SAIAB Frog Collection shelving Large tanks
Bufonidae Refurbished Molecular Lab Ecophysiology Lab

Collections and Associated Laboratories Platform

SAIAB is the custodian of the National Fish Collection of South Africa.  The collection consists of about 80 000 lots of fish specimens (containing at least 650 000 individual fish specimens) from southern Africa and surrounding oceans, and from elsewhere in the world.  It is the world’s largest collection of southern African fishes.

As well as adult and larval specimens preserved in propanol and ethanol (the vast majority), the collection and associated material consists of preparations of genetic material, cleared and stained preparations, dry skins and skeletons, otoliths, X-rays, photographs, drawings and paintings of fishes.

About 7500 species in about 400 families are represented in the collection.

Read more about the Collection Facility

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Link to the Molecular Laboratory page

Link to the Aquatic Ecophysiology Research Platform (AERP) page

SAIAB Collections data - Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) Data Search

GBIF data includes the whole SAIAB National Fish CollectionAmphibian Collection and collection of Invertebrates as well as observations and images

Amphibian Collection

Diversifying the natural history collection has been an on-going focus of curation at SAIAB for some years.


Search the Marine fish eggs and larvae from the east coast of South Africa database compiled by the late Dr Allan Connell and hosted by SAIAB.