CAS Ichthyology (ICH)

Latest version published by California Academy of Sciences on Jul 15, 2024 California Academy of Sciences

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The electronic catalog of the ichthyology collection at the California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco.

Data Records

The data in this occurrence resource has been published as a Darwin Core Archive (DwC-A), which is a standardized format for sharing biodiversity data as a set of one or more data tables. The core data table contains 217,333 records.

1 extension data tables also exist. An extension record supplies extra information about a core record. The number of records in each extension data table is illustrated below.

Occurrence (core)

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How to cite

Researchers should cite this work as follows:

Catania D, Fong J (2024). CAS Ichthyology (ICH). Version 150.429. California Academy of Sciences. Occurrence dataset.


Researchers should respect the following rights statement:

The publisher and rights holder of this work is California Academy of Sciences. To the extent possible under law, the publisher has waived all rights to these data and has dedicated them to the Public Domain (CC0 1.0). Users may copy, modify, distribute and use the work, including for commercial purposes, without restriction.

GBIF Registration

This resource has been registered with GBIF, and assigned the following GBIF UUID: 5d6c10bd-ea31-4363-8b79-58c96d859f5b.  California Academy of Sciences publishes this resource, and is itself registered in GBIF as a data publisher endorsed by GBIF-US.


Ichthyology; Fishes; Fish; Occurrence; Specimen; Occurrence


David Catania
  • Originator
  • Point Of Contact
Collection Manager, Ichthyology
California Academy of Sciences
55 Music Concourse Drive
94118 San Francisco
+1 (415) 379-5279
Jon Fong
  • Metadata Provider
California Academy of Sciences
55 Music Concourse Drive
94118 San Francisco
+1 (415) 379-5280
Luiz Rocha
  • Curator
California Academy of Sciences
55 Music Concourse Drive
94118 San Francisco
+1 (415) 379-5370

Geographic Coverage

The collection's scope is world-wide, with particular strengths in the tropical Indo-Pacific and South America.

Bounding Coordinates South West [-90, -180], North East [90, 180]

Taxonomic Coverage

The collection's scope is vertebrate animals commonly understood as fishes.

Class Myxini, Elasmobranchii, Holocephali, Actinopterygii, Sarcopterygii

Temporal Coverage

Start Date / End Date 1827-01-01 / 2021-01-01

Collection Data

Collection Name CAS Ichthyology
Collection Identifier CASICH
Parent Collection Identifier CAS
Curatorial Units Between 220,000 and 230,000 Lots

Additional Metadata

Maintenance Description Updated each Monday around 2:30 PM Pacific time.
Alternative Identifiers 5d6c10bd-ea31-4363-8b79-58c96d859f5b