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.
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.
The >123,000 occurrence records are from >7,500 sites covering the state
Example of an occurrence map
from the website. Suspect records
are never discarded, but clearly flagged until specimens can be examined and identifications and other data confirmed.
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.
Collectors’ field photographs
are also available, including images of habitat, collectors, and specimens at the time of collection.
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.