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Argyropelecus hemigymnus YPM catalog no. 14933

The ichthyology collection in the Yale Peabody Museum’s Division of Vertebrate Zoology includes specimens from the darkest regions of the deep ocean. These fish have selection pressures on them that other vertebrate animals do not have. They must find food, and avoid becoming food, in a world devoid of sunlight and under high pressure.

The Peabody collection includes many of these species, including type specimens. Our collection can help scientists answer questions such about the natural history of these often strange-looking creatures.


The Yale Peabody Museum’s collections are available to legitimate researchers for scholarly use. Loans are issued to responsible individuals at established institutions. Loans and access to the collection can be arranged through the Collections Manager.