Cleared and Stained Fish

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When I lived in Austin, I worked at UT's natural history collections in the ichthyology department. They recruited me to photograph our cleared and stained fish collection. Here are some of my favorite shots from that.

These are all for the Fishes of Texas Project database, which is hosted by UT's Biodiversity Collections:
www.fishesoftexas.org

I used an old, rickety light box and a D5200 with a Tamron 90mm. It was often a frustrating process because the specimens are stored in glycerin, which would inevitably get all over my hands, clothes, and the light box.

Reddish colors are bone and bluish colors are cartilage (not always 100% perfect but most of these are pretty high quality stains).

Species names are included for most of them, if you're curious!

Antennarius radiosus:
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Peprilus burti:
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Etheostoma lepidum:
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Strongylura marina:
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Narcine bancroftii:
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Centrarchus macropterus:
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Oligoplites saurus:
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Don't know the species for this one:
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Bagre marinus:
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Lepomis megalotis:
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So neat!!
 

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There is something you don't see every day. Very interesting and colorful. Thanks for sharing them.
 

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Very fun to look at! Thank you for posting these.
 
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Thanks everyone, they are really neat specimens!
 

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When I lived in Austin, I worked at UT's natural history collections in the ichthyology department. They recruited me to photograph our cleared and stained fish collection. Here are some of my favorite shots from that.

These are all for the Fishes of Texas Project database, which is hosted by UT's Biodiversity Collections:
www.fishesoftexas.org

I used an old, rickety light box and a D5200 with a Tamron 90mm. It was often a frustrating process because the specimens are stored in glycerin, which would inevitably get all over my hands, clothes, and the light box.

Reddish colors are bone and bluish colors are cartilage (not always 100% perfect but most of these are pretty high quality stains).

Species names are included for most of them, if you're curious!

Antennarius radiosus: (Single spot Frogfish) Atlantic
mfzQAtW.jpg


Peprilus burti: (Gulf butterfish) Saltwater Gulf of Mexico
RxnB24W.jpg


Etheostoma lepidum: Greenthroat Darter, freshwater Texas
PXA8ZOB.jpg


Strongylura marina: (Atlantic needlefish)
YtO4VqT.jpg


Narcine bancroftii: Caribbean or lesser electric ray
AXH5gtn.jpg


Centrarchus macropterus: (Flier-type of Sunfish, Freshwater, Southeastern US
6j9a0cD.jpg


Oligoplites saurus: Leather Jack, Saltwater, Atlantic Gulf of Mexico Pacific Indian Oceans
Qotchqh.jpg


Don't know the species for this one:
9dpquBO.jpg


Bagre marinus: Gafftopsail Catfish, Saltwater Atlantic and connected American continental waters. Venomous spines
qw4eeZ6.jpg


Lepomis megalotis: Longear Sunfish
KkHFa0l.jpg

Added some common name and locality information, because I was curious and wanted to share.
 

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Thanks for posting! I went to the website, and would never in a million years, have figured out how to find these, nor even known that they existed :)
 

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This is super cool! The fish and your photos! :)

Thanks for posting them. :)
 

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