California Academy of Sciences
CALIFORNIA ACADEMY OF SCIENCES
Ichthyology
Newsletter of Systematic Ichthyology - 2001

Synopsis of Research Activities

ABREU, TATIANA XANDÓ DE. Graduate student, Departamento de Zoologia, Instituto de Biociências, Universidade Estadual Paulista, Distrito de Rubião Júnior, 18618-000, Botucatu, SP, BRASIL. Researcher, Laboratório de Ictiologia de Ribeirão Preto (LIRP), Departamento de Biologia FFCLRP-USP, Av. Bandeirantes, 3900, 14040-901, Ribeirão Preto, SP, BRASIL. Tel (055) (016) 602-3710; Fax (055) (016) 602-3666. E-mail: tatixando@hotmail.com

Current work: (1) PhD Thesis on the taxonomic study and phylogenetic relationships of the genera: Brachyplatystoma, Goslinia, Platystomatichthys, Pseudoplatystoma and Sorubim (Siluriformes, Pimelodinae), to be finished in 2003; (2) description and phylogenetic relationships of a new species of blind pimelodid catfish from a cave in the state of Bahia, northeastern Brazil (w/R.M.C. Castro); (3) study about the pimelodid genera Zungariopsis and Zungaro (w/O.A. Shibatta).

ÅHLANDER, ERIK. Collection Manager, Fishes, Dept. of Vertebrate Zoology, Swedish Museum of Natural History, P.O. Box 50007, SE-104 05 Stockholm, SWEDEN. Tel. 46-8 5195 4118; Fax –5195 4212; e-mail: erik.ahlander@nrm.se

Current work: (1) Genus Laetacara (family Cichlidae); (2) Indian freshwater fishes in general; (3) history of the Swedish Museum of Natural History, MRM.

AHNELT, HARALD. Inst. of Zoology, University of Vienna, Althanstrasse 14, A-1090 Wien, AUSTRIA. e-mail: harald.ahnelt@univie.ac.at

Current work: Morphology of Gobioid fishes: lateral line system, osteology; (1) morphology of Ponto-Caspian gobies of the upper Danube river (w/M. Duchkowitsch); (2) morphology of east Pacific gobies (w/V. Bohacek, J. & G. Scattolin).

AKAMA, ALBERTO. PhD student, Seção de Peixes, Museu de Zoologia da Universidade de São Paulo, São Paulo, SP, Caixa Postal 42594, CEP 04299-970, BRAZIL. Tel/Fax (0550xx11) 6165 8100 aakama@ib.usp.br

Current work: (1) Systematic revision of the genera Parauchenipterus and Trachelyopterus. (2) study of the ichthyofauna of Rio Ribeira de Iguape basin (w/O. Oyakawa) (3) studies on the subfamily Pimelodinae (w/ J.G. Lundberg, B. Parisi & M. Littmann).

ALFONSO, NOEL A. Research Assistant, Research Services Division, Canadian Musem of Nature, P.O. Box 3443, Station 'D', Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA. Tel (613) 364-4064; FAX (613) 364-4027; e-mail: nalfonso@mus-nature.ca

Current work: (1) Revision of the tropical and sub-tropical Indo-Pacific family Samaridae (Pleuronectiformes). This monophyletic group consists of three genera; Plagiopsetta, Samariscus and Samaris. A preliminary cladistic analysis at the generic level has been done. A full phylogeny will be constructed. Collaborator: François Chapleau, University of Ottawa; (2) taxonomic revisions and COSEWIC (Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada) reports on the pearl dace (Margariscus margarita) with Brian Coad, Canadian Museum of Nature; (3) Investigation of ecomorphotypes of lake charr (Salvelinus namaycush), focussing on Great Bear lake, NWT, Canada.

ALLEN, GERALD R. Conservation International, 1 Dreyer Road, Roleystone, W.A. 6111, AUSTRALIA (61) 8 9496 1143; Fax (61) 8 9397 6985; e-mail:tropical_reef@bigpond.com

Current work: (1) Annotated checklist of the coral reef fishes of Indonesia; (2) taxonomic studies of Indo-Pacific Apogonidae; (3) taxonomic studies of Indo-Pacific Pomacentridae; (4) freshwater fishes of New Guinea and northern Australia, particularly melanotaeniids and gobioids; (5) taxonomic studies of coral reef fishes of Australia and SE Asia; (6) zoogeographic analysis of coral reef fishes to identify “hotspots” of biodiversity/ endemism for conservation priority setting. Field work for 2002 will include coral reef surveys of northeastern Madagascar and the Raja Ampat Islands, Irian Jaya.

ALMEIDA, A. J. Professor, Departamento de Zoologia e Antropologia, Secção de Biologia Marinha. Faculdade de Ciências de Lisboa, C-2 P-1749-016 LISBOA - PORTUGAL. Tel. (351) 2175700000; Fax. (351) 214869720; e-mail: aalmeida@fc.ul.pt

Current work: (1) Systematics of Blenniidae; (2) ichthyofauna of seagrass beds in Atlantic and Indian Ocean; (3) ichthyofauna of deep-sea hydrothermal vents.

ANDERSON, M. ERIC. Senior Ichthyologist, J.L.B. Smith Institute of Ichthyology, Private Bag 1015, Grahamstown 6140, SOUTH AFRICA. Tel. + 27-46-636-1002; Fax 046-622-2403; E-mail: e.anderson@ru.ac.za

Current work: (1) working up specimens from 2000 and 2001 deep-sea cruises (Cape to Angola) which includes probably an undescribed Physiculus (Moridae) and three Eustomias (Melanostomiidae) of the subgenera Dinematochirus, Haploclonus and one I'm unsure of at this point; (2) have expanded slightly the review of Ambassis with Phil Heemstra, work will continue into 2002; all this was presented in Durban at IPFC-6; (3) planning ahead for review of Clupeiformes of western Indian Ocean with Ofer Gon starting in 2003. Bothrocara review has been shelved again and will spend most of 2002 on food habits studies and fossil fish expeditions in the mountains of this beautiful country in my new Toyota Venture!

ANDERSON, R. CHARLES. Marine Biologist, Marine Research Centre, H. Whitewaves, Male', REPUBLIC OF MALDIVES. Tel & Fax (+960) 327024; e-mail: anderson@dhivehinet.net.mv

Current work: (1) New records and species of fishes from the Maldives with several collaborators; (2) fisheries biology of tuna, reef fishes and sharks.

ANDERSON, WILLIAM D., JR. Grice Marine Biological Laboratory, 205 Fort Johnson, Charleston, South Carolina 29412-9110, U.S.A. Tel. 843-406-4028; Fax 843-406-4001; e-mail: andersonwd@cofc.edu

Current work: Review of Atlantic and eastern Pacific anthiine serranids (w/P.C. Heemstra).

ARRATIA, GLORIA. Curator, Museum fuer Naturkunde, and Chairman, Institut fuer Palaeontologie, Museum fuer Naturkunde, Humboldt Universitaet, Invalidenstr. 43, D-10115 Berlin, GERMANY. Tel (xx49) 30-2093-8864; Fax (xx49) 30-2093-8868; e-mail: gloria.arratia@rz.hu-berlin.de

Current work: (1) Ontogenetic development of the lateral line system in catfishes; (2) review of crania, axial skeleton and fins, and skin in siluriforms; (3) handbook of Paleoichthyology, vol. 9: Teleostei (w/M.V.H. Wilson); (4) searching for the [fossil and living] sister-group of Teleostei and stem-group teleosts.

AZPELICUETA, MARÍA DE LAS MERCEDES. CONICET researcher. División Zoología Vertebrados, Fac. de Ciencias Naturales y Museo de La Plata, Paseo del Bosque, 1900 La Plata, ARGENTINA. Fax (54) 221 425-7527 - Email: azpeli@museo.fcnym.unlp.edu.ar or azpeli@netverk.com.ar

Current work: (1) Faunal studies in the province of Misiones; (2) phylogenetic revision of the genera and species of the family Pimelodidae (w/J. Lundberg); (3) revision of fossil fishes from the Miocene (w/A. Cione & J. Casciotta); (4) description of some species of the genus Cynolebias from Uruguay (w/G. García & M. Loureiro); (5) biological studies of Diplomystes from Chubut River (w/A. Gosztonyi & L. Kuba)

BARREIROS, JOÃO PEDRO. Professor, Universidade dos Açores, Campus de Angra do Heroísmo, 9701-851 Angra do Heroísmo, PORTUGAL. Tel 351 295 442 223; Fax 351 295 332 605; e-mail: jpedro@angra.uac.pt

Current work: (1) study of the ichthyofauna of Santa Catarina, Southern Brazil; (2) behavioural ecology of several littoral Atlantic fishes; (3) serranid (Epinephelinae) ecology and behaviour in the warm temperate and tropical Atlantic.

BARRULL, JOAN. Lab. Vertebrats, Secció Ictiologia. Museu de Zoologia de Barcelona, Apartat de Correus 593, E-08080 Barcelona, Catalonia, SPAIN. Tel. 34-3-3196912; Fax 34-3-3104999; e-mail: jbarrull@pie.xtec.es

Current work: (1) Computer compilation of catalog by the Zoological Museum Ichthyological Collection with Isabel Mate & Manel Bueno; (2) long-term study about captures and sales of the Catalonian Sea sharks with I.Mate; (3) compilation of Hexanchus griseus records in the Mediterranean Sea with Isabel Mate, Christian Capapé, Farid Hemida & Mohamed N. Bradaï; (4) study about ecology of demersal and benthic sharks in Catalonian Sea with I. Mate; (5) long-term study with co-workers (Mediterranean Shark Research Group) in the Mediterranean Shark Sportfishery Program; (6) preparation of a field guide of fishes of the Catalonian Sea with I.Mate.

ANNA MARIA BELTRANO. IRMA-CNR (Istituto per le Risorse Marine e l’Ambiente - Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche) Via Luigi Vaccara, 61 901026, Mazara del Vallo (TP) Sicily, ITALY. E-mail: annamariabeltrano@hotmail.com; P.IVA 01914480817; Tel. 0039 0349/ 7360488 -0039 091/6173223; Tel/Fax 0039 091/329357

Current work: 1998-2001: works on the biology of fishes at I.R.M.A.-C.N.R. (Istituto per le Risorse Marine e l’Ambiente - Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche). 2000-2001: Collaborator in IRMA-CNR on following European projects: “Stocks assessment of some coastal species caught by artisanal fishery” (SACS), project’s number: 96/054”; “Fish aggregating device (FAD) fisheries in the Eastern Mediterranean: An alternative technique to enhance pelagic fish catches and diversify effort?”. 2000: 30th Course on “Biodiversity Conservation and Sustainable Management of Marine Resources” at International School of Biophysics. 2001: Participates in course “Pollution in surveillance and control in Wetland ecosystems” (Hunghery) EU.

BERRA, TIM M. Professor Emeritus, Department of Evolution, Ecology & Organismal Biology, Ohio State University, Mansfield, Ohio 44906 U.S.A. Tel (419) 755-4310; Fax (419) 755-4367; e-mail: berra.1@osu.edu

Current work: Most of 2001 was spent as Research Associate at the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory in Darwin, Australia chasing nurseryfish, Kurtus gulliveri, (Perciformes: Kurtidae), and avoiding crocodiles in the Adelaide River; (1) paper on embryos, larvae, and development of K. gulliveri is in preparation with Francisco J. Neira; (2) redescription of K. gulliveri with life history information is in preparation. (3) a paper on alimentary canal anatomy and diet of K. gulliveri with Dion Wedd has been submitted; (4) molecular systematics of Kurtus with Kent Carpenter is in progress; (5) ontogeny of Diplomystes with J. Lundberg and J. Friel is nearing completion; (6) resource partitioning among Etheostoma with J. Bradley is on-going; (7) a paper on biogeography of Galaxias vulgaris in New Zealand was published; (8) Freshwater Fish Distribution was published by Academic Press.

BERTACO, VINICIUS ARAÚJO. Graduate student, Laboratório de Ictiologia, Museu de Ciências e Tecnologia (MCP) PUCRS. Av. Ipiranga 6681, P. O. Box 1429, 90619-900 Porto Alegre, RS, BRAZIL. Tel. (51) 3320.3500 ext. 4413. Fax. (51) 3320.3900. E-mail: ubertaco@pucrs.br

Current work: (1) Phylogeny and taxonomy of Hollandichthys Eigenmann, 1910 (Ostariophysi: Characiformes: Characidae) under advise of Dr. Luiz R. Malabarba; (2) review of Astyanax Baird & Girard, 1854 (Teleostei: Characidae) from the rioTramandaí drainage, RS, Brazil (w/L.R. Malabarba & J.F.P. da Silva); (3) systematics of Prodontocharax and Amblystilbe (Teleostei: Characidae: Cheirodontinae), with descriptions of new species (w/L.R. Malabarba); (4) review of Odontesthes "grupo perugiae" from the laguna dos Patos drainage (w/L.R. Malabarba & B. Dyer); (5) revision of the Hollandichthys and Pseudochalceus for CLOFFSCA; (6) study of the occurrence, distribution and abundance of sand beach fish species in the lago Guaíba, RS, Brazil (w/F.G. Becker & Z.M. Lucena).

BOESEMAN, M. Emeritus Curator of Fishes of the Nationaal Natuurhistorisch Museum (formerly Rijksmuseum van Natuurlijke Historie), P.O. Box 9517, 2300 RA, Leiden, NETHERLANDS. Home address: Prins Bernhardlaan 54, 2341 KL Oegstgeest. Tel. 0031-71-5174477; e-mail: boeseman@hetnet.nl.

With Mrs. W. de Ligny, we appear to have finished the comprehensive biography and bibliography on the 18th century physician and naturalist Marinus Houttuyn, about whose ichthyological work I published earlier as referred to in the Newsletter nr 17, 1995. Place and time of the present publication, which we mentioned already in previous newsletters, are still to be decided depending on appropriate facilities.

BOR, TACO J. Prinsenweer 54 3363 JK Sliedrecht THE NETHERLANDS E-mail tjbor@doge.nl

Work on the systematics and stratigraphical distribution of fossil elasmobranch teeth from the Cretaceous (Maastrichthian) and Tertiary (Eocene, Oligocene) of The Netherlands and Belgium is continued. In addition the dentitions and systematics of modern sharks, rays and chimaeras are studied.

BRAY, DIANNE J. Collection Manager, Ichthyology, Museum Victoria, PO Box 666E, Melbourne, Victoria 3001, AUSTRALIA. Tel 61 3 8341 7448; Fax 61 3 8341 7442 ; e-mail:dbray@museum.vic.gov.au

Current work: (1) Completing the Zoological Catalogue of Australia, Pisces, part 2 (w/D.F. Hoese, G.R. Allen, J.R. Paxton & others) (submitted); (2) completing (w/D.F. Hoese & J.R. Paxton) a revised (on-line) edition of the Zoological Catalogue of Australia, Pisces, part 1; (3) a new species of Zenopsis (family Zeidae) (w/U. Yamada & T. Nakabo) (submitted); (4) Zeiforme fishes of Australia.

BRIGGS, JOHN C. Adjunct professor, Georgia Museum of Natural History, University of Georgia, Athens, GA 30602, U.S.A. Tel. (706) 353-1945; E-mail: clingfish@earthlink.net

Current work: Papers under review include (1) Classic works (w/C.J. Humphries) to comprise a chapter in a book Foundations of Biogeography edited by J.H. Brown, M.V. Lomolino, and D.F. Sax. To be published by University of Chicago Press, (2) Fishes and birds: passengers aboard Gondwana life rafts?, and (3) Marine centers of origin as evolutionary engines. Work toward the formation of an International Biogeographic Society, in cooperation with many others, is progressing.

BRITTO, MARCELO R. Ph.D. Student. Museu de Zoologia da Universidade de São Paulo (MZUSP), Seção de Peixes. Cx. Postal 42594, São Paulo, SP, 04299-970, BRASIL. Tel +55 11 6165-8119 FAX +55 11 6165-8113. e-mail: mrbritto@ib.usp.br

Current work: (1) Ph. D. thesis on the relationships of superfamily Loricarioidea with other Siluriformes (Ostariophysi) (advisor: M. de Pinna); (2) description of a new Corydoras (Callichthyidae) (w/R. Castro; submitted); (3) phylogenetic analysis of the subfamily Corydoradinae (Callichthyidae) (submitted); description of a new Aspidoras (Callichthyidae) (w/F. Lima & C. Moreira); revision of Aspidoras species (Callichthyidae) (w/F. Lima); description of a new Otocinclus (Loricariide) (w/C. Moreira).

BRZOBOHATY, R. Professor, Dept. Geol. Paleontology, Masaryk University, Kotlarska 2, 611 37 Brno, CZECH REPUBLIC. Tel. 420 05 411 29 251; Fax 425 412 112 14; e-mail: rosta@sci.muni.cz

Current work: (1) Study of otoliths from the Lower Miocene (Italy, together with D. Nolf); (2) a revision of the Karpatian (top of the Lower Miocene, Central Paratethys) otolith-based fish fauna; (3) manuscript in press includes new data on the Miocene Stomiiformes from the Carpathian Foredeep (Otoliths, West Carpathians, together with D. Nolf).

BURGESS, WARREN E. Shadow Lake Village, 106 Lexington Court, Red Bank, NJ 07701, U.S.A. E-mail: burgwl@aol.com; Tel. (732) 747-5539

Current work: (1) Work on comprehensive review of Cichlidae, including revisions of the genera (1a) Aequidens and (1b) Xenotilapia, progressing; (2) revision of family Pomacanthidae completed except for minor corrections; (3) review of Corydoradinae (family Callichthyidae) well under way; (4) work progressing well on Anabantoidei; (5) revision of Ambassidae semidormant due to lack of African specimens; (6) larval reef fish studies on (6a) Acanthuridae, (6b) Chaetodontidae, (6c) Pomacanthidae, and (6d) Pomacentridae being illustrated; (7) new species in works in Pomacanthidae, Cichlidae, and Loricariidae; (8) update on catfishes with Lee Finley progressing slowly; (9) interest still strong in Embiotocidae and Chaenopsidae.

BUSBY, MORGAN S. Research Fishery Biologist, National Marine Fisheries Service, Alaska Fisheries Science Center, 7600 Sand Point Way NE, Building 4, Seattle, WA 98115-6349 U.S.A. Tel. (206) 526‑4113 or 4126; Fax (206) 526‑6723; E‑Mail morgan.busby@noaa.gov.

Current Work: (1) Continuing studies on taxonomy of larval and adult snailfishes (family Liparidae) in the North Pacific Ocean and Bering Sea including a description of a new species of Paraliparis from Shelikof Strait Alaska and redescription of Paraliparis holomelas with new records and notes on larval development; redescription of Liparis callyodon; (2) early life history studies of capelin (Mallotus villosus) (family Osmeridae) in the Gulf of Alaska (w/several others); (3) spawning and development of eggs and larvae of arrowtooth flounder (Atheresthes stomias)(family Pleuronectidae) (w/A. Matarese & D. Blood); (4) taxonomy and osteology of juvenile osmerids, gadids and other young fishes from the Gulf of Alaska and Bering Sea; (5) spawning and development of eggs and larvae of the bigmouth sculpin Hemitripterus bolini (family Hemitripteridae) (w/D. Blood & D. Nichol).

BUTH, DONALD G. Professor of Biology, Dept. of Organismic Biology, Ecology, and Evolution, University of California (UCLA), Los Angeles, California 90095-1606, U.S.A. Tel (310) 206-6084; Fax (310) 206-3987; e-mail: dbuth@ucla.edu

Despite a 2001 sabbatical leave, not much has changed since last year. My interests continue for catostomids, cyprinids, gasterosteids, and percids. A paper on Cycleptus (w/R. Mayden) is now in press and one on Myxocyprinus is in prep. Planned 2001-2002 papers should be on catostomids and darters.

CAILLIET, GREGOR M. Professor, Moss Landing Marine Laboratories, 8272 Moss Landing Road, Moss Landing, CA 95039, U.S.A. Tel (831) 632-4432; Fax (831) 633‑4403; E‑Mail cailliet@mlml.calstate.edu

Current work: I am mainly interested in fish ecology and study the age, growth, reproduction, habitat utilization, and recruitment processes of marine and estuarine fishes in Monterey Bay and along the west coast of North America. Using ROVs, submersibles, and nets, we have sampled deep demersal fishes off the Farallon Islands, in Monterey Submarine Canyon, and along the Big Sur coast (Big Creek Ecological Reserve). I continue to work with Allen Andrews on radiometric age validation of deep‑sea rockfishes and we have completed studies on the bocaccio (Sebastes paucispinis) and yelloweye (Sebastes ruberrimus) rockfishes. I also periodically sample fishes in central California habitats: estuaries, sandy and rocky shores, near‑shore soft bottoms, and deep sea. In addition, we just finished a two‑year survey of the shark and ray fishing camps in the Gulf of California. We also completed a comprehensive life history data base on 124 species of nearshore marine fishes funded by the Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission for use under the California Marine Life Management Act, which is available on the California Department of Fish and Game’s web site (http:// www.dfg.ca.gov/mrd/mlma/reports/finfishhistory.html). I continue an interest in the ecology of chondrichthyan fishes and we are working with Dr. David Ebert on skate (family Rajidae) taxonomy on the west coast. I teach courses in Marine Ecology, Ichthyology, Population Biology and Marine Fisheries.

CAPPETTA, HENRI. Laboratoire de Paléontologie, ISEM - Université Montpellier II, Sciences et Techniques du Languedoc Cc 064, Place Eugène Bataillon 34095, Montpellier Cedex 5, FRANCE. Tel: (33) 04 67 14 32 64; Fax: (33) 04 67 14 36 10; E-Mail: cappetta@isem.univ-montp2.fr

Current work: (1) Long-term studies on the Cretaceous and Tertiary elasmobranch faunas collected yearly in the Phosphate deposits of Morocco and Middle-East; (2) studies on the dentition of Recent elasmobranch fishes : Dasyatoidea, mainly dasyatids and urolophids, from Tunisia, Eastern Atlantic and Western Australia (w/different colleagues); (3) a revision of European Eocene Odontaspididae, mainly from Belgium (w/D. Nolf); (4) a study of different Cretaceous elasmobranch faunas from Texas and of a Middle Eocene elasmobranch fauna from the Tallahatta Fm., Alabama (USA, w/G.R. CASE et al.). (5) the completion of a database including all fossil post-Triassic genera and species of elasmobranchs.

CARDOSO, ALEXANDRE RODRIGUES. Graduate Student. Museu de Ciências e Tecnologia, PUCRS (MCP). Av. Ipiranga, 6681. Caixa Postal 1429, 90619-900 Porto Alegre, RS, BRASIL. Tel. (55) 51.320.3500 ex- 4413. Fax. (55) 51.320.3900.

Current work: (1) Taxonomic revision and phylogeny of the subfamily Rhoadsiinae (Characidae, Characiformes); (2) Description of three new species of the genus Hemiancistrus (Loricariidae, Siluriformes) from the rio Tocantins drainage. (w / P. H. F. Lucinda). Submitted; (3) Revision of the species of Rineloricaria from coastal rivers in southern Santa Catarina end northeastern Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil (Pisces, Siluriformes, Loricariidae) and (4) For the Cloffsca participation revision of the subfamily Rhoadsiinae (Characidae, Characiformes).

CARVALHO, MARCELO R. de. Department of Ichthyology, American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West at 79th Street, New York, NY, 10024-5192, USA. Tel. 212-769-5664; Fax 212-769-5642.

Current work: (1) Preparing my PhD thesis for publication (systematics of the electric ray genus Narcine) -- this has been delayed as I await the publication of various new species of Narcine (w/co-authors) and complete a species-level phylogenetic and biogeographic analysis; (2) A revision of the electric ray genus Narke (w/J. Randall); (3) a revision of the eastern Atlantic species of Torpedo (w/B. Seret); (4) descriptions of new species of potamotrygonids (some w/co-authors); (5) description of a Late Cretaceous platyrhinid from southern Italy (for Mesozoic Fishes 3); (6) revisionary work on the Eocene batoid fauna of Monte Bolca is on-going (new data collected in Verona in 2000 and 2001), to be published by the Museo Civico di Storia Naturale di Verona; description of potamotrygonid fossils from South America (w/J. Lundberg); (7) contributions for the multi-authored and comprehensive FAO batoid catalog underway (electric rays, stingrays). Please note my return to the Department of Ichthyology of the AMNH.

CASATTI, LILIAN. Postdoctoral researcher, Laboratório de Ictiologia de Ribeirão Preto (LIRP), Dep. Biologia, FFCLRP-USP, Ribeirão Preto, 14040-901, BRAZIL. e-mail: licasatti@netsitemail.com.br; Tel. 55-16-6023710; Fax 55-16-6023666;

Current work: (1) Study of the ichthyofauna of reference-streams in São Paulo State (Morro do Diabo State Park) as part of the Thematic Project “Fish Diversity of the headwaters and streams of the upper Paraná River system in the State of São Paulo, Brazil”, coordinated by Ricardo M.C. Castro, part of the BIOTA/FAPESP - The Biodiversity Virtual Institute Program (www.biotasp.org.br); (2) phylogeny of South American freshwater Sciaenidae based on morphological characters (reviewing manuscript); (3) systematic revision of Pachypops and Plagioscion, family Sciaenidae (manuscripts submitted); (4) systematic revision of Pachyurus, family Sciaenidae (in press.); (5) preparation of Sciaenidae chapter for CLOFFSCA (Check List of Freshwater Fishes of South and Central America); (6) description of a new species of Pachyurus from Ecuador (w/ L.N. Chao); (7) description of a new species of Trichomycterus (family Trichomycteridae) from Morro do Diabo State Park (w/ F.A. Bockmann); (8) biology of Trichomycterus sp. From Morro do Diabo State Park (manuscript submitted); (9) diet of a fish community in Macrophyte banks (w/ H.F. Mendes & K.M. Ferreira).

CASCIOTTA, JORGE R. Div. Zoologia Vertebrados, Museo de La Plata, Paseo del Bosque, 1900 La Plata, ARGENTINA; E-Mail: jrcas@museo.fcynm.unlp.edu.ar

Current work: (1) Study of the freshwater fishes from La Plata basin (2) I will continue with systematic studies on Argentinean Miocene freshwater fishes (w/A. Cione & M. Azpelicueta).

CASTRO, RICARDO M.C. Docente, Laboratório de Ictiologia, Depto de Biologia, FFCLRP - Universidade de São Paulo, Av. dos Bandeirantes 3900, CEP 14040-901, Ribeirão Preto, SP, BRASIL. Tel. 55-16-602-3817; Fax 55-16-602-366; e-mail: rmcastro@ffclrp.usp.br

Current Research: (1) Phylogenetic and revisionary studies of the family Prochilodontidae (w/R. P. Vari); (2) description and phylogenetic relationships of a new species of blind pimelodid catfish from a cave in the state of Bahia, northeastern Brazil (w/T.X. de Abreu); (3) revision and phylogenetic studies of Rhamdiopsis Haseman (Siluriformes, Pimelodidae) (w/F.A. Bockmann & Carlos R.S.F. Bizerril); (4) ecomorphology of the fishes from the headwaters of the São Francisco River, state of Minas Gerais, southeastern Brazil (w/L. Casatti); (5) description and phylogenetic studies of a new genus and species of Glandulocaudinae fish (Characiformes, Characidae) from the upper Paraná River basin, State of Minas Gerais (w/A.C. Ribeiro, Ricardo C. Benine & A.L.A. Melo); (6) description and phylogenetic studies of a new genus and species of a Bramocharax-like tetragonopterin from the upper Paraíba do Sul River, State of São Paulo (w/R.C. Benine & A.C. Ribeiro);.(7) redescription and phylogenetic appraisal of Henochilus wheatlandii Garman, 1890 (Characiformes, Characidae) (w/R.P. Vari); (8) phylogenetic and revisionary studies of Leporellus Lütken (Characiformes, Anostomidae) (w/R.P. Vari & L. Casatti); (9) taxonomic revision of the Upper Paraná River species of Astyanax Baird & Girard (Characiformes, Characidae) (w/R.P. Vari); (10) coordination of a four years (started in December 01, 1998) BIOTA/FAPESP’s Thematic Project on the fish diversity of the headwaters and streams of the upper Paraná River system in the State of São Paulo, southeastern Brazil (w/H.A. Britski, José L. Figueiredo, Naércio A. Menezes, Julio C. Garavello, Richard P. Vari, Stanley H. Weitzman and many students and technicians from FFCLRP-USP and MZUSP) (1, 2, 3, 4, 5 completed and in the manuscript writing stage).

CASTRO-AGUIRRE, JOSÉ LUIS. Full Professor and Senior Scientist. Dept. de Pesquerías y Biología Marina, Centro Interdisciplinario de Ciencias Marinas, I.P.N. Apdo. 592. La Paz, Baja California Sur 23001 MÉXICO. Tel. (6)122 5322/ 2 5366. Fax (6)122 5344. E-mail: jlcastroaguirre@hotmail.com

Current work: (1) The Mexican sharks catalog w/H. Espinosa Pérez and L. Huidobro-Campos is ended and is programmed to go to press at the end of 2001; (2) the paper on the new species of Lile from Eastern Pacific w/ G. Ruíz-Campos and E.F. Balart, is going to be published this year in the Bull. Southern California Academy of Sciences; (3) a new rcord of Echiophis brunneus (Ophichtiidae) from the northern Golfo de California w/G. Ruíz-Campos, will also be published in the same journal; (4) studying several specimens of Mustelus (Triakidae) from off Bahía Magdalena, B.C.S. w/J. De La Cruz-Agüero; (5) analyzing several samples of Eugerres mexicanus, w/A. González-Acosta, from the Río Usumacinta basin; (6) collaborating with Dr. Stephen Norris (Univ. of Ohio) in the chapter of Dr. Robert R. Miller's book on the History of Mexican Ichthyology; (7) collaborating with Dr. G. Ruíz-Campos et al. in a chapter (of a book on the Mexican freshwater fishes) on the continental fishes of Baja California Sur.

CHAKRABARTY, PROSANTA . Doctoral student, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Michigan; Fish Division, Museum of Zoology Bldg. 79, 1109 Geddes Ave. Ann Arbor, MI 48109, U.S.A.. Tel 734-222-4675 e-mail: pchakrab@umich.edu

Current work: (1) Biogeography and systematics of neotropical and/or African cichlids. (Tentative dissertation topic).

CHEN, WEI-JEN. Postdoctoral Research Associate, School of Biological Sciences, University of Nebraska, 315 Manter Hall, Lincoln, NE, 68588-0118, U.S.A. Tel : (402) 472 3999; fax: (402) 472 2083; e-mail: wchen@biocomp.unl.edu

My work concerns mainly the application of molecular tools and a phylogenetic framework to interpret fish diversity and document the existing classification, which relies generally on loosely formulated “phylogenetic syntheses”. I am also interested in developing methodologies associated with reconstruction of macrophylogeny. Current projects: (1) High-level molecular phylogeny of ray-finned fishes (Actinopterygii) (w/G. Ortí); (2) molecular phylogeny of the Esociformes (Protacanthopterygii) and allies (w/G. Orti & A. Lopez); (3) molecular phylogeny of spiny fishes (Acanthomorpha) (PhD dissertation with G. Lecointre); (4) phylogeny of the higher Antarctic teleosts (Suborder Notothenioidei, with G. Lecointre).

CHEN, XIAO-YONG. Dept. of Systematic Zoology, Kunming Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Kunming, Yunnan, P. R. CHINA. 650223. Tel. 86-871-5196361; Fax: 86-871-5191823; E-mail: chenxy@mail.kiz.ac.cn

Current work: (1) Phylogeny and speciation of the indigenous fishes of Erhai Lake, Dali, Yunnan; (2) phylogeny and zoogeography of genus Barbodes Bleeker(Cyprinidae) in Yunnan, China, with the descriptions of two new species from upper Irrawaddy and upper Salween; (3) taxonomy and phylogeny of genus Schizothorax (Cyprinidae) in Yunnan; (5) taxonomy and phylogeny of genus Paracobitis (Cobitidae) in Yunnan. I am currently interested in Schizothorax, Barbinae and Cyprininae fishes, expecially those species occurring in lower Irrawaddy, Salween, Mekong and Red River.

CHEN, ZI-MING. Ph.D. candidate, Dept. of Systematic Zoology, Kunming Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Kunming, Yunnan, P. R. CHINA 650223. Tel: 86-871-5196361. Fax: 86-871-5191823. E-mail: chenxy@mail.kiz.ac.cn

Current work: (1) Taxonomy, phylogeny and zoogeography of the subfamily Barbinae distributed in Yunnan, China; (2) study on the conservation and restoration of the indigenous fishes in Dianchi Lake; (3) phylogeny and zoogeography of the specialized schizothoracine fishes (including genera Diptychus, Ptychobarbus and Gymnodiptychus); (4) study on the biology and conservation of the indigenous fish Ptychobarbus chungtienensis in Bita Lake of Zhongdian County, Yunnan. I am currently interested in Barbinae and Schizothorax fishes, espceially those species distributed in Yunnan, lower Irrawaddy, Salween, Mekong and Red River, and the cave-dwelling fishes in China. I also like to do conservation works on the endemic fishes of Yunnan.

COAD, BRIAN W. Research Scientist, Canadian Museum of Nature, P.O. Box 3443, Station D, Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA K1P 6P4. Tel (613) 364-4067; Fax (613) 364-4027; e-mail: bcoad@mus-nature.ca

Current work: (1) Editing and writing sections of the book "Arctic Marine Fishes of Canada"; (2) writing up papers on the Canadian and Iranian ichthyofauna, including systematic and ecological problems; (3) sadly, obituaries and a bibliography of Don E. McAllister; (4) on sabbatical 1 July 2001 to 30 June 2002 working on a web site on Iranian fishes.

COHEN, DANIEL M. P. O. Box 192. Bodega Bay, CA 94923, U.S.A.

Continued work on bythitids, including description of a new species of Diplacanthopoma with Jorgen Nielsen and section on Bythitidae for Fishes of the Western Indian Ocean with Eric Anderson.

COLLETTE, BRUCE B. Senior Scientist, National Marine Fisheries Service National Systematics Laboratory, National Museum of Natural History, Washington, D.C. 20560-0153, U.S.A. (202)357‑2524, Fax (202)357‑1896. E‑mail: collette.bruce@nmnh.si.edu

Current work: (1) Shore fishes of Navassa Island (w/J. Williams, C. Thacker & M. Smith); (2) sections on Belonidae and Hemiramphidae for Fishes of the western North Atlantic; (3) FAO world catalogue of beloniform fishes (w/N.V. Parin); (4) biodiversity of Bear Seamount, New England Seamount chain (w/J.A. Moore, M. Vecchione, K. Hartel, J.K Galbraith, R. Gibbons, M. Turnipseed, M. Southworth & E. Watkins); (5) phylogenetic studies of the Belonidae (w/H. Banford & N. Lovejoy); (6) revision of halfbeaks of the genus Zenarchopterus; (7) sexual dimorphism in the southeast Asian freshwater needlefish, Xenentodon (w/M. Kottelat); (8) faunal study of the fishes of the West Wind Drift islands and sea mounts; (9) hermaphroditism in Serranus novemcinctus (w/C. Roberts); and (10) continued participation in refinement of ITIS, the Integrated Taxonomic Information System (URL: http://www.itis.usda.gov/itis). Long‑range studies continue on the systematics of the Scombridae, Belonidae, and Hemiramphidae.

CRAIG, MATTHEW T. Scripps Insitution of Oceanography, UCSD Mail Code 0208, 9500 Gilman Dr, La Jolla, CA 93093, USA. E-mail: mcraig@ucsd.edu

Current research: (1) Continuation of previous study on the phylogenetic relationships among the epinepheline serranids; (2) molecular phylogeny and biogeography of the chaenopsid genus Corraliozetus; (3) population genetic structure in Epinephelus labriformis throughout the eastern Pacific, and (4) patterns and rates of speciation in marine fishes across the Isthmus of Panama.

DELLING, BO. Ph.D. student, Department of Vertebrate Zoology, Swedish Museum of Natural History, P.O. Box 50007, S-104 05 Stockholm, SWEDEN. Tel 46-8 5195 4114; Fax -5195 4212; e-mail: bo.delling@nrm.se

Current work: (1) A systematic study of the salmonid genus Salmo; (2) geographic variation in the cottid genus Triglopsis.

DERIJST, EDDY. Aquariumwereld B.B.A.T. Werfstraat 6, B-9500 Geraardsbergen, BELGIUM. Tel. & fax +32 54.58.93.59 (& I.R.S.N.B. div. ichthyology Vautierstraat 29, B-1000 Brussels, Belgium); e-mail: eddyderijst.systichthys@belgacom.net

Current work: Still working on a systematic overview of the fishes. Order, family and genus composition are followed and updated with new described taxa or revisions. Several nomenclatural problems are in study.

DODD, KATHRYN A. M.S. Candidate, School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences, University of Washington, Box 355100, Seattle, WA 98195, U.S.A. Tel (206) 543-8699; Fax (206) 685-3275; e-mail: kdodd@u.washington.edu

My thesis project is an examination of the systematics and zoogeography of the fishes of the family Anoplogastridae under the direction of my major professor, Dr. Ted Pietsch. This fall I am planning visits to several collections in Europe as part of my thesis research. I have also recently started working with the NMFS Alaska Fisheries Science Center on curation and maintenance of their observer training collection and on teaching fish identification to their observers.

ECONOMIDIS, PANOS STAVROS. Professor, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Department of Zoology, Box 134, GR-54006 Thessaloniki, GREECE. Fax: + 30-31-99.82.79; Tel. + 30-31-99.82.65 & -99.83.34, e-mail:psecon@bio.auth.gr

Current work: Continuation of those referred in Newsletter of 2000: (1) Critical revision on endemic fresh water fish; (2) action Plan for protection of endemic freshwater fish species of Greece, (3) Some new endemic freshwater fish taxa; (4) contribution to the Handbook Freshwater Fishes Europe, Aula Verlag; (5) new records of marine fish from Greek seas and (6) diadromes fish species, as sturgeon, shads in Greek water.

ELVIRA, BENIGNO Professor, Department of Animal Biology I, Faculty of Biology, Complutense University of Madrid, E-28040 Madrid, SPAIN. Tel. +34 91 3944946; Fax +34 91 3944947; e-mail: belvira@bio.ucm.es

Current work: (1) Researches on the taxonomy and biogeography of the Iberian freshwater fishes; (2) projects on conservation of Spanish freshwater fishes.

ESCHMEYER, WILLIAM N. Dept. of Ichthyology, California Academy of Sciences, Golden Gate PArk, San Francisco, CA 94118 USA. Tel (415) 750-7049; e-mail: weschmeyer@calacademy.org; Fax (415) 750-7148.

Current work: We continue to work actively on the Catalog of Fishes database, especially with support from the Sloan Foundation. A new version of the Catalog of Fishes will appear on the Academy's www site (www.calacademy.org/research/ichthyology/catalog/catalog_online.html) in late December 2001 or just thereafter. Now the Academy closing has been pushed out to at least 2 years from now (and I expect it might be later than that) -- see last year's newsletter. Jack Randall kindly took over an old manuscript of mine on Scorpaenopsis and enlarged it, completed it, and added many beautiful pictures and some more new species. That will appear December 2001 as Indo-Pacific Fishes no. 34. A new project is briefly discussed in an announcement -- Annotated Checklists for Fishes. We are hoping for a modest grant from NSF to assist in the project. I have contacted some ichthyologists and the interest seem high. Basically, we will work with specialists with their manuscripts, and they will be the authors. I hope to contact more potential authors in January 2002. If you are a specialist in a group or have a special knowledge in a group, please express that interest to me. I continue as the department chair, but please contact Dave Catania regarding loan correspondence (dcatania@calacademy.org).

ESPINOSA, P. HECTOR. Curator of Fishes, Dept. of Zoología Instituto de Biología, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. AP. 70-153 MEXICO 04510. D.F. Tel. 5622-9147 Fax 5550-0164 e-mail:hector@servidor.unam.mx

Current work: (1) Study of the geographic distribution of the Mexican freshwater fish species; (2) with the ASIH-AFS common names committee, revision of the Mexican common names for the next list; (3) an international effort for the study of the native trout (Onchorhynchus) of Southern North America with D. Hendrickson, F. García and R. Mayden; (4) with Dr. Castro-Aguirre a revision of the brackish fishes. (students: L. Huidobro - revision of Poeciliopsis genus (Poeciliidae). X. Valencia - revision of the Mexican Cichlidae (Cichlidae). A. Daza - a study of the Syngnathidae in Mexican coast.

FANG, FANG. Associate Researcher, Dept. of Vertebrate Zoology, Swedish Museum of Natural History, P.O. Box 50007, S-104 05 Stockholm, SWEDEN. Tel 46-8 5195-4123; Fax –5195 4212; e-mail: fang.Fang@nrm.se

Current work: I finished my PhD study this year, and am planning to further explore the rasborine phylogeny. A danionin phylogenetic analysis based on molecular data is under completion. Please note that my doctoral thesis was published using my official name, Kullander, F.F. It was just to follow the university registration rule. I apologize for the inconvenience and confusion which may have been caused. In the future, I will continue using the name, Fang Fang, for my publications.

FERNHOLM, BO. Head, Department of Vertebrate Zoology, Swedish Museum of Natural History, P.O. Box 50007, S-104 05 Stockholm, SWEDEN. Tel. 46-8 5195 4110; Fax –5195 4212; e-mail: bo.fernholm@nrm.se

Current work: Hagfish systematics.

FIERSTINE, HARRY L. Professor emeritus, Biological Sciences Department, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, CA 93407, U.S.A. Tel (805) 544-6672 (home); Fax (805) 756-1419; e-mail: hfiersti@calpoly.edu

Current work: (1) Description of Blochius longirostris (Scombroidei: Blochiidae), middle Eocene, Monte Bolca, Italy (w/K. Monsch); (2) description of billfish remains (Scombroidei: ?Blochiidae and Xiphiorhynchidae) from the late Oligocene of South Carolina (w/R. Weems) and Washington; (3) beginning in Spring, 2002, description of a complete skull tentatively identified as Xiphiorhynchus from the lower Oligocene of Austria and housed in the Bavarian State Collection, Munich (w/F. Pfeil).

FREYHOF, JÖRG. Dept. of Biology and Ecology of Fishes, Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries, Müggelseedamm 310, 12587 Berlin, GERMANY. Tel (++49 30 64181 613; Fax ++49 30 64181 750; E‑Mail freyhof@igb-berlin.de

Current work: (1) Ecology of fish communities in large river; (2) study of the ichthyofauna of Europe and Asia; (3) evolution and phylogeography of European freshwater fish; (4) taxonomic review of European Cottus (Cottidae) and far eastern Cobitine loaches (Cobitidae).

FRIEL, JOHN P. Curator of Fishes, Cornell University Museum of Vertebrates, Dept. of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, Cornell University, E151 Corson Hall, Ithaca, NY 14853-2701, U.S.A. Tel. 607-257-8143; Fax 607-257-1720; E-Mail jpf19@cornell.edu

Current work: (1) Functional morphology of the spine locking and sound production mechanisms of catfish pectoral girdles (Siluriformes); (2) descriptions of new banjo catfishes (Aspredinidae); (3) phylogenetic relationships of endemic Malagasy catfishes of the genus Ancharius, (4) identification of recently collected freshwater fishes from Cameroon and Gabon.

FROESE, RAINER. Institute for Marine Research, Düsternbrooker Weg 20, 24105 Kiel, GERMANY. e-mail: rfroese@ifm.uni-kiel.de

Current work: (1) With the help of the FishBase Team and many partners, continue coordination of FishBase, a global database currently containing key information on over 25,500 species of fish (see www.fishbase.org); (2) collaborate with W.N. Eschmeyer and with collection managers to provide coherent on-line access to collection databases (currently 16 collections with over 1 million records can be accessed through FishBase); (3) continue to work on the Species 2000 Project Management Team (see Catalogue of Life, www.sp2000.org); (4) serve on the OBIS International Committee to combine marine species data with physical oceanography data; (5) do research on life history of fish and on understanding of large marine ecosystems.

FUIMAN, LEE A. Professor and Senior Research Scientist, Department of Marine Science, University of Texas at Austin, 750 Channel View Drive, Port Aransas, Texas 78373, U.S.A. Tel. (361) 7496775; Fax (361) 7496777; e-mail: lee@utmsi.utexas.edu; www.utmsi.utexas.edu/staff/fuiman

Current work: (1) Review of sensory systems in coral reef fishes (w/ A.A. Mryberg, Jr.); (2) Individual variation in antipredator performance of red drum larvae (w/J.H. Cowan) (Sciaenidae); (3) sublethal effects of contaminant exposure on behavior of Atlantic croaker larvae (Sciaenidae) (w/P. Thomas, D. Sabath, I. McCarthy, M. Alvarez); (4) causes and consequences of individual differences in growth rates of red drum larvae (w/ M.E. Smith); (5) editing a textbook on the contributions of early life stages to fishery science; (6) underwater behavior of antarctic fishes as viewed by their predator (Nototheniidae); (7) foraging behavior and physiology of Weddell seals under the antarctic fast ice and Steller sea lions in Alaska (it's not exactly fish, but it's really cool and it provided the data for item 6 and a publication on fish behavior and distribution). I will be at McMurdo Station, Antarctica during October, November, and December 2002.

GARAVELLO, JULIO C. Depto. de Ecologia e Biologia Evolutiva, Universidade Federal de São Carlos, 13565-905, São Carlos, São Paulo, BRAZIL. Tel 016 260‑8321; Fax 016 260-8322; E‑Mail garavelo@power.ufscar.br

Current work: (1) The revisionary studies of the Anostomidae genus Schizodon and Leporinus continues (w/H.A. Britski); (2) the continuing revision of Hisonotus and Microlepidogaster of the Hypoptopomatinae subfamily (Loricariidae) was pushed to 2002 (w/S.A. Schaefer & H.A. Britski); (3) the revision of genus Steindachneridion of Pimelodidae continues; (4) descriptions of new species of the genera Hypostomus, Rhamdia and Pimelodus from the rio Iguaçu basin (w/O.A. Shibatta) is coming soon.

GHAZZI, MIRIAM S. Graduate student. Secao de Peixes, Museu de Zoologia da Universidade de Sao Paulo, P.O. Box 42694, Sao Paulo, SP, BRAZIL. 04299-970. Tel (11) 61658119 Fax (11) 61658113. E-mail: ghazzi@ib.usp.br

Current work: (1) I' m still working on my Ph.D. project on the systematics of the genus Sturisoma (Siluriformes, Loricariidae), including taxonomic revision, and phylogenetic relationships of the genus among other loricarids; (2) submitting a manuscript about nomenclatural status of Sturisoma kneri.

GHEDOTTI, MICHAEL J. Assistant Professor of Biology, Dept. of Biology, D-8, Regis University, 3333 Regis Blvd., Denver, Colorado 80221-1099, U.S.A. Tel (303) 458-4091; FAX (303) 964-5480; e-mail: mghedott@regis.edu

Current work: (1) phylogenetic revision of the North American topminnows of the subgenus Xenisma (Genus Fundulus) using morphological characters; (2) osteology and relationships of fossil North American cyprinodontiform fishes. Long-range studies include a phylogenetic revision of the family Fundulidae as well of similar studies of various smaller cyprinodontiform groups.

GIBRAN, FERNANDO Z. Doctoral student. Laboratório de Ictiologia de Ribeirão Preto (LIRP), Depto. de Biologia, FFCLRP-USP, Av. Bandeirantes, 3900, 14040-901, Ribeirão Preto, SP, BRAZIL. Tel 55 (0XX16) 602-3710; E-mail: fergibran@hotmail.com

Current work: (1) Doctoral project "Biology and ecomorphology of a coastal marine fish community in southeastern Brazil" (since August 2000); (2) "The sea basses Diplectrum formosum and D. radiale (Serranidae) as followers of the sea star Luidia senegalensis (Asteroidea) in southeastern Brazil", submitted to Brazilian Journal of Biology; (3) "Diet of Crenicichla britskii Kullander, 1982 (Perciformes: Cichlidae) in a second order stream of Rio Aguapeí basin, Upper Rio Paraná system, southeastern Brazil" (w/K.M. Ferreira & R.M.C. Castro), submitted to BIOTA NEOTROPICA (www.biotaneotropica.org.br); (4) studies on the biology and mating behavior of the hairy blenny Labrisomus nuchipinnis (Labrisomidae) in western south Atlantic (in preparation w/F.B. Santos, J. Sabino & H.F. dos Santos); (5) coastal fish fauna from Canal de São Sebastião, São Paulo State, Brazil (a field guide in preparation w/ R.M.C. Castro, F.B. Santos, B.S. Daher & H.F. dos Santos); (6) I am still working on other manuscripts resultants from my M.Sc. thesis with activity, feeding behavior, diet and comparative morphology associated with feeding of D. formosum, D. radiale, Epinephelus marginatus and Mycteroperca acutirostris (Serranidae).

GILL, ANTHONY C. Researcher - Fishes, Department of Zoology, The Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, London SW7 5BD, U.K. Tel. 44 (0)20 7942 5697; Fax 44 (0)20 7942 5433; e-mail: t.gill@nhm.ac.uk; url: http://www.nhm.ac.uk/zoology/home/gill.htm

Current work: Studies listed in the last several issues on acanthomorph relationships and anatomy (particularly on gobioids, pseudochromids and centrogeniids) and on the systematics and biogeography of various Indo-Pacific taxa (particularly pseudochromids, xenisthmids, gobiids, Notograptus, Balistapus, Canthidermis, Scatophagus and Lates) continue at various rates (w/ various collaborators); recent fieldwork has been in southeastern Queensland (w/ J. Johnson and other QM staff). New studies include: (1) popular guide to pseudochromids (w/ H. Tanaka); (2) pseudochromids of Socotra, including descriptions of three new species (w/ U. Zajonz); (3) description of a new Pseudochromis from Mindoro, Philippines (w/ J. Williams); (4) report on a collection of small reef fishes from Pompey Reefs, Great Barrier Reef (w/ J. Johnson); and (5) phylogeny of basal gobioids (w/ R.D. Mooi & C. Thacker).

GOLANI, DANIEL. Curator of Fishes, Department of Evolution, Systematics and Ecology, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 91904, Jerusalem, ISRAEL. Tel 972-2-658-5872; FAX 972-2-658-4741; e-mail: dgolani@cc.huji.ac.il

Current work: (1) The marine ichthyofauna of the eastern Mediterranean, with emphasis on the colonization of Red Sea species (Lessepsian migration); (2) sandy shore and artificial reef communities of Red Sea and Mediterranean fish; (3) taxonomy and genetics of Mullidae; (4) ichthyofauna of the Seychelles (w/A. Baranes, M. Goren & A. Diamant); (5) taxonomy of Holocentridae; (6) commercial fisheries in the Levant.

GOMON, MARTIN F. Senior Curator, Ichthyology, Sciences Department, Museum Victoria, GPO Box 666E, Melbourne, Victoria 3001, AUSTRALIA. E‑Mail mgomon@museum.vic.gov.au; Tel (61 3) 8341-7435; FAX (61 3) 8341 7442;

Current work: (1) Preparation of the final manuscript for a revision of the genus Bodianus (family Labridae); (2) revision of the genera Cheilinus and Oxycheilinus (family Labridae) with Westneat and Randall; (3) revision of the genus Choerodon (Labridae); (4) review of the Australian species of Lepidotrigla (family Triglidae); (5) review of the Australasian species of Paralaemonema (family Moridae), with Last; (6) description of two new species of Kathetostoma (family Uransoscopidae) from New Zealand, with McPhee. I am involved with other Australian fish taxonomists of the OzFishNet consortium in pursuing a number of projects that will provide a better understanding of Australian species and access to collection information, including dedicated publications for the description of new species (see Announcements), OZCAM (On-line Zoological Collections in Australian Museums) and other Internet accessible facilities.

GON, OFER. JLB Smith Institute of Ichthyology, Private Bag 1015, Grahamstown 6140, SOUTH AFRICA. Tel. (46) 636-1002; Fax (46) 622-2403; e-mail: O.Gon@ru.ac.za

Current work: (1) Work on the cardinalfishes of the western Indian Ocean continues (Apogonidae); (2) revisions of the genus Siphamia (w/G.R. Allen) and of the Apogon coccineus group (w/D. Greenfield) continue; (3) description of a new species of Gymnapogon (w/D. Golani) (Apogonidae); (4) review of western Indian Ocean clupeiform fish (w/M.E. Anderson) continues (Clupeiformes).

GONZÁLEZ-ACOSTA, ADRIÁN F. Doctorate student, Ichthyological Collection, Centro Interdisciplinario de Ciencias Marinas, I.P.N. Apartado Postal 592, La Paz, Baja California Sur, MÉXICO, 23096. Tel (112) 253-44; Fax (112) 253-22; e-mail: aacosta@ipn.mx, agacosta@hotmail.com

Current work: (1) Systematic and biogeographic study of the Genus Eugerres (Gerreidae) as my doctoral research, under advice of Dr J.L. Castro-Aguirre; (2) study of the continental fishes of Baja California peninsula (w/ Dr G. Ruiz-Campos and Dr J.L. Castro-Aguirre); studies on fish communities in estuaries and lagoons of Baja California Sur, and mangrove associated fish fauna (w/Dr J. De la Cruz-Agüero, Dr J.L. Castro-Aguirre, Dr. G. Ruiz-Campos, and Dr G. De la Cruz-Agüero); (3) second record of a mature female of Regalecus kinoi (w/Dr J.L. Castro-Aguirre and Dr J.L. Ortiz-Galindo); (4) actually working with the revision of the taxonomic status of Eugerres axillaris-Eugerres lineatus complex, and Eugerres mexicanus complex (w/Dr J.L. Castro-Aguirre and J. De la Cruz-Agüero.

GOSZTONYI, ATILA E. Ichthyology Laboratory, Centro Nacional Patagónico (CONICET), (9120) Puerto Madryn, Chubut, Argentina. Tel +54 2965 451 024; FAX +54 2965 451 543; e-mail: goszto@cenpat.edu.ar

Current work: (1) Biology and taxonomy of inshore fishes of Chubut Province, Argentina, (Atherinopsidae, Nototheniidae, Batrachoididae, Tripterygiidae); (2) Biology of the Río Chubut fishes (Diplomystidae, Atherinopsidae, Percichthyidae and Salmonidae) (3) Building and organization of the ichthyological colllection of the Centro Nacional Patagónico (Puerto Madryn, Chubut, Argentina).

GREENFIELD, DAVID W. Department of Zoology, University of Hawaii, 2538 The Mall, Honolulu, HI 96822, U.S.A. Tel (808) 956-8618; Fax (808) 956-9812; e-mail: greenfie@hawaii.edu

Current work: (1) Jack Randall and I have received NSF support to continue our work on Fiji fishes. We will be in the field in the spring of 2002. (2) My work on the gobies of Hawaii, also with Jack Randall, is nearing completion. (3) I am working with Ofer Gon on the Apogon coccineus complex. (4) I also am working on two new Apogon species, a scorpionfish, and two eels from Fiji. (4) I continue to make progress on finishing the bone drawings for my revision of the toadfish genera.

GUAZZELLI, GIZELANI M. Doctoral student, Seção de Peixes do Museu de Zoologia da Universidade de São Paulo (MZUSP). Av. Nazaré, 481 CEP 04263-000, São Paulo/SP. BRAZIL. Tel/Fax (011) 6165-8113; e-mail; Guazelli@ib.usp.br/ Gizelani@uol.com.br

Current work: (1) Relationships of the genus Pimelodella Eigenmann & Eigenmann, 1888 (Siluriformes, Pimelodidae), including a taxonomic revision, which is my Ph.D thesis under suprvision of Dr. Naércio Menezes; (2) subfamily Heptapterinae for the Check List of the Freshwater Fishes of South and Central America (CLOFFSCA) (w/ F. Bockmann)

HIERONIMUS, HARRO. P.O.Box 170209, D-42624 Solingen, GERMANY. E-mail: harro@hieronimus.de; Tel. +212-819878; Fax +212-816216.

Current work: (1) Behaviour of gambusiine fishes; (2) taxonomic work with Corydoras.

HORN, MICHAEL H. Professor of Biology, Dept. of Biological Science, California State University, Fullerton, CA 92834, U.S.A. Tel (714) 278-3707; FAX (714) 278-3426; e-mail: mhorn@fullerton.edu

Current work: (1) Genetic adaptation and phenotypic plasticity in gut structure and function in pricklebacks (Stichaeidae) in an ontogenetic and a phylogenetic context, with research associate Anna Gawlicka and graduate students Donovan German and Kelly Kim; (2) trophic position in pricklebacks in an ontogenetic and a phylogenetic context, with graduate student Mike Saba; (3) convergent evolution in intertidal fishes from Californian and Chilean shores, with graduate student Kelly Boyle; (4) comparative gut structure and function in New World silversides (Atherinopsidae), with Anna Gawlicka; (5) evolution of stomachlessness in the Atherinomorpha, with Anna Gawlicka and postgraduate Elaine Logothetis; (6) a multi-authored book entitled Ecology of California Marine Fishes, edited by Larry Allen, Michael Horn and Daniel Pondella, and scheduled for publication by the University of California Press in 2003.

HOWE, JEFFREY C. 2912 Crown Colony Court, Mobile, AL 36695, U.S.A. Tel (251) 661-6860; e-mail: jchowe132@aol.com

Current work: By the middle of 2001, I had finally completed all fish-related studies (e.g., standard length, pigfish diet – see literature cited) that had been ongoing for many years. Unfortunately I have no new fish studies at present. My time is consumed by water quality and oyster growth and mortality studies in Mobile Bay, Alabama.

ISHIHARA, HAJIME Marine Biologist, Institute of skatology, 10-11-203 Minamifujisawa, Fujisawa, 251-0055 JAPAN. Tel. & Fax: +81-466-235550; E-Mail: skatolog@fsinet.or.jp

Current Work: (1) Systematic study of the superorder Batoidea; (2) systematic study of the freshwater elasmobranchs in India, southeast Asia and Madagascar with T. Taniuchi and Sho Tanaka; (3) systematic study of the demersal fishes of Ghana; (4) research of the endangered elasmobranchs with SSG/IUCN. In May I attended the 6th Indo-Pacific Fish Conference in Durban, where I met lots of old friends from all around the world. I enjoyed visiting the Natal Shark Board. From July to August, I joined the demersal fish resources survey in Ghana and we were successful in catching more than 160 species of marine animals including bony fishes, cartilagenous fishes and invertebrata From August to September I joined the survey for the freshwater elasmobranchs in Madagascar. We were succesful in catching four specimens of the sawfish, Pristis microdon.

IWAMOTO, TOMIO Curator, Dept. of Ichthyology, California Academy of Sciences, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA 94118 USA. Tel: 415-750-7054; fax: 415-750-7148; email: tiwamoto@calacademy.org.

Current work: (1) Chapter on grenadiers (w/P.J. McMillan) for book on New Zealand EEZ fishes (Clive Roberts project leader) being pushed for completion this year; (2) gobies of genus Sicydium from São Tomé et Principé (w/F. Pezold); (3) descriptions of new Caelorinchus spp. from Taiwan (w/K-T. Shao & M.-L. Chiou); (4) description of a new “West Wind Drift” species of Caelorinchus with Bryan Marquardt & Yuri Shcherbachev. Await publication of manuscripts submitted to Cybium describing (w/N. Ungaro) a new Caelorinchus from the Mediterranean; to Rev. Bio. Trop. on a new Galapagos grenadier w/J. McCosker; to FAO identification guide for western central Atlantic (Gadiformes w/D. Cohen). Collected freshwater/estuarine fishes in São Tomé in April during a multidisciplinary expedition of Academy. Made a small collection of market fishes in Taiwan during short visit in July.

JAVONILLO, ROBERT. Graduate Student, University of Charleston, Grice Marine Laboratory, 205 Fort Johnson, Charleston, SC 29412, U.S.A. Tel (843) 406-4033; Fax (843) 406-4001; e-mail: rjavonil@edisto.cofc.edu

Current work: M.S. thesis with Antony S. Harold on the taxonomy and phylogenetic relationships of Chasmodes (Blenniidae) taxa, using morphological and molecular methods, to be finished in 2002.

JAWAD, LAITH A. School of Biological Sciences, The University of Auckland, Private Bag 92019, Auckland, NEW ZEALAND. Tel (64) 9 3737599, Fax 64 9 3737 417. e-mail: l.jawad@auckland.ac.nz

Current work: I am still engaged in the Ph.D. research program at the School of Biological Sciences, Auckland University. The Ph.D. topic is the phylogenetic relationship of the triplefin fishes of New Zealand. Most of my previous work on the fishes of Yemen and Libya was published or is in different stages of publication. Please note that my surname was changed from Al-Hassan to Jawad .

KEITH, PHILIPPE. Laboratoire d'ichtyologie, Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle , 43 rue Cuvier, 75231 Paris cedex 05, FRANCE. Tel. (33) 01-40-79-48-3; Fax (33) 40-79-37-71; e-mail: keith@mnhn.fr

Current work : (1) Study of the ichthyofauna of French Guiana (South America) in particular Gymnotiformes, Siluriformes (Doradidae, Trichomycteridae, Cetopsidae) and Perciformes (Gobiidae, Eleotridae) with description of new species, and study of the endemism and biogeography; (2) study of the freshwater ichthyofauna of Indo-Pacific area in particular in Gobiidae and Eleotridae with description of new species, and study of the endemism and biogeography.

KIMURA, SEISHI. Assoc. Professor, Fisheries Research Lab., Mie University, P.O. Box 11, Wagu, Shima, Mie 517-0703 JAPAN; Tel +81-599-85-4604; Fax +81-599-85-5492; E-Mail: kimura-s@bio.mie-u.ac.jp

Current work: (1) Revision of Indo-Pacific marine atherinid fishes (family Atherinidae) (w/Y. Iwatsuki & T. Yoshino); (2) revision of Indo-Pacific leiognathid fishes (family leiognathidae) (w/Y. Iwatsuki & T. Yamashita); (3) revision of the genus Gerres (family Gerreidae) (w/Y. Iwatsuki); (4) studies on the ichthyofauna of the eastern Indonesian waters (w/K. Matuura & T. Peristiwady); (5) revision of the genus Zoarchias (family Stichaeidae); (6) study of the ichthyofauna of Kumano-nada, Pacific coast of the central Japan (including the mesopelagic fishes); (7) study of larval fish fauna of Ago Bay, Pacific coast of central Japan.

KONG, DEPING. Graduate student, Dept. of Systematic Zoology, Kunming Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Kunming, Yunnan, P. R. CHINA 650223. Tel: 86-871-5196361. Fax: 86-871-5191823. E-mail: chenxy@mail.kiz.ac.cn; kongdeping@hotmail.com

Current work: (1) Phylogeny and speciation of the Sisoridae fishes; (2) taxonomy and zoogeography of genus Pareuchiloglanis Pellegrin. I am interested in Sisoridae fishes, especially fishes of genus Pareuchiloglanis Pellegrin.

KOTTELAT, MAURICE. Route de la Baroche 12, Case postale 57, CH-2952 Cornol, SWITZERLAND. Tel. +41-32-462 3175. Fax +41-32-462 2259. e-mail: mkottelat@dplanet.ch

Current work: (1) Fish diversity in Southeast Asia, more particularly Indonesia, Laos, Thailand, including faunal surveys, descriptions of new taxa and revisionary work in (but not restricted to): Cyprinidae, Belontiidae, Cobitidae, Balitoridae, Sisoridae; (2) production of a guide to European freshwater fishes (w/J. Freyhof) and work on nomenclature and several small projects on nomenclature and systematics of various southern European fishes; (3) osteology of Chaudhuriidae (w/R. Britz); (4) production of a revised and expanded version of my 1993 Indonesian fish guide; (5) other field guides and minor projects. The Laos field guide appeared in August 2001 (both English and Lao editions) and the overview of the fishes of northern Vietnam is July 2001 (see Announcements).

KULLANDER, S.O. Curator of Fishes, Department of Vertebrate Zoology, Swedish Museum of Natural History, P.O. Box 50007, SE-104 05 Stockholm, SWEDEN. Tel. (46-8) 5195 4116; Fax (46-8) 5195 4212; e-mail: sven.kullander@nrm.se; Web-page: http://www.nrm.se/ve/pisces/

Current work: (1) Systematic status of threespine sticklebacks in Sweden; (2) status and distribution of Cobitis taenia in Sweden; (3) systematic status and occurrence of Acipenser sturio in Sweden (now extinct); (4) occurrence and threat status of coastal fishes in Sweden; (5) various revisions of cichlids from South America, and evaluation of relationship hypothesis and classification of Central American heroine cichlids; (6) species level revisions of systomin and labeonin cyprinids of India-Myanmar; (7) submission of manuscript of a revision of the family Badidae with Ralf Britz, and working on its molecular phylogeny with Lukas Rüber and Ralf Britz; (8) editing of the checklist of Freshwater Fishes of South and Central America, with Carl J. Ferraris and Roberto E. Reis, in collaboration with FishBase, due early 2002; (9) completion of proceedings on aquaculture workshop in China in 2000; (10) coordination of a 2-yr project to find environment-friendly fish resources for local aquaculture in China with eight other institutions (EC project); (11) designing and programming a fish collection management application, the Artedian, available as “open source”, due November 2001; (12) preparing for a collaboration between the European Ichthyological society and FishBase to produce a list of common names of European fishes; (13) maintaining the web pg of the European Ichthyological Society (http://www.nrm.se/ve/pisces/eis).

LANDIM, MARIA ISABEL. (provisional address) Laboratório de Ictiologia, Dpt. Vertebrados, Museu Nacional, Quinta da Boa Vista, CEP: 20940-04020, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, BRASIL. Tel: 55 (21) 2568-1319. e-mail: milandim@openlink.com.br.

Current work: (1) I have finished my MS thesis on the phylogeny of Geophaginae (Cichlidae), with morphological data and I will be preparing it for publication; (2) description of a new Retroculus species (w/ C.A. Figueiredo); (3) beginning of my PhD with cichlid fishes with Dr Mário de Pinna as my advisor and Dr. Sven Kullander as co-advisor.

LASSO A., CARLOS A. Curator of Fishes and Research Scientist. Museo de Historia Natural La Salle, Fundación La Salle de Ciencias Naturales, Apdo. 1930, Caracas 1010-A, VENEZUELA. Tel. (58-212-7938321); Fax: 58-212-7937493; e-mail: lassoc@mixmail.com and lassoc@hotmail.com

Current Work: I am going on with the following studies: (1) Ichthyofauna of Caura River basin (Orinoco drainage) (w/C. Vispo, D. Taphorn, A. Machado-Allison & O. Lasso-Alcalá); (2) study of the ichthyofauna of Upper Caroni River basin (Orinoco drainage) (w/O. Lasso-Alcalá & J. Meri); (3) study of Trophic ecology of the fish community in a venezuelan Guayana black river (w/J. Meri & O. Lasso-Alcalá); (4) Ichthyofauna of Golfo de Paria and Rio Tuy basin (w/F. Provenzano & O. Lasso-Alcalá); (5) Ichthyofauna of Cataniapo River basin, Amazonas State (Orinoco drainage) (w/F. Provenzano, J. Fernandez & A. Cervó); (6) description of new species of Galeocharax (Characidae) from Venezuela (Orinoco Drainage) (w/D. Taphorn); (7) descriptions of new species of Trichomycterus (Trichomycteridae) from Upper Caroni River basin (Orinoco Drainage) (w/F. Provenzano); (8) descriptions of a new species of Cyphocharax (Curimatidae) from Upper Caroni River Basin (Orinoco Drainage) (w/R. Vari, O. Lasso-Alcalá & J. Meri); (9) description of a new species of Apareiodon (Parodontidae) from Upper Caroni River basin (Orinoco Drainage) (w/O. Lasso-Alcalá, A. Machado-Allison and other colleagues); (10) descriptions of a new species of Gobionellus (Gobiidae) from Orinoco Delta (w/O. Lasso-Alcalá); (11) study of introduction of fishes in continental waters of Venezuela: A proposal for classification and preliminary evaluation (w/O. Lasso-Alcalá & J. Meri); (12) study of the Marine Ichthyofauna of Venezuela: Taxonomical revision of The Collection of Fishes, “Museo Oceanológico Hermano Benigno Román, Estación de Investigaciones Marinas de Margarita” (MOBR-EDIMAR) (w/O. Lasso-Alcalá & J.C. Capelo); (13) New records of marine fishes from Venezuela (w/O. Lasso-Alcalá & J.C. Capelo); (14) actually I am Assistant Editor of the journal: “Memoria de La Fundación La Salle de Ciencias Naturales”.

LASSO-ALCALÁ, OSCAR M. Assistant of Curator of Fishes and Research Scientist. Museo de Historia Natural La Salle, Fundación La Salle de Ciencias Naturales, Apdo. 1930, Caracas 1010-A, VENEZUELA. Telf. (58-212-7938321), Fax: 58-212-7937493; e-mail: lasso_alcala@hotmail.com and lasso-alcala@mixmail.com

Current work: (1) Studies of taxonomy, biology and ecology of freshwater and marine fishes in Venezuela; (2) ichthyofauna of Caura River basin (Orinoco drainage) (w/C. Vispo, D. Taphorn, A. Machado-Allison & C. Lasso); (3) Ichthyofauna of Upper Caroni River basin (Orinoco drainage) (w/C. Lasso & J. Meri); (4) study of Trophic ecology of the fish community in a venezuelan Guayana black river (w/J. Meri & C. Lasso); (5) Ichthyofauna of Golfo de Paria and Tuy River basin (w/C. Lasso, F. Provenzano and other colleagues); (6) description of a new species of Cyphocharax (Curimatidae) from Upper Caroni River basin (Orinoco drainage) (w/C. Lasso, R. Vari & J. Meri); (7) description of a new species of Apareiodon (Parodontidae) from Upper Caroni River basin (Orinoco drainage) (w/C. Lasso, A. Machado-Allison & other colleagues); (8) description of a new species of Gobionellus (Gobiidae) from Orinoco Delta (w/C. Lasso); (9) study of introduction of fishes in continental waters of Venezuela: A proposal for classification and preliminary evaluation (w/C. Lasso & J. Meri); (10) study of the Marine Ichthyofauna of Venezuela: Taxonomical revision of The Collection of Fishes, “Museo Oceanológico Hermano Benigno Román, Estación de Investigaciones Marinas de Margarita” (MOBR-EDIMAR): (w/C. Lasso & J.C. Capelo); (11) new records of marine fishes from Venezuela (w/C. Lasso & J. C. Capelo).

LAST, PETER R. Principal Research Scientist, Curator, CSIRO Fish Collection, CSIRO Marine Division, Castray Esplanade, Hobart, AUSTRALIA. 7000. Tel (61 3) 62325222; FAX (61 3) 62325000; e-mail: peter.last@marine.csiro.au

Current work will focus on: completing backlogged descriptions of new Indo-Pacific elasmobranchs (with multiple authors); assisting with the drafting of volume one a FAO catalogue of rays of the world; and completion of faunal studies of Philippine (WWF funded) and Indonesian (Australian foreign aid) chondrichthyans. Other work includes: the compilation of a checklist of Macquarie Island fishes (w/R. Williams & S. Riddoch); revision of the handfishes (Brachionichthyidae) (w/D. Gledhill); revision of Pterygotrigla (family Triglidae) (w/B. Richards); review of Indian Ocean Sladenia (w/J. Caruso & R. Leslie); and contributions to a guide to New Zealand fishes (co-ordinated by C. Roberts).

LEIS, JEFFREY M. Principal Research Scientist, Ichthyology, The Australian Museum, 6-8 College Street, Sydney, NSW 2010, AUSTRALIA. Tel. 61 2 9320 6242; Fax 61 2 9320 6059; e-mail: jeffl@austmus.gov.au

Work continues on a number of descriptions of larvae of Australian fish species. A paper on larval development in the lutjanid subfamily Lutjanine is in preparation, as is a paper on developmental osteology of the Caesioninae. Still need larvae of Macolor, Lipocheilus and Apsilus if anyone can help. Ultimately, the goal is to produce a phylogeny of the Lutjanidae based on larval characters. Various larval fish ecology projects with various collaborators are underway. A paper on the species that complete their life cycle in 5 coral-reef lagoons in the Society and Tuamotu Islands is in review. Current emphasis is on behaviour of larvae of fishes at Lizard Island, Great Barrier Reef and off the NSW coast. Fieldwork on the NSW coast is planned for 2001/02. Check out our website at www.amonline.net.au/fish Please note altered e-mail: and postal addresses.

LI, SI-ZHONG. Research Professor, Fish Museum, Dept. Research Center of Evolution & Systematics of Animals, Inst. Zoology, Academia Sinica. Zhongguancun Street, Haidian, Beijing, CHINA 100080.

Current work: (1) Chinese soldierfishes, etc. (Beryciformes); (2) Chinese mullets (Mugiliformes); (3) the fishfauna of the Huanghe River (The Yellow R.); (4) the geographical distribution of Chinese freshwater fishes.

LIMA, FLAVIO C.T. Graduate student, Museu de Zoologia da Universidade de São Paulo (MZUSP). Cx. Postal 42654, 04299-970, São Paulo, SP, BRAZIL. Tel/Fax 55 11 6165 8119; E-mail: fctlima@usp.br

Current work: (1) Revision of cisandean Brycon species (Characidae), my master thesis, is well advanced; expected date of presentation by the end of 2001 or beginning of 2002. I hope to be able to travel abroad next year to examine additional material of the genus, in order to publish the revision. I also intend to begin next year my doctoral thesis, on the (2) phylogenetic relationships and taxonomy of Salminus (Characidae); (3) revision of Aspidoras (Callichthyidae) (w/M. Britto); a new species from upper rio Paraguai is in press (see Literature) and the description of a striking new species from the upper rio Araguaia is underway; (4) description of three new Hyphessobrycon species from the upper rio Araguaia (w/C. Moreira). (5) Description of a new Kolpotocheirodon (Characidae: Cheirodontinae) from the upper rio Paraguaçu (w/L. Malabarba & S.H. Weitzman); (6) description of a new Creagrutus (Characidae) from the upper rio Negro (w/R. Vari); (7) description of a new Gelanoglanis (Auchenipteridae) from the upper rio Negro (w/A. Akama & E.G. Baena); (8) description of a new, bizarre tetragonopterin from the upper rio Paraguaçu, Bahia (w/ F. Di Dário & P. Gerhard); (9) revision of Thayeria (Characidae) (w/C. Moreira); (10) revision of Megalancistrus (Loricariidae) (w/F. Vieira & F.A. Bockmann).

LITTMANN, MICHAEL W. Research/Curatorial Assistant, Department of Ichthyology, The Academy of Natural Sciences, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19103, U.S.A. Tel: 215.299.1123; Fax 215.299.1028; e-mail: littmann@acnatsci.org

Current work: (1) Ongoing revision of the genus Sorubim (Siluriformes:Pimelodidae); (2) CLOFFSCA chapter-Pimelodidae checklist with J.G. Lundberg; (3) revision of the South American catfish genus Platysilurus (Siluriformes:Pimelodidae) with J.G. Lundberg and C. J. Bestor; (4) revision of the genus Leiarius (Siluriformes:Pimelodidae); (5) status of Paulicea lutkeni (Steindachner 1877) w/J.G. Lundberg, A. Akama, & B. M. Parisi; (6) taxonomic investigation of Ictalurus furcatus w/ B.M. Burr and K.R. Piller.

LOUIE, KRISTINA D. Ph.D. Candidate, Dept. of Organismic Biology, Ecology, and Evolution, University of California, Los Angeles, California 90095-1606. Tel (310) 206 7885; Fax (310) 206-3987; e-mail: kdlouie@ucla.edu.

Current work: (1) Population genetic structure of the bay pipefish (Syngnathus leptorhynchus) and the staghorn sculpin (Leptocottus armatus). Collaborating with F. Camarena-Rosales (Universitas Autonoma de Baja California in Ensenada) to collect specimens in Mexico; (2) constructed microsatellite library for Syngnathus leptorhynchus with C. Bardeleben; (3) systematics and taxonomy of Eastern Pacific syngnathids; (4) phylogenetic relationships within genus Syngnathus; (5) collaboration with M. Dawson, M. Barlow, C. C. Swift, and D.K.. Jacobs comparing the population genetic structure of tidewater goby (Eucyclogobius newberryi) and shadow goby (Clevelandia ios).

LOURIE, SARA A. Department of Biology, McGill University, 1205 Avenue Dr Penfield, Montréal, H3A 1B1, Québec, CANADA. Tel: +1 (514) 398 5112; Fax: +1 (514) 398 5069, e-mail: slouri@po-box.mcgill.ca

Current work: (1) Taxonomic revision and biogeography of seahorses (Syngnathidae: Hippocampus), using morphological and molecular techniques; (2) description of new species of pygmy seahorses. Based at McGill University under the supervision of Dr Amanda Vincent.

LOVEJOY, NATHAN R. Faculty. Department of Zoology, University of Manitoba, Z320 Duff Roblin, Winnipeg, MB, R3T 2N2 CANADA. Tel (204) 474-7174; Fax (204) 474-7588; e-mail: nate_lovejoy@umanitoba.ca

Current work: (1) Systematics and biogeography of Beloniformes (Belonidae, Scomberesocidae, Hemiramphidae, Exocoetidae, and Adrianichthyidae) (w/B. Collette & R. Pittman); (2) systematics and biogeography of marine-derived endemics in South America (Potamotrygonidae, Belonidae, Engraulidae, Sciaenidae, etc.) (w/M. Carvalho, F. Marquez, W. Boeger, L. Cassati); (3) systematics of Telmatherinidae (w/J. McKinnon); (4) systematics of Myliobatiformes (w/A. Martin); (5) systematics and biogeography of Myoxocephalus.

LUCENA, CARLOS ALBERTO S. Curator of Fishes, Lab. Ichthyology, Museu de Ciências e Tecnologia, Pontificia Universidade Católica do Rio Grande do Sul. Av. Ipiranga 6681, predio 40, 90619-900, Porto Alegre, RS, BRASIL. E-mail: lucena@pucrs.br

Current work: (1) Systematics and taxonomic review of the internal clades of the genus Roeboides (Characidae); (2) phylogentic definition of the genus Deuterodon (w/M. Lucena) (Characidae); (3) taxonomic studies of the Astyanax scabripinnis complex from southern Brazil (Characidae) (w/P. Silveira & V. Bertaco); (4) juvenile pattern colours of the Crenicichla species of the Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil (Cichlidae).

LUCINDA, PAULO HENRIQUE FRANCO. Curator of fishes. Permanent address: Laboratório de Ictiologia, Universidade do Tocantins (UNITINS), Campus de Porto Nacional, Caixa Postal 25, 77.500-000 Porto Nacional, TO, BRASIL. Current address: Museu de Ciências e Tecnologia, PUCRS (MCP). Av. Ipiranga, 6681. Caixa Postal 1429, 90619-900 Porto Alegre, RS, BRASIL. Tel. (55) 51.320.3500 ex- 4413. Fax. (55) 51.320.3900.

Current work: (1) Phylogeny and biogeography of the subfamily Poeciliinae (Poeciliidae, Cyprinodontiformes); (2) taxonomic revision, systematics and biogeography of the tribe Cnesterodontini including the taxonomic revision of the genera Cnesterodon, Phallotorynus, Phalloptychus, Phalloceros and Tomeurus, as PhD thesis under advise of Dr. Roberto E. Reis; (3) description of three new species of the genus Hemiancistrus (Loricariidae, Siluriformes) from the rio Tocantins drainage (w/A.R. Cardoso). Submitted. (4) Description of a new species of the genus Moenkhausia (Tetragonopterinae, Characiformes) from the rio Tocantins drainage (w/L.R. Malabarba).

MacDONALD, ERIN L. M.S. Candidate, School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences, University of Washington, 98195, U.S.A. Tel (206) 616-2485; Fax (206) 685-3275; e-mail: emac@u.washington.edu

Current work: Under the direction of my major professor Dr. Ted Pietsch, I am currently working on: (1) description of the early-life history of members of the tribe Lumpenini (Perciformes: Stichaeidae), starting with the genus Lumpenus; (2) phylogenetic analysis of the family Stichaeidae, beginning with the tribe Lumpenini, using morphological and early-life history characters; (3) explore the use of parental care behaviors in a phylogenetic analysis of the tribe Lumpenini.

MALABARBA, LUIZ R. Museu de Ciências e Tecnologia. Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio Grande do Sul. Av. Ipiranga, 6681 - Caixa Postal 1429. CEP: 90619-900, Porto Alegre, RS, BRAZIL. Tel. (51) 3320-3500 r. 4413. malabarb@pucrs.br. and Departamento de Zoologia - IB - Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul. Av. Bento Gonçalves, 9500 - bloco IV - Prédio 43435. CEP: 90540-000, Porto Alegre - RS - BRAZIL. malabarb@vortex.ufrgs.br

Research at UFRGS continues mostly directed to comparative reproductive biology of fishes (w/C. Fialho), and morphological analysis of gonads and sexually dimorphic characters (w/J. Burns & S. Weitzman), involving Ph.D. (Marco Azevedo) and Ms. C. students (Cristina Oliveira). Other projects at UFRGS includes the study of the fish fauna of the upper tributaries of rio Uruguay and laguna dos Patos drainages, including Ph.D. (Daniela Gelain), Ms. C. (José Bastos) and undergraduate students. I continue working on systematic studies of Characid fishes, especially cheirodontines. Cooperative or students projects include: (1) Hollandichthys (Characidae), with V. Bertaco; (2) Astyanax (Characidae) from the rio Tramandaí and laguna dos Patos drainages, RS, Brazil, with V. Bertaco and J. F. P. da Silva; (3) Prodontocharax and Amblystilbe (Characidae), with V. Bertaco; (4) Odontostoechus and Hypobrycon with J. Pezzi; (5) Phenacogaster with M. Lucena; (6) Hyphessobrycon bifasciatus species-group with L. Barros. Other projects: (7) A new genus and 5 new species of characid fishes, with S. Weitzman; (8) The review of Odontesthes perugiae species group from the Tramandaí river drainage with B. Dyer, has been finished and submitted; we are starting the revision of the Odontesthes perugiae group from laguna dos Patos drainage (w/B. Dyer & V. Bertaco).

McCOSKER, JOHN E. Chair of Aquatic Biology, California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco, CA 94118-4599, USA. Tel. (415) 750-7249; Fax (415) 750-7148; e-mail: jmccosker@calacademy.org

Current work: (1) Monograph of ophichthid eels of Australia; (2) review of deepwater (>200m) Ophichthus including several new species from Indian, western Pacific and eastern Atlantic; (3) descriptions of Galapagos fishes: catshark with Leonard Compagno and Carole Baldwin; scorpaenids with Stuart Poss; and Anguilla with Rodrigo Bustamente and Gerard Wellington; (4) description of two new Chlopsis with Ken Tighe; (5) description of a new strange-toothed Gymnothorax from Indonesia with Jack Randall; (6) involved with creation of a marine lab at Palmyra; (7) a general review of the Galápagos ichthyofauna with Dick Rosenblatt; (8) chapters on Ophichthidae and Muraenidae for the New Zealand fish volume; (9) coordinator of Moore Foundation Salmon Summit (to be held in November 2001); and (10) I hope to be making submarine dives and collections in a variety of locations.

McDOWALL, ROBERT M. National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research, PO Box 8602, Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND. Tel (3) 348-8987; Fax (3) 348-5548; Email: r.mcdowall@niwa.cri.nz

Current work: I continue to struggle with galaxioid relationships based on a detailed examination of the osteology of the entire group – I have skeletal preps of virtually all of the c. 55-60 species, and this work is revealing numerous hitherto un-described character states; retirement mentioned last year has made little difference to when I work, but does mean I do what I like. New galaxiid species continue to turn up; here in NZ, and probably also in southern Africa and Patagonia, what we have treated as species are increasingly turning out to be species complexes. A new field guide to our freshwater fish fauna was published late last year.

MECKLENBURG, CATHERINE W. University of California, Santa Barbara, Marine Science Institute; and Point Stephens Research Associates, P.O. Box 210307, Auke Bay, Alaska 99821 USA. Tel (907) 789-7603; Fax (907) 789-7693; e-mail: ptstephens@alaska.com

Current work: The Fishes of Alaska book is in early stages of press work, and should be available from the AFS in December or early in 2002. I gave 2 presentations on taxonomy and rare records of North Pacific Scorpaeniformes at ASIH meeting at Penn State, including Thecopterus aleuticus as junior synonym of Malacocottus aleuticus (w/J.S. Nelson, K.L. Jackson & B.A. Sheiko), and first North American record of Eumicrotremus eggvinii (Labrador). Participated in U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service research cruise to Semidi Islands, western Gulf of Alaska. Work continues on taxonomy of lumpsuckers (Cyclopteridae), translations of new checklists of Russian Far East fishes by Sheiko and V.V. Fedorov, and upgrading/updating the checklist of West Coast fishes, Baja California to Arctic Alaska/Canada boundary (w/M.L. Love) (includes slope and deep sea, to 200-mile limit), with many museum visits planned for near future.

MELO, MARCELO R.S. M.Sc. in Biological Sciences (Zoology), SQN 314, bloco F apto. 609, Brasília, DF, 70767-060, BRAZIL. Tel. (21) 9206-1521; E-mail: mrsmelo@hotmail.com

Current work: (1) Description of a new species of the South-American darters genus Characidium (Crenuchidae, Characiformes) from Goiás, Central Brazil; (2) taxonomic revision and phylogenetic systematic of the group Characidium lauroi (Crenuchidae, Characiformes) of species from Southern Brazil, with description of two new species (one from Rio de Janeiro and the other from Paraná State).

MILLER, RICHARD GORDON. Foresta Institute for Ocean and Mountain Studies and University of Arizona. 3355 E. 2nd St., Tucson AZ 85716, U.S.A. E-mail: forstinst@aol.com>

Current work: As before shown in Newsletter 21 and 22 (1999, 2000).~ monitoring the possible additions to: 'History and atlas of the fishes of the Antarctic Ocean' (Miller,1993) and data on Arctic estuarian species, plus also reviewing status of Cottocomephoridae and Comephoridae and associated species in Lake Baikal, and its feeder streams. Visit to Jordan River and feeders to Dead Sea cut short by local hostilities. Still awaitng journal publication of in-press titles listed here in 2000.

MINCARONE, MICHAEL M. Curator, Museu Oceanográfico do Vale do Itajaí, Universidade do Vale do Itajaí, CP 360, 88302-202, Itajaí, SC, BRAZIL. Tel: 55 47 3611458, E.mail: mike.mincarone@terra.com.br

Current work: (1) Taxonomy and biology of hagfishes (Myxini, Myxinidae), with description of several new species from Brazil and Argentina, and redescription of Nemamyxine kreffti; (2) phylogeny of the family Myxinidae, with taxonomic review of Myxininae (thesis project, with Dr. Roberto E. Reis, Museu de Ciências da PUC, Porto Alegre, Brazil); (3) taxonomy and biology of sharks (mainly Dalatiidae and Scyliorhinidae), with new records and description of a new species from Brazil; (4) distribution and biology of the Brazilian marine ichthyofauna.

MIRZA, M.R. Dept. Zool., Government College, 69 Umer Block, Allama Iqbal Town, Lahore – 54570, PAKISTAN.

Current work: (1) Study of fish fauna of the river Indus (w/M.N. Javed); (2) fishes of the river Ravi in Pakistan (w/Z. Ahmad); (3) particpated in the 2nd International Science Conference, 26-28 Oct., 2000 at Lahore, and chaired the Session of Fisheries and Aquaculture; (4) continuing as visiting professor at the Department of Zoology Government College, Lahore.

MIYASHITA, TAKEHIRO. Postdoctoral Researcher, Laboratory of Ichthyology, Tokyo Univ. of Fisheries, 4-5-7 Konan, Minato-ku, Tokyo 108-8477, JAPAN. E-mail miyashit@cc.tokyo-u-fish.ac.jp

Current work: Comparative morphology of vertebrae in teleosts. I have observed the vertebrae of cleared specimens in about 400 species within close to 200 families that are included in all orders of teleosts. Part of this study centers on the interrelationships of higher taxon in teleosts, especially acanthomorphs, based on vertebral characters.

MOREIRA, CRISTIANO R. Seção de Peixes, Museu de Zoologia da Universidade de São Paulo, Caixa Postal 42594, São Paulo, SP 04299-970, BRAZIL. Tel/Fax +55(11) 6165-8119 (NEW NUMBER). e-mail: cmoreira@ib.usp.br

Current work: (1) My Msc thesis on the phylogenetic relationships of the subfamily Iguanodectinae (Characiformes: Characidae), as well as the possible relationships with other members of the Characiformes should be completed by the middle of the year; (2) the revision of Piabucus, the redescription of Iguanodectes rachovii, and the description of two new Iguanodectes species should be ready by the end of the year; (3) revision of the genus Thayeria (Characidae), with Flávio Lima; (4) description of three new species of Hyphessobrycon from rio Araguaia basin, with Flávio Lima; and (5) description of a new Aspidoras (Siluriformes: Callichthyidae) from rio Araguaia basin, with Marcelo R. Britto and Flávio Lima.

MOTOMURA, HIROYUKI. Research Fellow of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, Division of Fisheries Sciences, Faculty of Agriculture, Miyazaki University, 1-1 Gakuen-kibanadai-nishi, Miyazaki 889-2192, JAPAN. Tel +81-985-58-7222; e-mail: a02113u@cc.miyazaki-u.ac.jp

Current work: (1) Revision of the family Polynemidae of the world; (2) ichthyofauna of coastal waters in southern Japan; (3) taxonomic study of the Indo-Pacific fishes.

MUNROE, THOMAS A. Systematic Zoologist, National Marine Fisheries Service National Systematics Laboratory, National Museum of Natural History, Washington, DC 20560, U.S.A. Tel (202) 357-4255; FAX (202) 357-1896; Email: munroe.thomas@nmnh.si.edu

Current work: (1) Continued research on systematics of flatfishes, especially families Soleidae and Cynoglossidae; (2) continued work on a systematic revision of Soleichthys (Soleidae); (3) completion of manuscripts (some with co-authors) describing new species of Soleichthys, Symphurus and Cynoglossus from Indo-Pacific waters; (4) completion of chapters on diversity and biogeography of flatfishes and tropical fisheries for flatfishes for upcoming, multi-authored book on biology of flatfishes; (5) continued work on FAO species catalogues on pleuronectid flatfishes of the world (Pleuronectidae) co-authored with A. Cooper, Canada, and scophthalmid flatfishes with B. Chanet, France; (6) drafting manuscript describing new species of symphurine flatfishes (Cynoglossidae) from waters around New Caledonia; (7) description of a new western Atlantic tonguefish from deepwaters off Colombia (co-authored with Colombian researchers); (8) continued progress on systematic revision of eastern Pacific Symphurus; (9) preparation of Family Cynoglossidae for book on Fishes of Western Indian Ocean, edited by P. Heemstra and J. Randall; (10) continued collaborative work with Juan Diaz de Astarloa on South Atlantic paralichthyid flounders.

MURDY, EDWARD O. Senior International Analyst, Office of International Science and Engineering, National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22230. Tel 703-292-7222; Fax 703-292-9067; e-mail: emurdy@nsf.gov

Current work: In conjunction with Koichi Shibukawa, a revision of the gobiid subfamily Amblyopinae is underway. A review of the genus Pseudotrypauchen is in press and one on Trypauchenopsis will soon be submitted. We also have a new species of Odontamblyopus from Vietnam that we are describing.

MYERS, ROBERT F. P.O. Box 550666 Fort Lauderdale, FL 33355-0666, U.S.A.

Worsening economic conditions on Guam have made it impossible to earn a living, so I will be relocating in stages to south Florida (Ft. Lauderdale area) beginning in December 2001. However, I plan to continue to visit and work in Micronesia and will maintain a P.O. Box as well as phone contact on Guam (P.O. Box 21153, GMF, Guam 96921, USA; Tel. (671) 734-1092) until the move is complete. During the past year I began working on a field guide to Red Sea marine life (w/E. Lieske) which is expected to be finished in 2002. Studies of Micronesian fishes and regional zoogeography continue. An updated checklist of the fishes of the Mariana Islands (with T. J. Donaldson) and short papers on hybrid surgeonfishes and a triggefish have been completed (both with J.E. Randall). New records cited in the checklist will be detailed in a separate paper (w/T. Allen & H. Kimura). Other goals for 2002 are to continue work on an annotated checklist of the fishes of Palau (w/T.J. Donaldson & J.E. Randall) and a paper detailing new and recent records of the fishes of Palau (w/T.J. Donaldson & H. Nagano), and to finish a supplement to Micronesian Reef Fishes and reprint the comprehensive edition of that work which is now out of print. Zoogeographic studies continue with emphasis on a comprehensive table of Indo-Pacific shorefish distributions to facilitate the comparison of biodiversity across regions and aid in the production of detailed species distribution maps (see announcement). Loan requests for Marianas material should be sent to Terry Donaldson.

NALBANT, TEODOR T. Curator of fishes, Department of Lower Vertebrates, Natural History Museum "Grigore Antipa", 1, Ch. Kisseleff, Bucharest, Romania. E-mail: nalbant@mailbox.ro.

Current work: (1) Illustrated and commented check-list of the fishes of Romania, both freshwater and marine; (2) revision of Nemacheilidae of Turkey (w/Erkakan and Ekmekci) and of the same group of Greece (w/Economidis).

NELSON, JOSEPH S. Dept. of Biological Sciences, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta T6G 2E9, CANADA. Tel. 780-492-4741 (with voice mail); Fax 780-492-9234; e-mail: joe.nelson@ualberta.ca

Current work: (1) Systematics of the Psychrolutidae and description of new species (w/K. Jackson); (2) description of a new species of Trichonotidae (w/M.K. Das & J.E. Randall); (3) analysis of data on pelvicless Culaea inconstans (Gasterosteidae); (4) Chair AFS/ASIH committee for revision of AFS publication on " Common and scientific names of fishes from the United States, Canada, and Mexico", new edition expected early 2002; (5) "Fishes of the world" — I will continue to appreciate receiving either reprints and/or references to your systematic studies relevant to future revisions of this book (revisions for 4th edition started this year and expected to be completed late 2003).

NG, HEOK HEE. Fish Division, Museum of Zoology, University of Michigan, 1109 Geddes Avenue, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-1079, U.S.A. Tel (734) 647-2192; Fax (734) 763-4080; e-mail: heokheen@umich.edu

Current work: (1) A phylogenetic study of the African and Asian catfish family Schilbeidae; (2) a study of the phylogenetic relationships of Ancharius, with descriptions of new taxa (w/J.S. Sparks); (3) review of Arius from Madagascar, with descriptions of new species (w/J.S. Sparks); (4) studies on the catfishes of Aceh, northern Sumatra, with descriptions of new bagrids, clariids, silurids and sisorids (w/S. Wirjoatmodjo & R.K. Hadiaty); (5) studies on the catfishes of central Vietnam, with descriptions of new bagrids, silurids and sisorids (w/J. Freyhof); (6) review of Chinese Pterocryptis (w/B.P.L. Chan); (7) systematic studies on the genus Akysis (w/M. C.C. de Pinna); (8) a revision of Microsynodontis; (9) descriptions of new Pseudomystus and Leiocassis (w/K. K.P. Lim); (10) a revision of Sisor; (11) descriptions of new Oreoglanis (w/C. Vidthayanon); (12) revisionary studies of selected clades within Ompok and Kryptopterus and descriptions of new species; (13) descriptions of new Indochinese akysids; (14) a revision of Southeast Asian Glyptothorax (w/M. Kottelat). The systematic revision of Hemibagrus has been submitted for publication. The work described in last year’s newsletter that awaits publication is still ongoing. I continue to engage in other small projects (not mentioned above) on the taxonomy and systematics of Asian catfishes. A study of the molecular phylogeny of the Bagridae (w/J.S. Sparks) is also planned.

NOLF, DIRK. Curator of fossil fishes, Institut royal des Sciences naturelles de Belgieque, 29 rue Vautier, 1000 Bruxelles, BELGIUM.

Current work: (1) Otolith based reconstructions of fossil fish faunas. Completion of an iconographical atlas of all otolith based fossil fish species is near to the end, but had to be postponed, because the achievement of various other papers was more urgent. Submitted manuscripts are on: (1) Middle Oligocene teleost otolith associations of Southern Aquitanie (w/E. Steurbaut): (2) otolith associations in the Paleocanyon of Saubrigues, from Late Oligocene till Middle Miocene (w/R. Brzobohaty); (3) a new species of Lampadena from the Mediterranean Pleistocene (w/A. Girone); (4) the fossil record and paleobiogeography of the genus Steindachneria; (5) the stomiatoids of the Central Paratethys Miocene (w/R. Brzobohaty); (5) Santonian otoliths from the Pyrenean realm. Manuscripts in preparation include a study of the Late Eocene otoliths from the Yazoo Clay, Louisiana (w/G. Stringer). New fields of interest concerns (1) recently discovered Cretaceous (Aptian till Maastrichtian) otolith associations from Spain; (2) application of otoliths to the systematics of fossil and Recent zeiforms and tetraodontiforms (w/J. Tyler).

ODDONE, MARÍA CRISTINA. Fundação Universidade Federal do Rio Grande (FURG), Departamento de Oceanografia Biológica, Laboratório de Elasmobrânquios e Aves Marinhas, CP 474, Rua Eng. Alfredo Huch 475, 96200, Rio Grande-RS, BRAZIL. Phone +55 532 302126; Email: pgobmco@super.furg.br

Current work: Post-Graduation in Biologic Oceanography at FURG, Brazil, from March 2001 until March 2003. My thesis’s subject is the reproductive ecology of the skate Raja cyclophora (Regan 1903) from the south of Brazil, under supervision of Dr. Carolus Maria Vooren. Will be at sea in the oceanographic FURG's vessel "Atlantico Sul", collecting data for my studies during the summer of 2002. Would deeply appreciate if someone who is/has been working on this matter please get in touch with me and/or provide me reprints, not necessarily only in Raja cyclophora but on reproduction in skates in general.

ORR, JAMES W. Research Zoologist, National Marine Fisheries Service, Alaska Fisheries Science Center, RACE Division, 7600 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle, WA 98115-0070, USA. Tel (206) 526-6318; Fax (206) 526-6723; e-mail: James.Orr@noaa.gov

Current work: Along with preparing manuscripts from my dissertation on phylogenetics of the Gasterosteiformes, my current work includes 1) systematics of Sebastes ciliatus (Scorpaenidae) (w/ J. Blackburn, J. Lopez, and P. Bentzen) and S. aleutianus (w/ S. Hawkins and J. Heifetz); 2) systematics of eastern North Pacific liparids; 3) keys to eastern North Pacific flatfishes (Pleuronectiformes) (w/ M. Brown & D. Baker); 4) internet database and subgeneric relationships of Sebastes (w/ A. Kendall Jr.); 5) description of a new Solenostomus (Solenostomidae ) (w/ R. Fritzsche and J. Randall); 6) systematic position of Indostomus (Indostomidae) (w/ J. Lopez and T. Pietsch); 7) book on Fishes of the Puget Sound and adjacent waters (w/ T. Pietsch); 8) projects on Japanese gasterosteiforms (w/ T. Saruwatari); and 9) preliminary work on a review of North Pacific rajids (w/ J. McEachran). I also routinely participate in benthic trawl surveys of the Pacific coast from Alaska to California, and specimen requests are always welcome. Our Aleutian Islands shelf and Bering Sea slope and shelf surveys are scheduled for summer 2002. Space is still available for on-board volunteers to participate in sampling and collecting specimens.

ORTI, GUILLERMO. Assistant Professor, School of Biological Sciences, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Nebraska 68588-0118, U.S.A. Tel (402) 472-3433; Fax (402) 472-2083; e-mail: gorti1@unl.edu.

Current work includes molecular systematics of several groups, using mitochondrial and nuclear genes. The major effort involves systematics of major lineages of actinopterygians (in collaboration with postdoctoral associate, Wei-Jen Chen). This project addresses (1) interrelationships among basal actinopterygians, (2) basal neopterygians (gars, bowfins and the teleosts), (3) monophyly of teleosts and identification of basal teleosts, (4) protacanthopterygii and major lineages of neoteleostei. Previous phylogenetic projects close to completion include (5) stickleback relationships (Gasterosteidae, with M.A. Bell and A. Meyer); (6) interfamilial relationships of Characiformes, and (7) intergeneric relationships among serrasalmins.

OTT, GERHARD H. F. Fischbestimmungs-Service, Ökologie Süßwasseraquarienfische & Ichthyologie Fishdetermination Service, Database for Ecology of Freshwater Aquarium Fishes and Ichthyological Advice of the Association of German Aquarium Clubs founded in 1911), Holzkrugweg 16 E, D-24941 Flensburg, GERMANY, Tel. +49 (0) 461 9401445, fax: +49 (0) 461 9401446, cellular phone: +49 (0)175 4004085; e-mail: Gerhard.Ott-FL@t-online.de; Web-Site. http://www.vda-fbs.de.vu

Current Work: (1) Study of ichthyofauna (esp. Cobitoidea and Cypriniformes) of South and South-East Asia , (2) Fishdetermination Service of all freshwater aquarium fishes in friendly cooperation with leading ichthyologist (3)field studies 1992, 1998 in Sri Lanka, in 1997 in Turkey, 1999 in Indonesia, 2000 in Morocco, 2001 planned for Malaysia; (4) preparation of monograph "Suesswasseraquarienfische der Insel sri Lanka - Ichthyology, Ecology, Aquaristics). Published work: (See my homepage: http://www.go-publishing.de.vu). Book on "Loaches" (Cobitoidea), see: http://www.tetra-verlag.de

OYAKAWA, OSVALDO T. Museu de Zoologia, Universidade de São Paulo (MZUSP), Caixa Postal 42594, São Paulo, SP, 04299-970, BRASIL. E-mail: oyakawa@usp.br

Current work: (1) BIOTA/FAPESP Project on the fish diversity of the headwaters and streams of the Rio Ribeira de Iguape Basin in the State of São Paulo, Brazil; (2) phylogenetic relationships of the families Erythrinidae and Lebisinidae (Pisces: Characiformes); (3) taxonomic revision of Hoplias of the macrophthalmus group (Pisces: Characiformes: Erythrinidae); (4) Two new species of Family Lebiasinidae (Pisces, Ostariophysi, Characiformes) from Northern Brazil (w/ J. Zuanon [INPA/CPBA] and J. C. Nolasco [MZUSP]); (5) Review of the genus Astyanax (Teleostei, Characiformes) from Rio Ribeira de Iguape Drainage, Southeastern Brazil (w/ V. Garutti [UNESP-São José do Rio Preto, SP]); (6) Review of the genus Hypostomus Lacépède, 1803 from Rio Ribeira de Iguape Basin, with description of a new species (Pisces, Siluriformes, Loricariidae) w/ A. Akama [MZUSP]); (7) a phylogenetic study and revision of Harttia (Siluriformes: Loricariidae) (w/L. Rapp Py-Daniel [INPA/CPBA]).

OZOUF-COSTAZ C. Ingénieur de Recherches au CNRS, CNRS IFR 1541, Institut de Systématique, Muséum national d’histoire Naturelle, 43 rue Cuvier, 75231 PARIS Cedex 05, France. Tel (33 (0)1 40 79 37 54) , FAX (33 (0)1 40 79 37 71), e-mail: ozoufàmnhn.fr.

Current work: Classical and molecular cytogenetics on marine and freshwater fish. Mostly: Antarctic fish suborder Notothenioidei (In coll. with E. Pisano, Univ. Genova, Italy) for systematic and phylogenetic purposes; model pufferfish Tetraodon nigroviridis (in coll. with GENOSCOPE, Evry France) for physical cartography, mapping of gene families, transposon-like sequences localization etc; freshwater perciform fish (i.e. Cottus gobio and C. petiti) in coll. with H. Persat, Lyon for systematics and population identification; freshwater Siluriform (Clariid fish), in coll. with L. Orban, Singapore, for sex specific markers; Cichlidae (Tilapia) in coll. with (E. Bezault) INRA and CIRAD Montpellier for comparative genomic hybridization. Development of fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) in fish protocols using various types of molecular probes. Plan to organize training courses or summer schools.

PAEPKE, HANS-JOACHIM. Lennéstrasse 14 b, D-14469 Potsdam, GERMANY. Tel.: +49-331-963071.

As pensioner and voluntary cooperator in the fish collection of the Museum für Naturkunde der Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, I am still working there once a week on several projects.

PAIXÃO, ANDREA C. Graduate student, Seção de Peixes do Museu de Zoologia da Universidade de São Paulo. Av. Nazaré, 481, CEP 04263-000, São Paulo, SP, Brazil. Tel: 055xx11 6165-8119 Fax: 055xx11 6165-8113. Email: paixão@yahoo.com.br

Current work: Systematic revision of Lamontichthys (Ostariophysis, Loricariidae) as part of my Master's Dissertation under supervision of Dr. Monica Toledo-Piza.

PARENTI, LYNNE R. Head, Section of Vertebrate Zoology and Curator of Fishes, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. 20560-0159, U.S.A. Tel (202) 357-2740 or 3313; Fax (202) 357-2986; E-Mail

Current research: Projects continue on the systematics and biogeography of freshwater, coastal and marine fishes from the Indo-Australian Archipelago, particularly northwestern Borneo, and development of the use of gonad (w/ Harry Grier) and nerve (w/ Jiakun Song) characters in systematic ichthyology. Harry and I will summarize our results to date for atherinomorphs and putative close relatives at the Second International Symposium on Viviparous Fishes to be held in Mexico, March 2002. Work has been completed on the translated, revised and updated version of Ecology of the Marine Fishes of Cuba (Rodolfo Claro, Ken Lindeman and L.R. Parenti, eds.), to be published at the end of this year by SI Press.

PARENTI, PAOLO. Assistant Professor, Department of Environmental Sciences, University of Milano-Bicocca, P.zza della Scienza 1, 20126 Milano, ITALY; paolo.parenti@unimib.it. Tel +39-02-6448 2752; Fax +39-02-6448 2796.

Current work: (1) Annotated checklists of fishes; (2) studies of Labridae: (3) studies of Molidae: (4) taxonomic status of the fishes described in Latin language, especially Walbaum, Gmelin and Zuiew.

PAXTON, JOHN R. Research Fellow, Australian Museum, 6 College St., Sydney, N.S.W. 2000, AUSTRALIA. Tel. 61 2 9320-6139, Fax 61 2 9320-6059, e-mail: johnp@austmus.gov.au

Current work: (1) Larvae and juveniles of the whalefishes Barbourisia and Rondeletia (Barbourisiidae; Rondeletiidae) (w/G.D. Johnson & T. Trnski; in press) (2) Zoological Catalogue of Australia, Pisces, Part 2 (w/D.F. Hoese & G.R. Allen; submitted); (3) a new species of the deepsea whalefish genus Cetomimus (Cetomimidae), with a key to the described species (w/T. Trnski); (4) 5 family accounts of cetomimoid fishes for the FAO Western Central Atlantic Identification Guide (2 w/T. Trnski); (5) revision of the whalefish genera Gyrinomimus and Cetomimus (Cetomimidae); (6) threatened marine fishes of Australia (w/J. Pogonoski & D. Pollard; submitted); new species of Neoscopelus (Neoscopelidae) (w/M. McGrouther). [Families 178, 237, 238, 251, 252, 253]

PAVANELLI, CARLA S. Curator of fishes, Núcleo de Pesquisas em Limnologia, Ictiologia e Aquicultura, and professor, Curso de Pós-Graduacao em Ecologia de Ambientes Aquáticos Continentais, Universidade Estadual de Maringá, Av. Colombo, 5790, 87020-900 Maringá, Paraná, BRAZIL. Tel. +55-44-261-4632 and 261-4750; Fax +55-44-263-1424; e-mail: carlasp@nupelia.uem.br

Current work: (1) On the Apareiodon from the Tocantins-Araguaia system, with description of three new species (w/H.A. Britski); (2) check list of freshwater fishes from South and Central America (CLOFFSCA) – family Parodontidae and family Characidae, in part; (3) check list and handbook to identification of Rio Corumbá fish species (w/H.A. Britski, G.S. Avelino, A.P. Vidotti & W.J. Graça, in part); (4) morphometrical characterization and electrophoresis of upper Rio Paraná Hypostomus species (w/C.H. Zawadzki & E Renesto, in part); (5) temporal and spatial ichthyofaunistic distribution on two streams from the upper Rio Paraná basin (w/E.P. Caramaschi); (6) characterization of the species of some small reservoirs of State of Paraná, Brazil (w/ H.A. Britski); (7) description of a new Astyanax species from the Rio Mourão, upper Rio Paraná basin (W/H.A. Britski); (8) characterization of two Bryconamericus species from the Rio Iguaçu basin for a work regarding to their diet (w/N.S. Hahn & M.R. Russo); (9) morphological characterization of the ichthyofauna from the Rio Corumbá basin (w/H.A. Britski); (10) characterization of the cultivated fish species from the State of Paraná, Brazil (w/S. Verissimo); (11) systematic of the cultivated fish species from the Southern Brazil (w/R.P. Ribeiro); (12) morphological characterization of eggs, larvae and adults of some cultivated fish species from Brazil (w/K. Nakatani et al., in part); (13) on the distribution of Astyanax altiparanae (w/W.J. Graça); (14) phylogenetic relationships among endemic species of Astyanax from Rio Iguaçu, inferred by mitochondrial DNA and RAPD markers (w/S.M.A. Prioli, J.A. Prioli, H.F. Júlio Jr. and L.M. Prioli, in part); (15) occurrence of Astyanax altiparanae in the Rio Iguaçu basin, as evidenced by RAPD markers (w/S.M.A. Prioli, J.A. Prioli, H.F.Júlio Jr., L.M. Prioli & A.V. Oliveira, in part).

PEQUEÑO, GERMAN. Titular Prof. & Dir. Instituto de Zoología “Ernst F. Kilian”, Universidad Austral de Chile, Casilla 567, Valdivia, CHILE. Fax 56-63-221315; e-mail: gpequeno@uach.cl

Current work: (1) Studies on fishes of the oceanic islands of the South Eastern Pacific; (2) fishes of the Valdivian District; (3) fishes of the southern fiords of Chile.

PEREIRA, EDSON H.L. Graduate student, Laboratório de Ictiologia, Museu de Ciências e Tecnologia – PUCRS, P. O. Box 1429, 90619-900 Porto Alegre, BRASIL. Tel. (51) 320-3500 ext. 4413; Fax (51) 320-3900; e-mail: edsonhlp@pucrs.br

Current work: (1) Taxonomic revision and phylogenetic interrelationships of species and genera in the subfamily Neoplecostominae (sensu Armbruster: Neoplecostomus, Pareiorhina, Pareiorhaphis, Kronichthys, Isbrueckerichthys, and Hemipsilichthys) for my Doctoral dissertation; (2) finishing a taxonomic revision of genus Hemipsilichthys (Siluriformes, Loricariidae) (w/R.Reis); (3) taxonomic revision of genus Kronichthys; and (4) revision of Delturus and Hemipsilichthys with the proposition of a new loricariid subfamily (Siluriformes) (w/R.Reis and J. Armbruster).

QUERO, JEAN CLAUDE. Muséum d'histoire naturelle de La Rochelle, 28 rue Albert 1er, 17000 La Rochelle. FRANCE. Tel 33 (0)5 46.41.18.25; Fax 33 (0)5 46.50.63.65; e-mail: mhnlrconservation@wanadoo.fr

Current work : (1) A guide of the fishes of the European Atlantic (36°N-66°34'N, Atlantic Europeancoast -25° W) Keys, diagnostics, drawings of 950 species, colour plates (March 2002) ; (2) study of the rare fishes from European Atlantic.

RAMOS, ROBSON T. C. Departamento de Sistemática e Ecologia, CCEN, Universidade Federal da Paraíba Caixa Postal 5061, João Pessoa, PB, BRASIL 58051-970. Tel. +55 83 216 7767; Fax: +55 83 216 7464 E-mail: robtamar@dse.ufpb.br

I continue my work on systematics of Achiridae (Pleuronectiformes); the review and phylogeny of Apionichthys and related genera was completed; I’m working on description of one species of Trinectes and other new one of Achirus; still working on the phylogeny of achirid genera; a family account and checklist of Achiridae for CLOFFSCA (Checklist of the Freshwater fishes of South and Central America) was completed; also a checklist of marine and freshwater Brazilian Achiridae for the “Catálogo de Peixes Marinhos e de Água Doce do Brasil`” (PRONEX); description of one new species of Emblemaria was completed (w/ L. Rocha); working together Ricardo Rosa on a headwater survey of some northeastern Brazilian rivers for the project “Diversidade da ictiofauna do Nordeste brasileiro”.

RANDALL, JOHN E. Senior Ichthyologist Emeritus, Bishop Museum, 1525 Bernice St., Honolulu, HI 96817-2704, U.S.A. Tel (808) 235-1652; Fax 808 847-8252; E-mail: jackr@hi.net.

Current work: Indo-Pacific Fishes no. 32, a revision of the surgeonfish genus Ctenochaetus by Randall and Clements and IPF No. 33, a revision of the snake eel genus Brachysomophis by McCosker and Randall have been printed. No. 34 on the scorpionfish genus Scorpaenopsis by Randall and Eschmeyer has been sent to the printer. No. 35 on the cardinalfish genus Archamia (Gon and Randall) has been reviewed and will be ready for publication shortly. Order forms for these new numbers will be sent to all subscribers. Anyone wanting to order these publications or wishing to subscribe to the series should contact Loreen O'Hara at Bishop Museum (e-mail: lorio@bishopmuseum.org) or me at the above e-mail: address. A manuscript with Daphne G. Fautin on fishes other than anemonefishes that associate with sea anemones was submitted to Coral Reefs, and one on a hybrid triggerfish with Robert F. Myers and Richard Winterbottom has been submitted to Aqua. The writing of a large book on the reef fishes of the South Pacific is still in progress, with the expectation to be finished by next March. A paper on three new genera of cirrhitid fishes was just published in Zootaxa, an online journal in New Zealand; it is available as an electronic copy, so send a request by mail or e-mail: to me. My book Surgeonfishes of the World (80 species, 128 pages, nearly 200 color figs.) is in press. A discount price is planned for ASIH members.

REIS, ROBERTO E. Curator of Fishes, Museu de Ciências e Tecnologia (MCP) PUCRS. Av. Ipiranga 6681, P.O.Box 1429, 90619-900 Porto Alegre, BRAZIL. Tel (+55 51) 3320-3500 ext. 4413; Fax (+55 51) 3320-3903; email: reis@pucrs.br

Current work: (1) Revision of Delturus and Hemipsilichthys and proposition of a new loricariid subfamily (Loricariidae, Siluriformes) (w/Jon Armbruster & Edson Pereira); (2) revision of the hypoptopomine genus Eurycheilichthys, with the descriptions of six new species (Loricariidae, Siluriformes); (3) various papers on descriptions and phylogenetic relationships of diverse new loricariid taxa (Loricariidae, Siluriformes) (w/ diverse co-authors); (4) description of various new species of Gymnogeophagus (Cichlidae, Perciformes) and reassessment of their phylogenetic relationships (w/ Luiz Malabarba); (5) revision of the genus Callichthys (Callichthyidae, Siluriformes) (w/ Pablo Lehmann); (6) edition of CLOFFSCA - Check List of Freshwater Fishes of South and Central Americas (w/ Sven Kullander & Carl Ferraris); and (7) edition of the RedBook of endangered animals of Rio Grande do Sul State.

RIEHL, RÜDIGER. Institut für Zoomorphologie, Zellbiologie & Parasitologie, Universität Düsseldorf, Universitätsstr. 1, D-40225 Düsseldorf, GERMANY. Tel 0049-211-81-13582; Fax 0049-211-81-14499; e-mail: riehl@uni-duesseldorf.de

Current work: (1) Scanning electron microscope studies on surfaces and micropyles of native, Antarctic and tropic fish eggs with special reference to their systematic significance; (2) comparative studies on the ultrastructure of egg envelopes in different teleost families, especially cyprinids, cichlids and characoids; (3) finished comparative studies on the eggs and reproductive behaviour of Aulopyge huegeli and four German and Austrian Gobio species (w/R. Bless); (4) finished a symposium-volume on “Behaviour of Aquariumfishes, vol. 2” (w/H. Greven), which will appear in spring 2002; (5) studies on the stickiness of egg envelopes in economically important fish species (cyprinids, esocids, percids).

ROJAS, RODRIGO. Ichthyologist of Wildlife Management Program, National University (Heredia). P.O.Box 20-4200 Naranjo, Alajuela, COSTA RICA. e-mail: rrojasm@icelec.ice.go.cr

Current work: (1) A study of ichthyofauna of Sarapiqui watershed (Caribbean coast); (2) feeding ecology of Mustelus dorsalis (Triakidae) in Nicoya Gulf, Costa Rica; (3) reproduction of Mustelus dorsalis (Triakidae) in Nicoya Gulf, Costa Rica; (4) feed habits of spotted snapper Lutjanus guttatus (Lutjanidae) of Los Cobanos, El Salvador; (5) spawning season of spotted snapper Lutjanus guttatus (Lutjanidae) of Los Cobanos, El Salvador, (6) biogeography of fishes of the family Serranidae from chilean waters : a history of vicariance and dispersion (w/G. Pequeño); (7) works in press: Revisión taxonómica de las subfamilias Epinephelinae y Serraninae de Chile. (Rev. Biol. Trop.49 (1): 155-169) (w/G. Pequeño); (8) size and distribution of Pandarus satyrus (Copepoda: Pandaridae) parasite of blue shark Prionace glauca (Carcharhinidae) in Costa Rica. Rev. Biol. Trop. 49 (1): 197-199 (w/O. Rodríguez & A. Morales). We need contact with colleagues or students who are interested in carrying out studies on ecology of sharks and rays in Costa Rica and also in Central America and we would like to contact teachers who want to further develop the marine education (using fishes) in Costa Rica.

ROSA, RICARDO S. Professor, Dept. Sistemática e Ecologia, Universidade Federal da Paraíba, 58059-900 João Pessoa PB, BRAZIL. Tel (55) 83-216-7765; FAX (55) 83-216-7464; e-mail: rsrosa@dse.ufpb.br

Current work: (1) Study of the ichthyofauna of Barra de Mamanguape protected area in NE Brazil, including freshwater, marine and estuarine ecosystems; (2) revisionary study of Neotropical freshwater stingrays (Potamotrygonidae), including description of new forms, in collaboration with M.L. Goes de Araujo, P. Charvet Almeida, M. Carvalho, N. Lovejoy and H. Ishihara; (3) study of morphologic variation in Bathygobius species from NE Brazil, in collaboration with E. Freitas; (4) preparation of catalogues of freshwater, marine and estuarine fishes from NE Brazil; (5) preparation of a list of endangered fish species in Brazil.

SABAJ, MARK H. Collection Manager, Dept. of Ichthyology, The Academy of Natural Sciences, 19th & the Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19103, U.S.A.. Tel (215) 299-1026; FAX (215) 299-1028; e-mail: sabaj@discovery.acnatsci.org

Current work: (1) Recently completed manuscript checklist of Doradidae (w/C.J. Ferraris) for CLOFFSCA; (2) continuing revision of fimbriate-barbel doradids (Nemadoras, Trachydoras, Doras, Hassar, Opsodoras, Hemidoras, Anduzedoras, Leptodoras) for doctoral thesis under advisorship of Dr. Larry Page (preliminary key available upon request); (3) continuing taxonomic studies of Amazonsprattus (Engraulidae) (w/J.W. Armbruster); (4) compiling checklist and image database of fishes of Peruvian Amazon; (5) beginning taxonomic revision of doradid genera Playtdoras and Amblydoras.

SAKAMOTO, KAZUO. Research Associate, Dept. of Zoology, University Museum, Univ. of Tokyo, 7-3-1 Hongo, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 113-0033, JAPAN. Tel 81-3-5841-2840; Fax 81-3-5841-8451.

Current research: Systematics of both Recent (w/M. Aizawa & H. Senou) and fossil (w/T. Uyeno & N. Micklich) flatfishes; investigating the origin of Japanese common names for fishes. Main work is as the director of the Tsukiji Fish Information Center and Museum (Tel 81-3-3547-8824; Fax 81-3-3545-4415).

SALCEDO, NORMA J. Master Student, Dept. de Ictiologia, Museo de Historia Natural, Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos, Aptdo. 14-0434, Lima 14, PERU. Tel (511) 4704471; Fax (511) 265 6819; e-mail: normasalcedo@hotmail.com

Thesis project: Phylogenetic analysis of the genus Chaetostoma Tschudii, 1845, emphasis on Peruvian species. Advisor: Ms. Victor Pacheco. Expected completion date: May 2002. Papers in preparation: (1) Description of a new species of Chaetostoma (Loricariidae), from central Peru; (2) description of a new species of Cetopsorhamdia (Pimelodidae), from southwestern Peru.

SANTINI, FRANCESCO. Graduate student, Department of Zoology, University of Toronto and Centre for Biodiversity and Conservation Biology, Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, Ontario, M5S 2C6, CANADA. Tel (416)586-8073; Fax (416)586-7921; e-mail: fsantini@rom.on.ca.

I am planning to complete my Ph.D. at the University of Toronto under the supervision of Dr. Richard Winterbottom by early 2002. Recently completed work, for which papers are in preparation or have already been submitted, includes: revision of the fossil material of Tetraodontiformes from the Eocene of Monte Bolca (Italy), with description of three new species (and two new families) and comments on related tertiary taxa; phylogenetic analysis of the relationships between selected modern and fossil tetraodontiform taxa; phylogeny of the extant species of Triacanthidae; phylogeny of the Recent Molidae, all these projects with Dr. James Tyler, NMNH; analysis of the historical biogeography of Indo-Western Pacific coral reef fauna, with Dr. Winterbottom. Current and future work: (1) phylogeny and historical biogeography of Triacanthodidae (Teleostei, Tetraodontiformes), with description of a new species; (2) with Dr. Tyler phylogeny of extant and fossil taxa of Zeiformes and Caproiformes, and inter-relationships of the Zeomorpha with other major clades of Acanthomorpha; (3) investigation of the relationships between regulatory genes (Hox) and skeletal morphology in tetraodontiform families.

SCHELLY, ROBERT C. Graduate Student. American Museum of Natural History, Department of Ichthyology. Central Park West at 79th Street, New York, NY 10024 USA. Phone: (212) 769-5768, Fax: (212) 769-5642.

Current work: (1) Phylogenetics of the Lamprologini, a tribe of cichlids from Lake Tanganyika, East Africa, based on morphology and molecules; (2) testing various hypotheses for interrelationships of atherinomorphs using molecular characters.

SCHINDLER, INGO. Warthestr. 53a, 12051 Berlin. GERMANY. e-mail: ingoschindlwe@web.de

Current work: (1) Systematics of Cichlasoma (Cichlidae); (2) comparative osteology of Heros (Cichlidae); (3) taxonomy of Pterophyllum scalare (Cichlidae) (w/H.-J. Paepke).

SCHMITTER-SOTO, JUAN JACOBO. Curator of Fishes, El Colegio de la Frontera Sur (ECOSUR), Apdo. Postal 424, MX-77000 Chetumal, Quintana Roo, MEXICO. Tel. (983)8321666 ext. 254; Fax (983)8321666 ext. 240; e-mail: jschmit@ecosur-qroo.mx

Current work: (1) Just finished report on fishes of Chetumal Bay, with data on ichthyoplankton and parasite helminths; working on its publication (w/Pimentel-Cadena, Herrera, Vásquez-Yeomans & Monks). (2) still analyzing data (1995-1999, just before a large coastal tourism development took off) on distribution and abundance of reef fishes in southern Quintana Roo (w/Aguilar-Perera); (3) still working on new Cichlidae and Poeciliidae from Quintana Roo and El Petén, Guatemala (w/S. Contreras-Balderas); (4) M.Sc. student Ninel García-Téllez finishing work on conservation status of Epinephelus itajara (Serranidae) in the Mexican Caribbean; (5) M.Sc. student Silvia Avilés-Torres finishing work on community structure of fishes of small coastal lagoons in southern Quintana Roo; (6) M.Sc. student Roberto Barrientos working on a revision of "Cichlasoma" urophthalmus and its nominal subspecies; (7) M.Sc. student Adán Caballero working on fishes of Chakmochuch Bay, near the limit between the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea, in northeastern Yucatan Peninsula.

SCHULTZE, HANS-PETER. Director, Museum fuer Naturkunde, and Chairman, Institut fuer Palaeontologie, Museum fuer Naturkunde, Humboldt Universitaet, Invalidenstr. 43, D-10115 Berlin, GERMANY. Tel (xx49) 30-2093-8864; Fax (xx49) 30-2093-8868; e-mail: hans-peter.schultze@rz.hu-berlin.de

Current work: (1) Acanthodii from the Lower Devonian of Arctic Canada (w/S. Cumbaa); (2) Palaeonisciforms from the Carboniferous of Utah (w/M. Dorka); (3) Middle Devonian fish fauna from Ellesmere Island (w/M. Otto); (4) Cyclicity in Late Carboniferous lungfish bones (w/R. Soler-Gijon).

SÉRET, BERNARD. Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle, Laboratoire d'Ichtyologie générale et appliquée, Antenne IRD, 43 rue Cuvier, 75231 Paris cedex 05, FRANCE. Tel. (33) 1.40.79.37.38; Fax (33) 1.40.79.37.71; e-mail: seret@mnhn.fr

Current work : (1) Taxonomy of the Indo-Pacific chondrichthyans with various colleagues (P. Last, K. Nakaya, M. Carvalho, D. Didier, etc.); (2) analysis of the stomach contents of pelagic predators (tunas and sharks) with the IRD tuna fishery team; (3) edition of the proceedings of the 4th European Elasmobranch Association meeting held in Livorno (Italy) in September 2000, with M. Vacchi, G. la Messa & F. Serena; (4) co-editor of Cybium, journal of the French Ichthyological Society; (5) chair of "ElasmoFrance", the shark group of the French Ichthyological Society and editor of the newsletter "ElasmoScope" ; (6) management of the collection and studies on the deep sea bony fishes from New Caledonia. Projects: Deep trawling cruise off Taiwan (thanks to the courtesy of Prof. T.S. Shao) ; deep trawling and long-lining of Loyalty Islands (New Caledonia) for deep water chondrichthyes ; FAO catalogue of the batoids of the world with L.J.C. Compagno, P. Last & J. McEchran (+ other collaborators) ; international trawling cruise in the SW Pacific (w/C.R. Roberts & P. Last).

SHAO, KWANG-TSAO. Research Fellow and Director. Institute of Zoology, Academia Sinica, Nankang, Taipei, Taiwan, REPUBLIC OF CHINA. Tel 886-2-27899500(O), 27899545, 27899556, 27887330(Lab.) Fax: 886-2-27899503(O), 27883463(Lab.); E-mail:zoskt@gate.sinica.edu.tw

Current work: (1) Fauna, distribution and database of fishes in Taiwan and South China Sea; with emphasize on the estuary (mangrove) and deep-sea fishes in the future 2-3 years; (2) identification of fish eggs by using molecular EM or light microscopy, especially on lizardfish and parrotfishes (w/J.P. Chen., R.S, Wu & H.C. Shih); (3) larval fish using light trap (w/L.S. Chen); (4) phylogeographic study of reef fishes in East Asian region (w/J.P.Chen); (5) organizing 7th IPFC in Taipei in May 2005. All are welcomed.

SMITH, DAVID G., Museum Specialist, Division of Fishes, MRC-159 National Museum of Natural History, Washington, DC 20560-0159. Tel. (202) 633-9786; Fax (202) 357-2986; e-mail: smith.davidg@nmnh.si.edu

Current work: (1) Type catalog of Indo-Pacific Muraenidae, with the late E.B. Böhlke; (2) Review of the species of Ariosoma (Congridae) in the western Indian Ocean, with U. Zajonz; (3) species accounts for book on fishes of the western Indian Ocean (Heemstra & Randall, eds.); (4) descriptions of various new species; (5) continuing studies on larval fishes at Carrie Bow Cay, Belize, with C. C. Baldwin.

SPRINGER, VICTOR G. Curator, Div. Fishes, MRC-159, Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Inst., Washington, D.C., 20560-0159, U.S.A. e-mail: springer.victor@nmnh.si.edu; Tel (202) 357-3305; Fax 202-357-2986.

Current work: (1) Study of the dorsal gill-arch musculature of fishes (w/G.D. Johnson & K. Darrow); (2) systematics of the blenniid fish genus Ecsenius; (3) marine organismal distribution patterns in the Indo-Pacific.

STEHMANN, MATTHIAS F.W. Institut für Seefischerei, Bundes- forschungsanstalt für Fischerei, Palmaille 9, D-22767 Hamburg, GERMANY. e-mail: 106241.1657@compuserve.com; Tel +49-40-38905217; Fax +49-40-38905263.

Current work: The EU research project DELASS (Development of Elasmobranch Assessment) with 16 partners of 10 European countries is well on the way. After the intermediate project meeting in Concarneau at end of April, all relevant data at ISH of the past 25 years research cruises in the North Sea were entered in a database and will be available for the project's other task groups by November. During 2003, assessment approaches will be made, the results being presented with the final report by end of 2003. Went for six weeks professional trips in May/June to South America again for further work in Brazil on the Myliobatis Project at University Rio Grande with C. M. Vooren, who will visit me in Nov./Dec. in Hamburg for elaborating the draft manuscript. Second part of this trip took me to Mar del Plata again for preparing the draft field guide to the merluza bycatch fish fauna with Martin Ehrlich at the INIDEP national fishery institute of Argentina. Another field guide to the mainland Portugal skate fauna has been prepared with partners of the IPIMAR institute in Lisbon for publication soon. Yet another field with ICRAM Rome to the Italian skate fauna has been prepared for publication in 2002. The description of a new species of Torpedo from the Gulf of Aden by Carvalho, Stehmann & Manilo is in press at Am. Mus. Nov. The odontology series with Herman & Hovestadts has been continued with the issue on holocephalans in 2001 and will be finished in 2002 with the final contribution on Torpediniformes. Will be in charge of the ISH Greenland survey this year for six weeks in October/November for monitoring cod and redfish stocks and obtaining data on the fish faunal composition as part of a long-term data series. My early retirement comes closer, with my leaving ISH to be expected by end of April 2002. Will restart working then in elasmobranch taxonomy research as a freelancer on private basis. Part of that will be a proposal to be submitted in 2002 with two Argentinean partners for a three years project 2003-2006 to be carried out in Argentina, where in case I will mainly work during that period. Will distribute information in time about my future address etc.

STEIN, DAVID L. Senior Mar. Biologist, NOAA/OAR R/OSS3, 1315 East West Highway Rm 11805, Silver Spring, MD 20912, U.S.A. Tel (301) 713-2465 ext 118; Fax (301) 713-0158; e-mail: david.stein@noaa.gov

Current work: (1) Descriptions of 13 new species of Psednos (Liparidae) (w/N. Chernova); (2) description of a new species of Liparis from the northeastern Pacific littoral (w/C.E. Bond); (3) description of liparids from the Galapagos Islands (w/N. Chernova). I will be working at the Zoological Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences in St. Petersburg from 11 December to 3 January 01.

STEPIEN, CAROL A. Director, Great Lakes Environmental Genetics Laboratory and Research Professor, Cleveland State University, Center for Environmental Science, Technology and Policy, 1899 East 22nd Street, MC 219, Cleveland, Ohio 44114-4434, U.S.A. Tel (216) 523-7311; Fax (216) 687-5393; e-mail: c.stepien@csuohio.edu research on web site at http://www.csuohio.edu/cestp/glegl/glegl.html

Current work: (1) Phylogeography, population genetics, and systematics of Percidae; especially walleye Stizostedion, perch Perca, and ruffe Gymnocephalus based on nuclear and mitochondrial DNA sequences and microsatellite analysis; (2) evolutionary and systematic relationships of the "extinct" blue pike Stizostedion glaucum: a comparison with walleye S. vitreum based on nuclear and mitochondrial DNA sequences, microsatellite markers, and morphology (collaborative work with Dr. Miles Coburn and Dr.Ted Cavender); (3) evolution, systematics, phylogeography, and population genetics of the Blennioidei and their allies based on nuclear and mitochondrial DNA sequences (collaborative work with Dr. Peter Wirtz); (4) genetic characterization, population divergence, and relationships of nonindigenous fish introductions in the Great Lakes, including the round goby Neogobius melanostomus, the tubenose goby Proterorhinus marmoratus, and the ruffe Gymnocephalus cernuus based on nuclear and mitochondrial DNA sequences and microsatellite markers.

STRINGER, GARY LAYNE Department of Geosciences, The University of Louisiana at Monroe, Monroe, Louisiana 71209-0550, U.S.A. Tel. (318) 342-1893; Fax (318) 342-1755; e-mail: gestringer@ulm.edu

Current work: Fish otoliths from paleontological and archeological sites continue to be the central theme of research and study. Graduate student Tiffany Green is nearing completion of her study of otolith-based fishes and paleoecology of the Upper Eocene Moodys Branch Formation in Louisiana and Mississippi. Casey Strickland, another graduate student, has initiated a study of otoliths from Archaic archeological sites in north Louisiana and their utilization in paleoenvironmental interpretations. Graduate student Lorin King is making progress on his study of marine coprolites (shark and fish) from the Upper Eocene Yazoo Clay in Louisiana (he now has 400 specimens). The manuscript with Henri Cappetta (Laboratoire de Paleontologie, Montpellier, France) on a new genus of mobulid ray from the Eocene of Louisiana has been completed and submitted to Tertiary Research. Preliminary results of otolith studies from the Plum Creek archeological site (6000 years old) in northeastern Louisiana and from the Conly archeological site (7500 years old) in northwestern Louisiana were presented at the 27th Annual Meeting of the Louisiana Archaeological Society, Northwestern State University, Natchitoches, Louisiana.

TANG, KEVIN L. Graduate Student, Division of Ichthyology, The University of Kansas, Natural History Museum and Biodiversity Research Center, Dyche Hall, 1345 Jayhawk Blvd., Lawrence, Kansas 66045-7561, U.S.A. Tel: (785) 864-3369 Fax: (785) 864-5335 Email: kltang@ukans.edu

Current work: (1) A phylogenetic analysis of the subfamily Amphiprioninae (family Pomacentridae) based on morphological characters; (2) a phylogenetic analysis of the relationships among the subfamilies of the family Pomacentridae based on morphological and molecular characters; (3) a descriptive osteology of the damselfish species, Amphiprion ocellaris.

TEITLER, NEAL M. Research Student, Laboratory of Ichthyology, Tokyo Univ. of Fisheries, 4-5-7 Konan, Minato-ku, Tokyo 108-8477, JAPAN. Tel 81-3-5463-0529; e-mail: teitler@tokyo-u-fish.ac.jp

My research continues under Dr. K. Fujita centering on a comparative osteological study (and some morphology) of the larval development in Japanese domesticated goldfish varieties (comet, ryukin, ranchu, tosakin, jikin, nankin, demekin, etc.), Carassius a. auratus var. as well as congeners ('funa') from Japan, especially 'ookinbuna' Carassius b. buergeri (probably the root of the Japanese 'funa') and sympatric 'nagabuna' Carassius sp. Other long-term projects include: (1) Goldfish genetics, especially of pigment patterns, finnage, eye types, and body shapes; (2) Use of antioxidants to stabilize life colors in preserved fish specimens; (3) Determination of variations (paper, ink, etc.) in folios of Temminck and Schlegel's 'Pisces' volume in the von Siebold 'Fauna Japonica' series to determine which pages and plates compose a single folio, and to date them.

TEUGELS, GUY G. Curator of Fishes, Laboratoire d'Ichthyologie, Musée Royal de l'Afrique Centrale, B-3080 Tervuren, BELGIUM. Tel + 32-2-7695640; Fax +32-2-7695642; e-mail: teugels@africamuseum.be

Current work: (1) Study of the ichthyofauna of Cameroon, Gabon and Congo-Brazzaville (w/M.L.J. Stiassny & C.D. Hopkins); (2) revision of Brienomyrus (Mormyridae) (w/C.D. Hopkins); (3) revision of Southeast Asian Clariidae; (4) karyology of Clariidae catfishes (w/M.Parrent); (5) phylogeny of Clariidae (w/J.F. Agnèse & D. Adriaens); (6) conservation studies on ichthyofauna in Côte d’Ivoire (w/T.Kone, P. Kouamelan, V.N’Douba); (7) ichthyofauna of the Niger Delta in Nigeria (w/R.P. King); (8) Ichthyofauna of Benin (w/Ph.Laleye). Student work (Ph.D.): R. Gustiano – systematics of Pangasiidae; S. Devaere – revision and comparative anatomy of anguilliform Clariidae;; J.D. Mbega – taxonomy and ecology of Lower Ogowe (Gabon) fishes; T.Gaethofs – Revision of Barbus (Cyprinidae) from the Congo Basin.

TOLEDO-PIZA, MÔNICA. Departamento de Zoologia, Instituto de Biociências, Universidade de São Paulo, Caixa Postal 11461, São Paulo SP 05422-970, BRAZIL. Tel (011) 3818-7482; Fax (011) 3818-7802. Email:mtpiza@usp.br

Current work: (1) The revisionary study of the Neotropical characid genus Chalceus (w/A. Zanata) is progressing and we hope to have it completed during early 2002; (2) I have started a phylogenetic study of the Neotropical characiform family Acestrorhynchidae; (3) another ongoing project includes the systematics of the Heterocharacini (Characiformes: Characidae). The book on Alfred Russel Wallace´s "Fishes of the Rio Negro" is currently in press and is scheduled to come out between late 2001 and early 2002.

TYLER, JAMES C. National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution (MRC-106), Washington, D.C. 20560-0106 U.S.A. Tel 202 786-2662; Fax 202 633-8135; e-mail: tyler.jim@nmnh.si.edu

Current work: Behavioral ecology of Caribbean blennies of the genera Emblemariopsis and Acanthemblemaria (w/R. Clarke); a new species of Emblemariopsis from Carrie Bow Cay, Belize (w/D.M. Tyler); ichthyofaunal survey of the Pelican Cays, Belize (w/C.L. Smith et al.); phylogenetic analysis of tetraodontiform families, including relevant fossil taxa (w/F. Santini); phylogenetic analysis of basal fossil zeiforms (w/F. Santini); redescriptions and systematics of fossil zeiforms and caproids (w/S. Baciu & A. Bannikov); congruence of fossil and Recent zeiform and tetraodontiform otolith morphology with phylogeny based on osteology of Recent species (w/D. Nolf); redescription and relationships of the incertae sedis acanthuroid Gazolaichthys from the Eocene of Monte Bolca, Italy; review of earliest fossil monacanthids, from the Pliocene of Italy (w/C. Sorbini); review of Pliocene fossil tetraodontids from Italy (w/C. Sorbini); review of the Eocene gasterosteiform family Aulorhamphidae; revision of the Caribbean species of the clingfish genus Tomicodon, including several new species (w/J. Williams).

UFERMANN, ALFRED. Ebereschenweg 41, D-46147 Oberhausen, GERMANY. Tel. +49/208/672551.

Current work: A list of published articles about all genera and species of cichlid fishes in aquaristic books and magazines in the year 2000.

UIBLEIN, FRANZ. Institute of Zoology, University of Salzburg, Hellbrunnerstr. 34, A-5020 Salzburg, AUSTRIA. Tel.+43-662-8044-5616, Fax +43-662-8044-5698; e-mail: franz.uiblein@sbg.ac.at

Current work: (1) Deep demersal and midwater fishes of the Canary Islands (w/ F. Bordes, R. Castillo, P. Lorance, T. Moreno, R. Wienerroither & J.G. Nielsen). The mesopelagic fish collection of several cruises has now been made available for study at ZMUC (see also General Announcements); (2) species composition and behavioural analysis of demersal deep-sea fishes in the Bay of Biscay (NE Atlantic) based on submersible videos (w/ P. Lorance & D. Latrouite). A joint ROV cruise with IFREMER is scheduled for 2002; (3) phylogeny of Neobythites with special emphasis on the evolution of eyespots and colour patterns in this ophidiid genus (w/ J.G. Nielsen & W. Schwarzhans). A research stay in Copenhagen is planned for summer 2002; (4) morphological comparison among Ceratoscopelus warmingii populations (Myctophidae) from several different areas (e.g., Eastern Central Atlantic, Gulf of Mexico, SW Pacific, NE Indian Ocean) (w/ T. Sutton, R. Wienerroither & J.G. Nielsen). This topic shall also be part of a PhD thesis of my student Rupert Wienerroither; (5) continuation of the research program on status and conservation of European grayling, Thymallus thymallus (Salmonidae) and other endangered riverine fishes in Austrian waters (w/ T.Friedl, W. Honsig-Erlenburg, A. Jagsch, B. Schmall and S. Weiss); (6) coordination work for fish ecological and systematic studies in the Census of Marine Life Project “MAR-ECO” featuring the ecosystems along the Mid-Atlantic Ridge (w/ O.A. Bergstad et al.)

UYENO, TERUYA. Curator Emeritus, National Science Museum, 3-23-1 Hyakunin-cho, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 169-0073, JAPAN. Tel 81-3-3364-2311; e-mail: uyeno@kahaku.go.jp (or) FZH02133@nifty.ne.jp; Fax 81-3-3364-7104.

Current work: (1) Describing Oligocene Hemipristis from Japan; (2) compiling a work on the jaws of Japanese fishes; (3) describing an Upper Cretaceous Ischyodus sp. from Fukushima Pref., Japan; (4) developing an atlas of scales of Japanese fishes.

VARI, RICHARD P. Research Scientist and Curator, Division of Fishes, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. 20560-0159. U.S.A. Tele (202-357-4027); Fax (202)357-2986; e-mail: vari.richard@nmnh.si.edu

Current work: Research associated with the revisionary and phylogenetic study of the Characiform family Prochilodontidae (w/R.M.C. Castro) is completed and the manuscript is being completed. The parallel phylogenetic and revisionary studies of the South American siluriform family Cetopsidae (w/C.J. Ferraris & M.C.C. de Pinna) continued during the year and we hope to complete both manuscripts during the up coming year. A paper dealing with two Argentinian Trichomycterus species (w/L. Fernandez) is in review. Family accounts for the family Curimatidae, Ctenoluciidae, Prochilodontidae (w/R.M.C. Castro), Chilodontidae (w/S.J. Raredon), Cetopsidae (w/C.J. Ferraris), and the characiform genera Creagrutus and Piabina were completed for the Checklist of the Freshwater Fishes of South and Central America. Other projects include an analysis of the Astyanax species (Characiformes) of the upper Rio Paran basin (w/R.M.C. Castro), the redescription of the characiform genus Henochilus and an analysis of its relationships (w/R.M.C. Castro & F. Veira), a phylogenetic analysis of relationships within the characiform family Anostomidae, studies of West African distichodontid characiforms, a revisionary study of the South American catfish genus Hypophthalmus (w/C.J. Ferraris), and studies of the Moenkhausia crienejas (Characiformes) and possible close relatives (w/R. Benine).

VITALE, SERGIO. Collaborator, National Council of Research, Institute of Marine Resources and Environment (IRMA-CNR) Via L. Vaccara n. 61, 91026 – Mazara del Vallo (TP). Tel 0923-948723 – 948966; Fax 0923 – 906634; e-mail: servit00@hotmail.com

Current work: Collaborator in IRMA-CNR with following European projects: Stocks assessment of some coastal species caught by artisanal fishery” (SACS), project no. 96/054; fish aggregating device (FAD) fisheries in the Eastern Mediterranean: An alternative technique to enhance pelagic fish catches and diversify effort?”; MAGO I (Mediterranean Anchovy Growth and Oceanography); the Sicilian Channel anchovy and the underlying oceanographic and biological processes conditioning their Inter-annual fluctuations.

VOGT, KENNETH, D. Adjunct Instructor, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Alaska, Anchorage, AK 99508, U.S.A. Tel. 907-786-4770; e-mail afkdv@uaa.alaska.edu.

My interests are in systematics of fishes of the family Liparidae particularly the genus Liparis. I am also interested in the Myxiniformes and the Petromyzontiformes. I am also interested in applying quantatitive techniques to systematics. I had accepted a paper with Dr. N. Chernova on the meristics of the genus Liparis, a paper on teaching adaptive landscaping and a simulation of complex systems, and a paper on rehydration of dehydrated museum specimens. I am trying to finish a paper on an escape response in Anoplarchus insignis. Trying to find a permenant job takes up most of my time.

VOSKOBOINIKOVA, O.S. Senior scientist, Lab. Ichthyology, Zoological Institute of Russian Academy of Sciences, 199034 S.Petersburg, RUSSIA. Tel. (812) 328-06-12; Fax (812) 328-29-41; E-mail: antarct@zin.ru.

Current work: (1) Comparative osteology, osteological development, relationships and systematics of the notothenioid fishes and their relative groups; (2) early life history of the notothenioid fishes.

WIENERROITHER, RUPERT. Ph.D. student, Institute of Zoology, University of Salzburg, Hellbrunner-strasse 34, A-5020 Salzburg, Austria. Fax 0043/662/8044-5698; email: rupert.wienerroither@sbg.ac.at

Current work: (1) Midwater fishes of the Canary Islands (w/ F. Bordes, R. Castillo, P. Lorance, T. Moreno, J. Nielsen & F. Uiblein); (2) biogeography of lanternfishes (Myctophidae) mostly based on DANA-material; (3) morphological comparisions among populations of widely distributed lanternfishes (Myctophidae) (w/ J. Nielsen, T. Sutton & F. Uiblein).

WILLIAMS, JEFFREY T. Collection Manager, Div. of Fishes (MRC-159), National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC 20560-0159, U.S.A. Tel (202)357-3059; Fax (413)618-1138; e-mail: williams.jeff@nmnh.si.edu, http://www.nmnh.si.edu/vert/jtw.html

Current work: Review of Helcogramma ellioti species complex (Tripterygiidae); revision of the Helcogramma fuscopinna species complex (Tripterygiidae) (w/J. Howe) must be submitted to another journal as the Revue Francais was discontinued before the paper was published; description of a new species of Pseudochromis (Pseudochromidae) from the Philippines (w/T. Gill); revisionary studies on the Indo-Pacific blenniid genera Alticus and Andamia (Blenniidae); descriptions of new species of Starksia (Labrisomidae) from the Caribbean with Julie Mounts; families Blenniidae, Labrisomidae, Chaenopsidae, Tripterygiidae and Dactyloscopidae for the FAO Species Identification sheets for the Western Central Atlantic are in press; family Tripterygiidae (w/R. Fricke) for the FAO Species Identification sheets for the Western Central Pacific is in press; checklist of the fishes of Tonga (w/D.G. Smith & J.E. Randall); description of a new species of Mahidolia (Gobiidae) with I-S. Chen; analysis of Steeneichthys (Plesiopidae) with R. D. Mooi; descriptions of five new species of Tomicodon (Gobiesocidae) from the Caribbean Sea, with J. M. Tyler; checklist of the fishes of Navassa Island, Caribbean Sea, with B. B. Collette, C. Thacker, and M. Smith. I have a manuscript with V. G. Springer in press in Rev. Biol. Trop. on the Eastern Pacific genus Helcogrammoides (Tripterygiidae). An expedition to survey the fish biodiversity of Wallis Island, South Pacific, in November, 2000, with C. Chauvet, R. Galzin, L. Wantiez, P. Vanai, and others, was highly successful and yielded excellent collections of shorefishes.

WIRTZ, PETER. Departamento de Oceanografia e Pescas, Cais de S. Cruz, P - 9901 Horta, Azores, PORTUGAL. e-mail: peter@dop.uac.pt

Current work: (1) All aspects of the biology of blennioid fishes, in particular ongoing study on molecular taxonomy and phylogeography of blennioids and Pholidichthyidae together with C. Stepien; (2) zoogeography of the area Azores-Madeira-Canary Islands-Cape Verde Islands-Sao Tome. Preparing ms on new records of coastal fishes from Sao Tome and planning another expedition there for August 2002.

WOODLAND, DAVID J. Division of Zoology, School of Biological Sciences, University of New England, Armidale, N.S.W. 2351, AUSTRALIA. Tel (61 2) 6772-9889 or 6773-3081; Fax (61 2) 6773-3814; e-mail: dwoodlan@metz.une.edu.au

Current work: (1) Revision of the Gerreidae; (2) revision of the Leiognathidae; (3) molecular systematics of the Siganidae (w/M. Adams, South Australia Museum); (4) reviews of the Siganidae, Gerreidae and Leiognathidae for "Fishes of the Western Indian Ocean"; (5) descriptions of new species of Siganidae. As an Honorary Fellow of UNE, I am available to supervise postgraduate students and have been provided with a study and a laboratory in order to continue my research projects. Also involved in consultancies, evaluating quarantine risks associated with the importation of ornamental finfish.

WOSIACKI, WOLMAR B. Ph.D. Student, Dept. Zoologia, Inst. De Biociências (IB), Museu de Zoologia da Universidade de São Paulo (MZUSP)- Seção de Peixes, CP 42694, CEP04299-970, São Paulo, SP, BRAZIL.Tel. (011) 274-3455 R3219. Associate Research, Museu Paraense Emílio Goeldi, Lab. Ictiolog, Bairro São Braz, Av. Magalhães Barata, 376, CP 399, CEP 66040-170, Belém, PA, Brazil. E. mail wolmar@ib.usp.br

Current work: (1) PhD Thesis, Phylogeny of Trichomycterinae (Teleostei, Siluriformes, Trichomycteridae) (advisor; M. de Pinna); (2) five new species of Trichomycterus (Trichomycteridae – Siluriformes) from the Rio Iguaçu (Rio Paraná Basin) Southern Brazil (w/J.C.Garavello); (3) description of two new species of the genus Trichomycterus (Trichomycteridae - Siluriformes) from the Rio Paraná Basin and from the head drainage of the Rio São Francisco Basin; (4) a new species of Listrura from the State of Paraná, Southern Brazil (Siluriformes, Trichomycteridae, Glanapteryginae) (W/M. de Pinna); (5) relationships of Ituglanis and Scleronema within the family Trichomycteridae (Teleostei, Siluriformes); (6) Cloffsca, Trichomycteridae Chapter (w/ M. de Pinna).

WU, HAN LING. Professor of Ichthyology, Laboratory of Fishes, Shanghai Fisheries University, 334 Jun Gong Road, Shanghai 200090, PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF CHINA. Tel. 86-21-65710211; Fax 86-21-65684287; e-mail: hlwu@shfu.edu.cn

Current work: (1) Long-term studies with co-workers on a systematic revision of the ichthyofauna of Gobiodei from China (w/I.-S. Chen, J.-S. Zhong & D.-H. Chong); (2); study on the genus Odontobutis of China (w/I.-S. Chen); (3) continue field work on study “Systematic and biogeography of East Asia bitterling fishes” (w/T.Ueda, R. Aria et al.), an expedition in August, 2001 to the Hunan Province, China with T. Ueda and R. Arai was successful and yielded excellent collections of bitterlings.

YANG, JUN-XING. Director and professor, Dept. of Systematic Zoology, Kunming Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Kunming, Yunnan, P. R. CHINA. Post code: 650223; Tel: 86-871-5190527l; Fax: 86-871-5191823; E-mail: jxyang@public.km.yn.cn

Current work: (1) To evaluate the impact of introduced fishes on the indigenous fishes in Erhai Lake, Yunnan, China (w/Dr. Shun-Ping He); (2) To evaluate the impact of hydro-dam constructions on the fishes of Lancangjiang (upper Mekong) (w/Dr. Shun-Ping He); (3) phylogeny and speciation of the indigenous fishes of Erhai Lake, Dali, Yunnan (w/Dr. Xiao-Yong Chen); (4) study on the phylogeny and zoogeography of subfamily Labeoninae (w/Rui-Feng Su); (5) phylogeny and zoogeography of subfamily Cultrinae (w/Ying-Gui Dai).

YABUMOTO, YOSHITAKA Curator, Kitakyushu Museum and Institute of Natural History, 3-6-1 Nishi-honmachi, Yahata-higashi-ku, Kitakyushu 805-0061, JAPAN. Tel 81-93-661-7808; e-mail: yabumoto@city.kitakyushu.jp or y.yabu@d3.dion.ne.jp; URL http://www.d3.dion.ne.jp/~y.yabu/yehome.html; Fax 81-93-661-7503.

Current work: Research on Early Cretaceous freshwater fishes in East Asia [Korea, China, and Japan (especially Ishikawa, Gifu Prefectures, and Kitakyushu City, Fukuoka Pref.)]; investigation of Triassic fishes from Yamaguchi Pref., Japan and British Columbia, Canada; research on Cenozoic fishes (including extant species) from around the Japan Sea.

YEARSLEY, GORDON (GUS) K. Fisheries Taxonomist, CSIRO Marine Research, GPO Box 1538, Hobart, TAS 7000, AUSTRALIA. Tel 61 3 6232 5144; Fax 61 3 6232 5000, e-mail: gordon.yearsley@csiro.au

Current work: (1) Completion (with others) of 'Australian Seafood Handbook - an Identification Guide to Imported Species', due for publication in early 2002; (2) various taxonomic projects on groups including Squatina, Pristiophorus, Urolophus, Trachinotus, Rajidae; (3) reprint and minor upgrade of 'Australian Seafood Handbook - an Identification Guide to Domestic Species'.

ZANATA, ANGELA. Postdoctoral Fellow, Division of Fishes, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. 20560-0159, U.S.A. Tel (202) 357-3372; e-mail: zanata.angela@nmnh.si.edu

Current research: (1) Phylogenetic study of the African members of the family Characidae (under R. Vari direction); (2) taxonomic revision of Chalceus (Characiformes: Characidae) (w/M. Toledo-Piza); (3) phylogenetic study of Brycon (Characiformes: Characidae).

ZHOU, WEI. Professor, Faculty of Conservation Biology, Southwest Forestry College, Kunming, Yunnan 650224, P. R. CHINA. Tel. 86-871-3863669 (H), 86-871-3862458 (O); e-mail: zhouw@public.km.yn.cn

Current work: (1) study on Ichthyofauna of Yunnan; (2) study on taxonomy of glyptosternon group in Sisoridae (Siluriformes) and relationship between this group and bio-geography of north-western Yunnan; (3) continue to study on taxonomy and molecular evolution of genus Pseudecheneis in Sisoridae (Siluriformes).

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