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Reference Standard Sequence Library (RSSL) for Seafood Identification

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This searchable database contains DNA reference barcode sequences (FASTA format) and other data for each of the specimens. Clicking on the link for a Scientific Name opens a detail page for that species that includes the DNA reference sequence for that specimen and additional data. Photographs are included for some species. The posted/modified date indicates when data for that sample was loaded or modified. The initial data for the sequence library were posted in November 2011.

Authentication and voucher information: All Vertebrate (V) specimens with a sample ID number beginning with "FDA" were authenticated and are currently vouchered at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History disclaimer icon (NMNH).

All vertebrate specimens with a sample ID number beginning with "RFE" (collected 1993-1998) were authenticated and most are currently vouchered at the California Academy of Sciences disclaimer icon (CAS). Photographs of RFE specimens are available here.

All vertebrate specimens with a sample ID number beginning with either "PI" or "RP" were collected from commercial fish markets in the Philippine Islands and are currently vouchered at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History disclaimer icon (NMNH).

Select species of puffer fish are vouchered at the National Museum of Nature and Science, Tokyo, Japan disclaimer icon (NMNST).

All Invertebrate specimens (I), or I(C) for Crustaceans, with sample ID numbers beginning with either "FDA" or "ULLZ" were authenticated and are currently vouchered at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette disclaimer icon (ULL).

All invertebrate specimens with sample ID numbers beginning with "NSIL" were authenticated by the National Marine Fisheries Service and provided by the NOAA National Seafood Inspection Laboratory.

Individual collection voucher reference numbers are provided where available.

FDA Acceptable Market Names and common names are derived from The Seafood List - FDA's Guide to Acceptable Market Names for Seafood Sold in Interstate Commerce where available. For Species not currently covered in the Seafood List (which are indicated by "n/a" in the Acceptable Market Name column), common names are taken from ITIS: Integrated Taxonomic Information System disclaimer icon, where available, or Fishbase disclaimer icon.

An asterisk (*) next to the Market Name indicates that a specific rule or regulation applies to that species. A dagger symbol (†) next to the Common Name identifies names that are prohibited by law. These symbols are provide here for reference only. Please refer to the Seafood List Guidance for information on common or usual names that are currently required by regulation or law.

JJapanese common names for specimens of Takifugu spp. are provided for reference.

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Sample ID Type Scientific Name
(sorted A-Z)
Common Name FDA Market Name Voucher Voucher Museum Date Posted Date Modified
RP095 V Abalistes stellatus Starry Triggerfish Triggerfish 408895 NMNH 02/2015
RP052 V Ablabys taenianotus Cockatoo Waspfish n/a 408852 NMNH 02/2015
RP013 V Abudefduf sexfasciatus Striptailed Damselfish n/a 408813 NMNH 02/2015
RP012 V Abudefduf vaigiensis Indo-Pacific Sergeant n/a 408812 NMNH 02/2015
RP217 V Acanthocepola krusensternii Red-spotted Bandfish n/a 407897 NMNH 02/2015
PI-0065 V Acanthopagrus pacificus Pacific Seabream n/a 403065 NMNH 02/2015
PI-0066 V Acanthopagrus pacificus Pacific Seabream n/a 403066 NMNH 02/2015
PI-0067 V Acanthopagrus pacificus Pacific Seabream n/a 403067 NMNH 02/2015
RP265 V Acanthurus dussumieri Eyestripe Surgeonfish n/a 407885 NMNH 02/2015
RP005 V Acanthurus leucocheilus Palelipped Surgeonfish n/a 408805 NMNH 02/2015
RP008 V Acanthurus lineatus Lined Surgeonfish n/a 408808 NMNH 02/2015
PI-0159 V Acanthurus mata Elongate Surgeonfish Tang or Surgeonfish 403159 NMNH 02/2015
RP149 V Acanthurus nigricans Whitecheek Surgeonfish n/a 408949 NMNH 02/2015
PI-0419 V Acanthurus nigricauda Epaulette Surgeonfish n/a 403419 NMNH 02/2015
RP268 V Acanthurus nigricauda Epaulette Surgeonfish n/a 407798 NMNH 02/2015
PI-0217 V Acanthurus pyroferus Yellowspot Surgeonfish n/a 403217 NMNH 02/2015
RP022 V Acanthurus triostegus Convict Tang n/a 408822 NMNH 02/2015
PI-0372 V Acanthurus xanthopterus Yellowfin Surgeonfish Tang or Surgeonfish 403372 NMNH 02/2015
ULLZ13518 I(C) Achelous binoculus Redspot Swimming Crab n/a ULLZ13518 ULL 02/2014
ULLZ13234 I(C) Achelous gibbesii Swimming Crab n/a  ULLZ13234 ULL 02/2014
ULLZ8734 I(C) Achelous gibbesii Swimming Crab n/a  ULLZ8734 ULL 02/2014
ULLZ11949 I(C) Achelous gibbesii Swimming Crab n/a  ULLZ11949 ULL 02/2014
ULLZ14420 I(C) Achelous ordwayi Redhair Swimming Crab n/a ULLZ14420 ULL 10/2016
ULLZ4527 I(C) Achelous sebae Ocellate Swimming Crab n/a ULLZ4527 ULL 10/2016
ULLZ12629 I(C) Achelous sebae Ocellate Swimming Crab n/a  ULLZ12629 ULL 10/2016
ULLZ14421 I(C) Achelous spinicarpus Longspine Swimming Crab n/a ULLZ14421 ULL 10/2016
ULLZ14322 I(C) Achelous spinimanus Blotched Swimming Crab n/a ULLZ14322 ULL 10/2016
ULLZ14419 I(C) Achelous spinimanus Blotched Swimming Crab n/a ULLZ14419 ULL 10/2016
USNM1408289 I(C) Achelous spinimanus Blotched Swimming Crab n/a USNM1408289 NMNH 12/2016 05/2018
USNM1408290 I(C) Achelous spinimanus Blotched Swimming Crab n/a USNM1408290 NMNH 12/2016 05/2018
FDA 271 V Acipenser baeri Siberian Sturgeon Sturgeon 418086 NMNH 08/2013
FDA 286 V Acipenser transmontanus White Sturgeon Sturgeon 410953 NMNH 07/2016
RP056 V Acreichthys tomentosus Bristle-tail Filefish n/a 408856 NMNH 02/2015
FDA 137 V Aethaloperca rogaa Redmouth Grouper Grouper 395490  NMNH 11/2011 
PI-0020 V Aethaloperca rogaa Redmouth Grouper Grouper 403020 NMNH 02/2015
FDA 132 V Alectis ciliaris African Pompano Pompano 395485 NMNH 11/2011
FDA 216 V Alectis ciliaris African Pompano Pompano 402358 NMNH 10/2012
PI-0382 V Alectis ciliaris African Pompano Pompano 403382 NMNH 02/2015
RP112 V Alepes djedaba Slender Yellowtail Kingfish n/a 408912 NMNH 02/2015
RP152 V Alepes kleinii Razorbelly Scad n/a 408952 NMNH 02/2015
FDA 112 V Alosa sapidissima American Shad Shad 395461 NMHN 11/2011
FDA 285 V Aluterus schoepfii Orange Filefish Filefish 421128 NMNH 09/2012
RP276 V Aluterus scriptus Scrawled Filefish n/a 407016 NMNH 02/2015
RP157 V Ambassis buruensis East Indian Glassfish n/a 408957 NMNH 02/2015
PI-0393 V Amblygaster sirm White Sardinella n/a 403393 NMNH 02/2015
PI-0466 V Amblygaster sirm White Sardinella n/a 403466 NMNH 02/2015
PI-0383 V Amblyglyphidodon curacao Clouded Damselfish n/a 403383 NMNH 02/2015
FDA 116 V Amblyraja radiata Thorny Skate Skate 395462 NMNH 11/2011
RFE 346 V Anarhichas lupus Atlantic Wolffish Wolffish 11/2011
RFE 351 V Anarhichas lupus Atlantic Wolffish Wolffish 11/2011 11/2013

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Sample ID Type Scientific Name
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Common Name FDA Market Name Voucher Voucher Museum Date Posted Date Modified

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