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Yellow boxfish (Ostracion cubicus)

  • Trockenpräparat
  • Ostindien
  • vor 1785

The yellow boxfish on the left and the sterlet 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 Naturkundemuseum.

Detailed information

Object type
Period Produced
vor 1785
Exhibition Format
17,0 x 26,5 x 8,0 cm
0,365 kg
Places / Cultures
Exhibition Location
O1.237.01.B3 E31001V Humboldt Labor, Foyer
Exhibition & Module
DA01 Flashbacks / DA01 Flashback 16 Fish specimens from the Cabinet of Curiosities
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 6802
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