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Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Department ofVertebrate Zoology

Division of Fishes

Carl Hansen
© Smithsonian Institution
bar Bruce Collette
    Bruce B. Collette
    Senior Systematic Zoologist, NMFS

  • Phone: (202)633-1287
  • Fax: (202)633-0182
  • E-mail: collettb[at]

  • Mailing Address:
    NMFS Systematics Laboratory
    Smithsonian Institution
    PO Box 37012, MRC 153
    Washington, DC 20013-7012

  • Shipping Address:
    NMFS Systematics Laboratory
    National Museum of Natural History
    10th and Constitution Ave, NW
    Washington, DC 20560-0153

Related Links

NOAA Fisheries - National Systematics Laboratory


Ph.D. 1960, Cornell University
B.S. 1956, Cornell University

Recent Publications

Collette, Bruce B., Fox, W., Juan Jorda, M., Nelson, R., Pollard, D., Suzuki, N. and Teo, S.. Thunnus orientalis. 2015.

Nieto, Ana, Ralph, Gina M., Comeros-Raynal, Mia, Kemp, James, García Criado, Mariana, Allen, David J., Dulvy, Nicholas K., Walls, Rachel H. L., Russell, Barry, Pollard, David, García, Silvia, Craig, Matthew, Collette, Bruce B., Pollom, Riley, Biscoito, Manuel, et al 2015. European Red List of Marine Fishes European Union. 81 pages.

Carnevale, Giorgio and Collette, Bruce B. 2014. Zappaichthys harzhauseri, gen. et sp. nov., a new Miocene toadfish (Teleostei, Batrachoidiformes) from the Paratethys (St. Margarethen in Burgenland, Austria), with comments on the fossil record of batrachoidiform fishes. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, 34(5): 1005-1017. doi:10.1080/02724634.2014.854801

Rocha, L. A., Aleixo, A., Allen, G., Almeda, F., Baldwin, Carole C., Barclay, M. V. L., Bates, J. M., Bauer, A. M., Benzoni, F., Berns, C. M., Berumen, M. L., Blackburn, D. C., Blum, S., Bolanos, F., Bowie, R. C. K., Britz, R., Brown, R. M., Cadena, C. D., Carpenter, K., Ceriaco, L. M., Chakrabarty, P., Chaves, G., Choat, J. H., Clements, K. D., Collette, Bruce B., et al 2014. Specimen collection: An essential tool. Science, 344(6186): 814-815. doi:10.1126/science.344.6186.814

Collette, Bruce B. 2013. Nikolai Vasil'evich Parin (1932–2012). Copeia, 2013(4): 768-780. doi:10.1643/OT-13-102

Tyler, James C., Collette, Bruce B. and Broughton, Elisabeth A. 2013. Northern Range Extension to Georges Bank for Hollardia hollardi (Reticulate Spikefish) (Triacanthodidae, Tetraodontiformes). Northeastern Naturalist, 20(4): N33-N36. doi:10.1656/045.020.0421

de Sant'Anna, Vivianne B., Collette, Bruce B. and Godfrey, Stephen J. 2013. Belone countermani, a new Miocene needlefish (Belonidae) from the St. Marys Formation of Calvert Cliffs, Maryland. Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington, 126(2): 137-150. doi:10.2988/0006-324X-126.2.137

Smith-Vaniz, William and Collette, Bruce B. 2013. Fishes of Bermuda. Aqua, International Journal of Ichthyology, 19(4): 165-186.

Backus, E. H. and Collette, Bruce B. 2013. Obituary: Richard Haven Backus (1922-2012). Copeia, 2013(1): 173-176.

Collette, Bruce B., Polidoro, Beth and Carpenter, Kent 2013. Corrected numbers for fish on the Red List. Nature, 495(7439): 47 doi:10.1038/495047a

Hawn, Donald and Collette, Bruce B. 2012. What are the maximum size and live body coloration of opah (Teleostei: Lampridae: Lampris species)?. Ichthyological Research, 59(3): 272-275. doi:10.1007/s10228-012-0277-z

Campagna, Claudio, Short, Frederick T., Polidoro, Beth A., McManus, Roger, Collette, Bruce B., Pilcher, Nicolas J., de Mitcheson, Yvonne Sadovy, Stuart, Simon N. and Carpenter, Kent E. 2011. Gulf of Mexico Oil Blowout Increases Risks to Globally Threatened Species. Bioscience, 61(5): 393-397. doi:10.1525/bio.2011.61.5.8

Hanner, Robert, Floyd, Robin, Bernard, Andrea, Collette, Bruce B. and Shivji, Mahmood 2011. DNA barcoding of billfishes. Mitochondrial DNA, 22(S1): 27-36. doi:10.3109/19401736.2011.596833

Helfman, Gene and Collette, Bruce B. 2011. Fishes : the animal answer guide Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press.

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