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Sterlet (Aceripenser ruthenus)

  • Nasspräparat
  • 1782

The yellow boxfish on the left and the sterlet on the right are from the collection of Marcus Elieser Bloch, a physician and naturalist. The collection embraced 1,400 fish specimens from all over the world and entered the holdings of the Cabinet of Curiosities in 1802. Bloch was a member of many academies and private societies. However, as a Jew he was not allowed to join the Königlich Preußische Akademie der Wissenschaften, the Royal Prussian academy of sciences. Bloch published his research findings in Allgemeine Naturgeschichte der Fische (General Natural History of Fish). Today, the collection is one of the oldest holdings of Berlin's natural history museum, the Museum fur Naturkunde.

Detailed information

Object type
Period Produced
Exhibition Format
Höhe x Durchmesser: 47,2 x 11,0 cm
ca. 3 kg
Exhibition Location
O1.237.01.B3 E31001V Humboldt Labor, Foyer
Exhibition & Module
DA01 Flashbacks / DA01 Flashback 16 Fish specimens from the Cabinet of Curiosities / MG Media Guide / MG Free Flow 01 History of the Site - Flashbacks
Persons / Corporate bodies
Bloch; Marcus Elieser
Owner/Managing Institution
Museum für Naturkunde; Leibniz-Institut für Evolutions- und Biodiversitätsforschung
Museum für Naturkunde Berlin
Inventory Number
ZMB 4398
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