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Department ofVertebrate Zoology

Division of Fishes

Carl Hansen
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Prior to permanent alteration of a specimen for purposes of dissection, clearing and staining, or tissue sampling, you must obtain written permission from the collection manager. Confirmation of species identification is strongly recommended before destructive use of a specimen.

To assist us in evaluating such requests for destructive analysis please provide the following:

  • A brief description of your project
  • Justification for the use of USNM specimens
  • Some indication that the technique applied or sample taken is indeed appropriate to the question being asked.

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