Starting over a century and half ago museum collectors, determiners, curators, and data managers began what FoTX continues. FoTX aims to bring their contributions together in a single standardized online database.
Our mission includes compiling, extensively processing and serving high quality specimen-based occurrence data and related resources from many museums.
Museum data initially recorded in bound paper ledgers have been independently digitized at many institutions. Now projects like ours are needed to take full advantage of the huge amounts of data that exist but have never before been readily available in a standardized format.
FoTX’s extensive and meticulous data improvement efforts make it the most reliable source for Texas fish occurrence data.
We provide an interactive version of a published key to the identification of Texas fishes, as well as new types of experimental, interactive and fully illustrated keys and species accounts in our Sandbox.
We have digitized original collectors' field notes and other archived records, many not examined since deposition at donor museums, thus archiving these valuable data verification documents permanently here and making them accessible to new users.
Example of a species distribution model for the Red River Pupfish, Cyprinodon rubrofluviatilis.
We assembled a modeled fish community for a never-before collected Central Texas stream, then surveyed it and found the models to be good predictors of the community (with explainable differences). Now we are testing and developing methods for using models in stream bioassessment.
Data and models are being used to experiment with predicting how changing climatic conditions might affect species distributions over time.
We are also experimenting, in conjunction with our partners, with using our data and models to define priority areas for conservation.