Ichthyology Highlights

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The Department of Ichthyology is home to one of the largest and most important collections of fishes in the world, and is designated as one of eight International Centers for Ichthyology in North America.

Catalog of Fishes

Catalog of FishesThe Catalog of Fishes is the authoritative reference for taxonomic fish names, featuring a searchable on-line database.

Annotated Checklists of Fishes

This series serves to provide the most up-to-date taxonomic treatment of the families of recent fishes.

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Ichthyology on the 2011 Philippine Biodiversity Expedition

M/V DA-BFARIchthyology staff participated in several ventures as part of the Academy's 2011 expedition to the Philippines.  Senior Collections Manager David Catania dove in shallow waters off the southern coast of Luzon Island, along with other scientists from the Academy and the Philippines.  They also made excursions to Taal Lake in search of a freshwater sardine and new species of freshwater gobies.  Finally, the Department's Curator Emeritus, Tomio Iwamoto, and Department of Aquatic Biology Curator, John McCosker, joined Dave and other marine scientists on the vessel M/V DA-BFAR (pictured) to trawl in the deep waters around Lubang Island.  Among other things, they found a new species of snake eel, Myrichthys paleracio, described by Dr. McCosker.  All told, Academy and Philippine scientists discovered over 300 species that are likely new to science.

• More about the expedition's results

• Read Dave's entry in the expedition's blog

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