The Zoological Research Museum Alexander Koenig

is a research museum of the Leibniz Association

Ichthyology (Fishes)



Ichthyology is the branch of zoology devoted to the study of fishes. Systematic ichthyologists distinguish more than 34300 extant fish species, a number that continues increasing by several hundred species new to science year by year.

The fish section (Ichthyology) of ZFMK was founded in 1945.
Karl Heinz Lüling was the first curator responsible for the fish collection, followed in 1978 by Klaus Busse and 2008 by Fabian Herder.




Animal Husbandry


Contact person

Head of Centre for Taxonomy and Evolutionary Research
Head of Vertebrate Department
Curator Ichthyology
+49 228 9122-255
+49 228 9122-212
f.herder [at]

Digital Collection Catalogue

Visit and browse our fish collection online!