The ichthyological Library is with approx. 3000 books, >140 series of journals, and numerous reprints probably the largest collection of references devoted to fishes in Germany. Topics covered range from systematics to monographies on certain taxa of fishes, to books summarizing the faunas on continental to regional scales to fish ecology and applied issues. We also cover historical and recent references from the aquarium hobby, which regularly contain valuable records and obervations. Recent growth includes the inheritances of Rüdiger Riehl – well-known as co-author of the popular Aquarium Atlas – and the library of Lothar Seegers, a late specialist for East Africal freshwater fishes.
Due to its substantial recent growth, the fish library is only partially catalogued. We invite user to contact Fabian Herder for requests.
The ichthyology section is equipped with up-to-date lab infrastructure relevant for the study of fishes. This includes lab space, optics, photography equipment, and a digital Xray device. Additional material enables work in the field, from electrofishing to various kinds of nets, to underwater photography.
Aquarium facilities enable studying living fishes in the ichthyology section. Topics range from behavioral observations to the analysis of functional traits of the jaw apparatus, based on videos. We breed ricefishes and sailfin silversides in order to investigate their modes of reproduction, aspects that are linked to evolutionary questions. Keeping fishes in captivity also enables studying their life colouration, which contains characters relevant for taxonomy in several groups.