A Moorish idol (Zanclus canescens) fish specimen from Bikini Atoll

ID: SIA2010-0971 or 777488-66 or 37607-D or OPPS 92-11706


Form/Genre: Photographic print

Date: 1947

Citation: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7222, Box 26, Folder: 4

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A Moorish idol (Zanclus canescens) fish specimen taken at Bikini Atoll.


Schultz, Leonard P (Leonard Peter) 1901-


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  • Dr. Leonard Peter Schultz, Ichthyologist and Field Naturalist, served as National Museum of Natural History's assistant curator of fishes from 1936 to 1938, when he was named curator-in-charge of the Divisions of Fishes, a position he held until 1965.
  • This Moorish idol fish specimen was obtained during Operation Crossroads. The Operation Crossroads was an expedition to Bikini and the northern Marshall Islands in 1946 under the auspices of the Department of the Navy. Dr. Leonard P. Schultz, Curator of Fishes at the National Museum of Natural History, was in charge of the biological investigation of the reef fishes in the area. His investigations centered on the relative abundance of fauna before and after the atom bomb tests. Specimens were collected for the purpose of comparison and to make possible a study of anatomical variations among the various island fish populations.
  • See Neg. #s for Operation Crossroads 1947: 92-11701, SIA2010-0924, SIA2010-0925, SIA2010-0927, SIA2010-0928, SIA2010-0929, SIA2010-0964, SIA2010-0965, SIA2010-0966, SIA2010-0967, SIA2010-0968, SIA2010-0969, SIA2010-0970, SIA2010-0971, SIA2010-0972

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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7222, Box 26, Folder: 4

Contact information

Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20024-2520, SIHistory@si.edu



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  • Fishes
  • Collectors and collecting
  • Personnel management
  • Smithsonian Institution
  • Specimens
  • Ichthyology
  • Employees
  • Museums
  • Operation Crossroads, Marshall Islands, 1946/1947
  • Museums--Employees
  • Museum curators
  • Smithsonian Institution--Employees


  • Bikini Atoll (Marshall Islands)
  • Washington (D.C.)


  • Photographic print
  • Scientific illustration

ID Number

SIA2010-0971 or 777488-66 or 37607-D or OPPS 92-11706

Physical description

Number of Images: 1; Color: Color; Size: 9w x 6h; Type of Image: Scientific illustration; Medium: Photographic print

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