NUP - Coleção Ictiológica do Nupélia

UEM - Universidade Estadual de Maringá
Núcleo de Pesquisas em Limnologia, Ictiologia e Aqüicultura
Núcleo de Pesquisas em Limnologia, Ictiologia e Aqüicultura (Nupélia); Av. Colombo, 5790
Maringá - PR - Brazil

The fish collection of the Núcleo de Pesquisas em Limnologia, Ictiologia e Aqüicultura
(Nupélia) was established in the early 1990s during a period of vigorous expansion in the research program.
Initially it served as a voucher collection for those research projects, but it has continued to grow in size,
importance and scope. It currently houses comparative material from many different localities, mainly from the
La Plata basin, paratypes of several new species, along with voucher specimens for thesis projects, books and
papers published by Nupélias researchers and students. All the material is available for the scientific community.
Loans, exchanges, and other transactions have occurred between many different institutions in Brazil and other
countries. Most of the collection is preserved in 70º GL ethanol, but a small set of cleared and stained specimens
preserved in glycerin is gradually increasing. The collections geographic representation is Neotropical, but with
strong emphasis on the La Plata basin ichthyofauna, including the Brazilian states of Goiás, Mato Grosso, Mato
Grosso do Sul, São Paulo and Paraná plus a few others less represented. More than 5,000 lots of fishes are in the
database and we have an estimated 5,000 additional uncatalogued lots. All digitized data are available for searching.
A section of freshwater ichthyoplankton of the
Nupélias Ichthyoplankton lab has been incorporated into the Ichthyological Collection and it can be accessed in the
same way. The Collection has credentials of the Conselho de Gestão do Patrimônio Genético (CGEN), according to the
deliberation number 137, since February 22, 2006, published in April 4th, 2006.

Online since: 01/07/2008
Last update: 23/08/2023

Number of records

Total: 24,246
Online: 24,246
Georeferenced: 24,222
(by municipality: 17)
With images: 0

Conditions for using the data

The data represent a work in progress. Many of the listed specimens in the database may be inaccurate because original misidentification, later changing taxonomic position or proposing new nominal combination, and/or mistyping. Please, if you believe that data you are examining are not correct, let us know what and why, and we will work to make any necessary corrections. Subsets of the information, records, or images in one or more of the databases may be used, downloaded, reproduced, publicly displayed, distributed, or reprinted strictly for educational, scientific, scholarly, and other non-profit uses provided that the following attribution appears in all copies:

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Coleção Ictiológica do Nupélia, NUP (


Carla Simone Pavanelli
Cláudio Henrique Zawadzki
Scholarship holder:
Renata Rúbia Ota