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Video – Saving the Corfu Killifish

February 23rd, 2016 — 1:45pm

Inspiring video from ZSL presenting details of an ongoing, long term conservation program for Valencia letourneuxi, one the most endangered freshwater fishes in the Mediterranean basin. Many congratulations to Brian Zimmerman and the team; it is awesome to see a project which it seems will deliver tangible results for wild populations of this species.

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Help Migratory Fish around the World

January 22nd, 2016 — 3:13pm

You are cordially invited to make a global impact by joining World Fish Migration Day on the 21st of May 2016! In association with WFMD2016 we want to connect fishes, rivers and people, and to bring migratory species into the spotlight. Migratory fishes represent a primary component of many riverine ecosystems around the world, and are also essential for […]

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New darter characins from Brazil

September 29th, 2015 — 1:29pm

The Crenuchidae is a characiform family which contains some well-known aquarium fishes, including the sailfin characin, Crenuchus spilurus, and black darter tetra, Poecilocharax weitzmani. It also includes the genus Characidium, a group sometimes referred to as ‘darter characins’ which are invariably identified as the species Characidium fasciatum in hobbyist literature. In reality, the name C. fasciatum has been repeatedly […]

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Major Changes in New World Cichlid Taxonomy

August 11th, 2015 — 5:10pm

An extensive review of the herichthyin clade of Middle American cichlids has resulted in the naming of eight new genera and a number of taxonomic modifications. The herichthyins are a group of 45 cichlid species contained within the larger Heroni tribe of the Cichlinae subfamily. They are mostly distributed in Mexico and Guatemala and contain a […]

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In Memoriam: U Tin Win (1944 – 2014)

December 8th, 2014 — 11:22am

      It is with great sadness that I have to report the passing away of U Tin Win on 12 August 2014. U Tin Win has played a pivotal role in the scientific exploration of Myanmar freshwater fishes and in the development of the ornamental fish export business in Myanmar. I met this remarkable man […]

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Back from the dead, but still on the brink?

July 29th, 2014 — 8:05pm

With its striking colour pattern and vaguely lamniform appearance the ‘red-tailed black shark’, Epalzeorhynchos bicolor (Smith 1931), is an enduringly popular aquarium favourite. All of the thousands of individuals sold in the global ornamental trade each year are produced on a commercial basis and this can be said to represent something of a paradox, even an unintentional […]

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New barb from western India

June 26th, 2014 — 2:07pm

A new barb of the genus Pethia is described in the Journal of Threatened Taxa this week.

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SF video: Ripoll River, Spain

June 25th, 2014 — 6:19pm

Check out our video of native cyprinids Barbus meridionalis Risso 1827 and Squalius laietanus Doadrio, Kottelat & de Sostoa 2007. Both species are endemic to a few river basins in northeaster Spain and southern France, in this case the Ripoll River, a tributary within the larger Bésos drainage close to Barcelona. This is a typical Mediterranean river which […]

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Is this a new species?

May 30th, 2014 — 9:03pm

A dwarf puffer fish of the genus Carinotetraodon has been discovered in the hill stream plains of the Western Ghats mountains, Maharashtra state, India, by long-term SF contributor Shankar Balasubramanian and the team from Fishplore.

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New killifish from Greece

May 6th, 2014 — 9:36am

The killifish genus Valencia is the only fish genus found only Europe and the Mediterranean basin, and the recent description of a new member brings the total number of species to three. This trio forms the family Valenciidae and all members are critically-endangered with restricted natural ranges within which they have been subjected to extensive […]

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