(including a good reading!).

From Jean H. Huber
Private address: 7 Bd Flandrin, 75116 Paris, France
Laboratoire d'Ichtyologie, M.N.H.N., 43 rue Cuvier, 75231 PARIS Cedex 05.
S.F.I.: Societe Francaise d'Ichtyologie (same address). 

Paris, October 20. 1998.

Dear Colleague, dear Aquarist.

A short note to inform you that it has been decided to close my MNHN official e-mail address
Actually, due to other priorities, I was less and less capable to visit the offices and answer in proper time to your messages within the proprietary platform, thus not being in line with the "netiquette".

I am still positive and enthusiastic for Internet! Just a question of time (I'll get a new home address, asap).

To say goodbye, I am pleased to enclose herewith the file of my last major paper that has just been published:

"Comparison of Old and New World Tropical Cyprinodonts".

Beware it is 110 text pages long (over 400 Kbytes, without illustrations).

You can read it with Word 2 or request the paper version (with illustrations) by purchasing it. As usual, potential profits will be transfered to the Société française d'Ichtyologie, a non profit organization and publisher.

Official publication headlines:


Subtitle : A parallel Outlook of similar and distinctive Characteristics regarding Distribution, Evolution, Ecology, Behaviour, Morphomeristics, Genetics and Colour Pattern.

Contents : 110 pp., 17 figs.

Publisher : Société française d'Ichtyologie, same address as the author.

Date of Publication : October, 10. 1998.

Public Price: 60 French Francs (today: 10 €!). Please CONTACT us for enquiry and order).

Author : Jean H. Huber, Laboratoire d'Ichtyologie, Museum national d'Histoire naturelle, 43 rue Cuvier, 75231 PARIS cedex 05, France, fax: (33) 1 40 79 37 71

I wish to say thank you again to those who have encouraged me over the years, for this very important and ambitious venture and others.

No need to emphasize too much that I am proud and satisfied of that achievement, even if I may not sleep well with some models and hypothesis.

I have started a series of lectures on that topic and it has been pretty well received. Encouraging.

As for the future and until further notice, the best is that you write to my personal address (7 Bd Flandrin, 75116 Paris, France).

Best greetings and good success in your own ventures.


The next Killi-Data is on track, with many, many changes.

Note : here is the abstract of the new book:

A comprehensive and detailed comparison of Old World and New World tropical Cyprinodonts (oviparous Cyprinodontiformes, Pisces) is proposed, based on the most recent knowledge in paleogeography and palynology. It covers biogeographical aspects, from the analysis of a data base of over 3500 localities-species in tropical countries (Huber, 1996) of Africa, America and Indo-Asia (fig. 1, with local country names). It synthetizes, with a novel transversal perspective, the already published information by the author, since 1978, and by others, on systematics, genetics, external morphology, live coloration, behavior and ecology of tropical Cyprinodonts, to emphasize the many similarities and the few differences. The many similarities are hypothesized to be the result, from a process of convergence after the continental drift, of the limited capacity of these reclusive fishes, quasi exclusive in their highly uncertain biotopes, to produce a diversity of responses in the face of similar environmental changes.


Several novel biogeographical and evolutionary models are hypothetically proposed for the first time for Cyprinodonts, to replace those which failed, like the present types of soil, the present river basin outlines (… ), all featuring today characteristics.


All these models refer to past periods and notably the dramatic climatic changes of the Quaternary. They explain and correlate well with our present knowledge on Cyprinodont in the New and Old Worlds :

  •  the refugia of previous glaciation periods, in relation with major extinctions;
  •  the impacts of the dramatic water mass fluctuations, exemplified by the old epicontinental seas, and the islands off the coast or the huge freshwater lakes, of more recent past;
  •  the migration patterns in low gradient regions, within and in-between the coastal plain and the inland plateau, materialized by strates and patches of distribution, respectively;
  •  the tectonic and volcanic activity, exemplified by the Rift Valley lakes or by river reversals;
  •  the northern drift of the African continent and its impact on terrestrial flora.


Schematically, a two-scaled evolutionary history of these fishes is hypothetically proposed. One, old, for the creation and diversification of the major morphotypes along millions of years. Another, recent, along thousands of years only and linked to climatic disorders, for the explosion of the genotypes and a vicariant speciation from slightly different morphotypes which had not suffered a previous extinction.

notes : highlights of the COMPARISON book may be read at ONLINE publications; the book may be purchased with FORM