Mr James Maclaine

Mr James Maclaine

Curator, Fish

Department: Life Sciences
Division: LS Vertebrates Division
Contact: email
Phone: 0207 942 5761


My principal role is to curate and manage the Fish Collection and the associated digital catalogue and to assist people wishing to use them. Areas of responsibility and expertise include: • Wet Preservation, including fixation, clearing and staining, transferring from formalin to alcohol, re-spiriting and re-hydration. • Identification of midwater fishes. • Organisation and History of the Fish Collection. • Databasing and Digitisation. Maintaining and enhancing the Fish Collection catalogue (in KE EMu) and creating and adding digital images (x-rays, CT scans, photographs). • Auditing. I am currently auditing the type specimens held in the Fish Collection (over 12000 lots) in order to create an accurate catalogue.



Aquatic Bioscience BSc (Hons), Glasgow University, Scotland, 1989 - 1993

Employment history


Curator, Natural History Museum, Zoology/Life Sciences, United Kingdom, 2004 - ongoing

Assistant Curator, National Museum of Scotland, Zoology, Scotland, 1998 - 1998

Assistant Biologist, The Tweed Foundation, Scotland, 1991 - 1997


Zogaris S, Maclaine J, Koutsikos N, Chatzinikolaou Y (2015) Does the river blenny Salaria fluviatilis (Asso, 1801) (Actinopterygii: Perciformes) still survive on the Mediterranean island of Cyprus?. Journal of Natural History, 49 : 347 - 357. doi: 10.1080/00222933.2013.836761

HOWARD LE, Holmes WM, Ferrando S, MACLAINE JS, Kelsh RN, Ramsey A, Abel RL, Cox JPL (2013) Functional nasal morphology of chimaerid fishes. Journal of Morphology, 274 (9): 987 - 1009. doi: 10.1002/jmor.20156

Iwatsuki Y, Maclaine J (2013) Validity of Crenidens macracanthus Gunther 1874 (Pisces: Sparidae) from Chennai (Madras), India, with taxonomic statuses of the congeners. Ichthyological Research, 60 (3): 241 - 248. doi: 10.1007/s10228-013-0342-2

ABEL RL, Maclaine JS, Cotton R, Xuan VB, Nickels TB, Clark TH, Wang ZJ, Cox JPL (2010) Functional morphology of the nasal region of a hammerhead shark. Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology A - Molecular & Integrative Physiology, 155 : 464 - 475.

BRITZ R, MACLAINE J (2007) A review of the eel-loaches, genus Pangio, from Myanmar (Teleostei: Cypriniformes: Cobitidae). Ichthyological Explorations of Freshwaters, 18 (1): 17 - 30.

Smith GW, Campbell RNB, MacLaine JS (1998) Regurgitation rates of intragastric transmitters by adult Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar L.) during riverine migration.. Hydrobiologia, (0): 117 - 121. doi: 10.1023/A:1017095409731