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Archerfish get an eye test

March 22nd, 2013 — 9:23am

© Klaus Rudloff

A modified version of an eye test used to assess visual acuity in the military has been given to archerfish by scientists to help explain how these remarkable fish are able to accurately spit down tiny insects high above the water’s surface. Continue reading »

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Identity of aquarium glass catfish resolved

March 20th, 2013 — 2:50pm

K. vitreolus is well-known to aquarists but has been misidentified for at least 80 years. © Unimati.dk

Over the last few decades the aquarium glass catfish has generally been referred to as Kryptopterus bicirrhis or, more recently, K. minor in both aquarium and scientific literature, but a new paper by Drs. Heok Hee Ng and Maurice Kottelat reveals that this popular species has in fact been misidentified for over eighty years. Continue reading »

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W. L. Minckley’s library now available online

March 8th, 2013 — 9:14am

Dr. Minckley conducted a significant amount of work on endangered species at Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge, Nevada, United States. © Stan Shebs

The late ichthyologist Dr. Wendell Lee Minckley (1935-2001), one of the founding members of the Desert Fishes Council and a lifetime supporter of its work, will be well-known to those familar with freshwater fishes of the southwestern United States and Mexico.

He studied aquatic ecosystems and southwestern fishes, authoring a number of books, research articles and book chapters as well as co-authoring ‘Freshwater Fishes of Mexico’ with Robert Rush Miller, the latter eventually being published in 2005. Continue reading »

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New tetra from the rio Xingu basin

March 6th, 2013 — 10:05am

Live specimen of E. altipinnis. © Netto-Ferreira et al.

A new miniature characid genus and species from the rio Curuá at Serra do Cachimbo, Pará state, Brazil. has been described in the open access journal PLoS ONE.

Erythrocharax altipinnis is the only known member of the new genus and can be told apart from related groupings by having the pelvic bones firmly attached through the horizontal isquiatic processes. Continue reading »

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