Established in 1987, the Ichthyology collection is an actively growing, relative newcomer to Royal Alberta Museum. Most of the over 85,000 fish specimens are preserved in 70% ethanol, but the collection also contains about 1000 dried skeletal preparations, 2000 tissues in super-cold storage, and 100 mounted and cast specimens. The majority of the material is from Alberta. The fishes of the Canadian Shield area north of Lake Athabasca, the Beaver River drainage, and the North Saskatchewan River near Edmonton are particularly well represented in the collection.
We welcome requests for further collection information. Specimen loans are available upon request. Please contact the Curator, Ichthyology.