The Coleção Zoológica de Referência da Universidade Federal de Mato Grosso do Sul (ZUFMS), known by the simplified name "Coleção ZUFMS" was installed in the Campus of Campo Grande of UFMS, in 1991, due to a project entitled "Preliminary Survey of the Fauna of Passo do Lontra Region, Pantanal of Miranda / Abobral, MS", developed by a team of researchers from the extinct Biology Department of UFMS. Initially, it was considered only as a reference and regional collection, but nowadays it is a faithful depository of type-materials from several states and countries.
Currently, ZUFMS has specimens from Mato Grosso do Sul and other states of Brazil, as well as Argentina and Paraguay, and covers the Pantanal, Cerrado, Chaco and Mata Atlântica domains. It is represented by fish, amphibians, reptiles, mammals, crustaceans, arachnids, insects and molluscs, totaling about 100.000specimens.
The ZUFMS collection is subdivided in 42 sections (usually grouped by orders or classes, eg ZUFMS-AMP).
The ZUFMS Fish collection was started with the studies of Prof. Otávio Froehlich (in memoriam) and currently contains approximately 96.000 specimens, distributed in about 5500 lots properly recorded in Excel spreadsheet. The ZUFMS-PIS00001 lot is represented by Auchenipterus nigripinnis (Boulenger) specimens and the oldest, ZUFMS-PIS00026, Callichthys callichthys (Linnaeus) dates from 1982. It contains the holotype of Microglanis leniceae Shibatta, 2016 and paratypes of 12 species: Corydoras brittoi Tencatt & Corydoras pavanelliae Tencatt & Ohara, 2016, Corydoras zawadzkii Tencatt & Ohara, 2016, Hyphessobrycon pinnistriatus Carvalho, Cabeceira & Carvalho, 2017, Hypostomus basilisko Tencatt, 2016, Corydoras eversi Tencatt & Britto, 2016, Corydoras knaacki Tencatt & Zawadzki & Froehlich, 2014, Hypostomus lost Zawadzki, Tencatt & Froehlich, 2014, Loricaria coximensis Rodriguez, Cavallaro & Thomas, 2012, Melanorivulus ofaie Volcan, Klotzel and Lanés, 2017, Microglanis leniceae Shibatta, 2016 and Neoplecostomus canastra Roxo, Silva, Zawadzki & Oliveira, 2017. This shows that the collection is mostly made up of recent material, with regional coverage, but important and relatively representative of most drainages from the state.