MCP-Peixes - Coleção de Peixes

PUC - Pontifícia Universidade Católica
PUC-RS - Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio Grande do Sul
Museu de Ciências e Tecnologia
Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio Grande do Sul;
Museu de Ciências e Tecnologia;
Av. Ipiranga 6681 - prédio 40
Porto Alegre - RS - Brazil

The collection has over 47,100 lots (estimated at more than 500,000 specimens), and is constituted by 85% of freshwater fish from South America and 15% of the marine coast of the states of Rio Grande do Sul and Santa Catarina.
It comprises, along with two other large collections (MZUSP and MNRJ) the most comprehensive set of large-scale faunal surveys currently available for Brazilian freshwater fishes (Nogueira et al., 2010).
The collection has a large number of lots from the Uruguay River basin, coastal rivers of the Rio Grande do Sul, Patos Lagoon and Tramandaí River systems, with representatives of all know species of the state. There is also material collected from most Brazilian coastal rivers, and the São Francisco and Paraná River basins. Lots from the Amazon basin refer mainly to the Amazon, Tocantins, Tapajós, Xingu, Purus and Madeira systems, in Brazil, and Ucayali River basin in Peru. The collection also has representatives from northeastern Brazil, which includes 46 species. This collection from the northeast is important as a reference for future work, because the region has its rivers heavily impacted by plantations of sugar cane, dams and introductions of exotic species.
The collection has an important material testimony from some regions of the state, presently transformed in lakes of hydroelectric plants.
The collection includes 14,110 type specimens, of which 231 are holotypes.

Online since: 01/03/2012
Last update: 19/07/2024

Number of records

Total: 54,585
Online: 55,308
Georeferenced: 53,139
(by municipality: 1,255)
With images: 18

Conditions for using the data

The information on database of the Fish Collection of the Museum of Science and Technology of the Pontifical Catholic University (MCT-PUCRS) should be used strictly for educational, scientific and environmental management, and assigned to the MCT-PUCRS, along with the citation of the collection and their respective acronym (MCP). The MCT-PUCRS aims to maintain and provide the databases of their collections with maximal accuracy, however, gives no warrant regarding the reliability, completeness and updating of the information contained on these bases. The user must check the data before using them for any purpose mentioned above.

How to cite

Coleção de Peixes do Museu de Ciências e Tecnologia da PUCRS, MCP


Director or head of department:
Carlos Alberto Santos de Lucena
Carlos Alberto Santos de Lucena
Roberto Esser dos Reis