Sternberg Museum of Natural History (FHSM) Ichthyology Collection

The Ichthyology Collection consists of over 26,000 specimens, primarily from the Great Plains. Because of recent contracts with both state and federal wildlife agencies, this collection is rapidly growing and has become a major regional depository for Great Plains fishes.


Data Access

The collection can be accessed using the following link

Terms of Use

The Division of Ichthyology specimens, databases, and images are owned and copyrighted by the Sternberg Museum of Natural History or licensed to it. The data and images may be used freely by individuals and organizations for purposes of basic research, education, and conservation. These data and images may not be used for commercial or for-profit purposes without the express written consent of the Sternberg Museum of Natural History, and may not be repackaged, resold, or redistributed in any form. Use of the data or images in publications, dissertations, and theses, or other scientific reports, should be accompanied by an acknowledgment of the Division of Ichthyology, Sternberg Museum of Natural History, as the source for the information. Please provide the Department with separate articles resulting from the use of these data or images. This helps us to document the use of specimens as “vouchers” in the literature. It also helps us to justify continued funding for the collections so that these resources remain available in the future.


The FHSM Staff is available for outreach programs at various levels (Grade School through High School, and adult organizations). Email Education and Outreach Director, Ian Trevethan, at ijtrevethan@fhsu.edu for more information.


Visiting the collections is encouraged, when possible, especially when dealing with type and/or rare specimens. Please contact the appropriate Curator and Collections Manager for more information.

Please direct all specimen inquiries to:
Dr. Laura E. Wilson, Chief Curator (lewilson6@fhsu.edu)
Dr. William J. "Bill" Stark, Associate Curator (wstark@fhsu.edu)