field. Mail check to:

LSU Museum of Natural Science
119 Foster Hall
Baton Rouge, LA 70803

Information about planned gifts is available at lsufoundation.planmylegacy.org.

We greatly appreciate your support!

Donations are tax-deductible.


multiple species of fish

Prosanta and colleague in a boat on a river