HEADLINES - ARCHIVES
- On October 12. 2017, the third issue, second year, (28 pages) of Killi-Data News has been published and sent to all active members as a PDF. [please note that a detailed analysis of Freyhof's clarifying post-molecular work on Aphanius anatoliae group leads (1) to accept, in Killi-Data, iconii, fontinalis and meridionalis as revalidated species with (some) molecular differences (not obvious for fontinalis) and with importantly new clear diagnoses of live males (vs. all other components of that group), (2) to accept anatoliae, splendens, sureyanus, and transgrediens as distinct species (not subspecies anymore), but (3) NOT to accept maeandricus and saldae as distinct species because of lack of new diagnoses for them and because of some ambiguity on conservation issues vs. systematics on saldae/splendens (however further studies are needed and this position may be changed in the future -further way or back-, like always in systematics). Aquarium populations have been reallocated to newly defined accepted as valid species [Jean Huber].
- On June 19. 2017, Nibia Berois, Graciela Garcia, and Rafael Omar de Sa have a new paper ready to be published by Developmental Dynamics, rather unusual because it is not new research output, but because it synthesizes all known modern data on annual killifish worldwide based on 2 International Symposia (2010 and 2015) that took place in Montevideo and an international book last year (article title : A global Community Effort to decipher the unique Biology of annual killifish). It is freely available online at http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/dvdy.24533/epdf and it is written in an easy language then everybody should read it right away and… hats-off to this great interdisciplinary initiative stemmed from USA, Czech Republic, Italy, Brazil, Chile and Uruguay.
- On June 1. 2017, the second issue, second year, (18 pages) of Killi-Data News has been published and sent to all active members as a PDF. The big news in this issue is the paper from the Reznick lab. The contents of that paper goes to the heart of the question of just what a killifish is. The phylogenies from Reznick et al. may fundamentally transform our understanding of the origin and evolutive timing of Cyprinodontiformes (including killifish). There are 3 articles on the embryonic development of South American Annual fish : Austrofundulus, Austrolebias and Millerichthys. Martin & Podrabsky review the concept of developmental arrest and define the terms diapause, delayed hatching etc. as well as review the knowledge of diapause learned from Austrofundulus [excerpted from editorial by Tyrone Genade].
- On March 1. 2017, the first issue, second year, (20 pages) of Killi-Data News has been published and sent to all active members as a PDF. If you are interested in getting your own copy, you need now to become a member.
- On February 28. 2017, Dr Huber restructures the whole data base moving it to a unique-in-fishes dynamic knowledge base, with 2 new items for members, one on major milestones of scientific knowledge for each taxon, the other on cumulated biological knowledge (wild life history traits) for each valid species, with dozens of new comparative pages such as lists of localities by country for all countries, comparative lists by typology, systematics, genetics, landscape, ecology, ethology, aquariology, morphomeristics (on top of comparative lists on conservation, pyramidal systematics, on species by countries, on species by describer, plus the automatized search of 1633 killiflash by species, previously available as static pages, now fully dynamic) and he adds, for everybody herein, a new systematic column of information at the LIST OF CORRECT NAMES.
- On December 23. 2016, the fourth issue (25 pages) of Killi-Data News has been published and sent to all active members as a PDF. If you are interested in a free copy, please send a mail request to the executive editor (see KDN, Item Killi-Data News ISSN 2495-330X… beware the attached file will be 4.2 MegaBytes !)
- On December 21. 2016, the answer by Jean Huber to a question on molecular results and species definitions in trees, as : isn't it already the end of the game, is published (see FAQ 47).
- On October 21. 2016, the third issue (27 pages) of Killi-Data News has been published and sent to all active members as a PDF. If you are interested in a free copy, please send a mail request to the executive editor (see KDN, Item Killi-Data News ISSN 2495-330X… beware the attached file will be 4.4 MegaBytes !)
- On September 22. 2016, surprising finding, according to Hundt et al. (2016), contrary to morphological data, there is substantial molecular evidence for 4 species in the Fundulus catenatus superspecies with F. bifax and F. stellifer in the Mobile Basin, F. catenatus in the Tennessee River and its tributaries, and an undescribed (and un-named) species, F. sp. cf. catenatus, present across the rest of the range (the short branches at the base of the cytb tree may indicate that the four taxa rapidly diverged).
- On July 31. 2016, the second issue (22 pages) of Killi-Data News has been published and sent to all active members as a PDF. This Summer issue contains all output of research and evidence-based information available on killifish, published since first (Spring) issue in April. And also on a different tone, how to built a new romance with killifish in the background, or how to be fashionable at beaches with a swimwear dedicated to killifish! And links to many videos. If you are interested in a free copy, please send a mail request to the editor (e-address at the end of this page, signed with your name, city and country… beware the attached file will be 3.1 MegaBytes !)
- On May 15. 2016, a new INFOWEB19 is written by Jean H. Huber and published online (on a new important project about aquarium life history traits… a major project prepared during many months with dedicated K-D-I members).
- On April 4. 2016, the Killi-Data International (K-D-I) board is very pleased to announce you a new media of information about killifish research state of the art produced by the association, namely "Killiflash Newsletter" ; and cherry on the cake… the first issue, number 1, is free for everybody, designed for your pleasure of reading and for your evaluation, as a novelty in the killifish landscape ; you can obtain it easily by sending an e-mail to the address given at the end of this page (beware the file weighs 6.6 Mbytes… your own mail address must be able to accept such big PDFs as attached files) ; all details are given in the official FACEBOOK page, now with 1299 likes.
- On April 1. 2016, the answer by Jean Huber to a question on Moema kenwoodi is published (see FAQ 46).
- On February 26. 2016, Dr Huber adds a new major project to Killi-Data for a stronger cooperation between dedicated aquarists/collectors and genetic researchers… all details at MOLECULAR PLATFORM, with a first proposal of to-be-studied specimens (everybody can participate, why not you ?).
- On February 18. 2016, following the AGM decision by K-D-I members, Killi-Data prioritize 3 targets for collections (and possible grants) among 14 in total… all details at GRANTS AND PRIORITY TARGETS.
- On December 11. 2015, Killi-Data reports on an obituary for Dr Thomerson just published in Copeia [Copeia 103 (4): 1096-1101, Jamie Edward Thomerson (1935-2015), http://www.asihcopeiaonline.org/toc/cope/2015/ ].
- On December 10. 2015, Killi-Data reports on 2 international large "connected" teams who sequentially publish, in the same famous magazine Cell, important findings about the genome of Nothobranchius furzeri, the fish with shortest lifespan, including a sex-differentiating chromosome and a link between diapause, lifespan and genome (localized in male chromosome)… yes 2 major breakthroughs since the sex differentiation is seen within the genome, not like previously in karyotype morphology (e.g., in Megupsilon aporus) (very technical reading, beware !).
- On November 19. 2015, KILLI-DATA SERIES 2015 has been published (36 pages in colors), with 1 new species Nothobranchius torgashevi, with a redescribed genus with a new family-group name (Yssolebiini) and a proposal for synonymization (Aphanius marassantensis) ; beware, it is being sent for free as PDF to all active members (click on appropriate link above at K-D-S FREE), the print being sold at 14 Euro each).
- On November 14. 2015, description of new Mexican Profundulus mixtlanensis, and revalidation of oaxacae is in press (might not be ICZN available, please do not publish until further evidence… actually and validly published on Decemeber 8. 2015).
- On November 3. 2015, a new major scientific book (and a must buy) is announced on annuals (see all details in members' section… hurry up to order).
- On October 31. 2015, exactly the 1000th valid species of killifish has been described as Rivulus mabura (actually it is part of a batch of 3 new species in the same magazine but historically this is indeed mabura, named in Laimosemion that hits the symbolic number ! (parallely the official FACEBOOK page is still climbing with 1046 likes after having crushed the target of 1000 likes early this month, with the full text of this alert and… many statistical numbers where Wilson Costa is by far on the lead while the total number of taxa, including generic names and synonyms, reaches 1500).
- On October 8. 2015, the official FACEBOOK page has crushed the target of 1000 likes (thank you to all who feel involved and interested with the issues developped therein and coincidentally the event is coming at about the same time of another important event to be announced soon).
- On October 6. 2015, the answer by Jean Huber to a question on generic names variations in killifish associations listings is published (see FAQ 45).
- On July 10. 2015, Dr Huber strongly supports a new initiative for the conservation of Aphanius fasciatus, only known today by 2 endangered populations, by Maltese authorities (Malta is an island in the middle of Mediterranean sea, part of E.U) ; populations from Malta are genetically distinct from mainland Europe (including Sicily) and Maghreb ; in the old times, Charles Zammit, an enthusiastic killifish hobbyist (and still a very active breeder !), has made large efforts to save several populations ; now the project is motioned by Nature Trust (NTM) and the Malta Aquaculture Research Centre (MARC) with 5 major actions (mainly a captive breeding and species maintenance then a translocation back into the Marsaxlokk salt marsh) ; to support yourself the project, add LIKES to their account.
- On July 1. 2015, Dr Huber and K-D-I strongly support a Mexican conservation initiative for Profundulus oaxacae, only known today by 3 small remnant populations (systematically valid based on molecular data, a rediagnosis for scientific recognition is under-way), by a team led by Víctor Ortiz in valley of Etla, Oaxaca state (all details at ENGLISH and at SPANISH)… please consider to support the project either with words or materially, if you have outdoor ponds and rather subtropical climate (click on CONTACT) and with money (click on DONATE) in the above web sites [besides there is possibly a new species], or in addition, with LIKES.
- On May 19. 2015, a new INFOWEB18 is written by Jean H. Huber and published online after an exclusivity period to members (on Aphanius and the new discoveries in Iran, spurred from Germany with a dynamic Iranian team).
- On May 4. 2015, a short analysis of a major description of a new fossil (the first ever complete fossil in Aplocheiloids), described as a new species, new genus and new family (Kenyaichthys, K. kipkechi, Kenyaichthyidae) is written (with some humour) by Dr Huber for the FACEBOOK page.
- On April 27. 2015, the official FACEBOOK page (now with 814 likes) publishes a new alert, after an exciting publication on cousins of killifish by Japanese researchers who have identified a hormone (vasotocin) that gives male pseudo-killifish the edge needed to vanquish rivals in love.
- On March 16. 2015, Pocket Killi-Data 2015 is published and available and sold (cheaply) to aquarists groups and associations (more INFO).
- On March 5. 2015, the answer by Jean Huber to a question on the official FACEBOOK page (now with 665 likes) about any killifish species reported being annual/seasonal and living in North America is published (see FAQ 43).
- On January 15. 2015, the official FACEBOOK page (now with 587 likes) publishes the 2 alerts, first on Jim Thomerson's death (with a short bio and the list of all killifish names he co-described) and deepest condolences to his family by Dr Huber and K-D-I members, second on the major changes in Nothos IDs by Brian Watters.
- On January 15. 2015, the answer by Brian Watters to a question on the changes in species identification of past and present aquarium populations/aquarium strains derived from a new publication describing 3 new Nothobranchius species, sagittae, serengetiensis, usanguensis, related to neumanni (then with a new restricted definition) and seegersi is published (see FAQ 42).
- On January 13. 2015, the K-D-I board proposes to offer a new grant of 250 € (about 300 US$) for one of the next 3 options (first come, first served) in order to pay for car petrol for a short trip in a safe neotropical country given to a senior aquarist collector at least accompanied by a young aquarist for his first trip.
1- Brasil, collect at the type locality of Rivulus ornatus [lago Saraca at Silves, Amazonas state, 2.880 S, 58.350 W] and disclose the live colors of the fish in order to uphold an old confusion arisen from 2 independent publications by Costa and Huber on ornatus/obscurus (who is right is totally unknown)
2- Paraguay, collect at the 2 type localities (distant by a few dozen km) of Neofundulus ornatipinnis [Makthlawaiya, Chaco, 23.420 S, 58.320 W] and paraguayensis [near Arroyo Trementina, 24.830 S, 57.060 W] and disclose for the first time their live colors and if they are either distinct species or the 2 sexes of the same species
3- Uruguay, collect in northeastern region, not far from the border with Brasil where Cynopoecilus melanotaenia has been found (the identification of the Uruguayan populations is unknown : it may be cryptic new species like fulgens, intimus, multipapillatus, nigrovittatus, or, bingo!, it may be a new morphospecies like notabilis, described a few weeks ago).
a- to be economic the senior collector should be from Brasil (project 1 or 3), or from Uruguay or Argentina (project 2 or 3)
b- the accompanying aquarist for his first collecting trip may be a local, too, or from abroad (but his or her expenses will not be covered)
c- specimens must be preserved (at least 70% ethyl alcohol) to be donated to local researchers from Brasil/Uruguay/Argentina/Paraguay (depending on selected project)
d- beware that involved localities bear seasonal constraints, in Brasil it is a flooded area and in Paraguay and Uruguay they are annual biotopes
e- a scientific or aquaristic-serious publication must be derived from the trip (successful or not), mentioning the grant by Killi-Data
f- K-D-I members may donate additional funds to collectors in order, if successful, to have priority on eggs of collected fish.
- On November 30. 2014, a new INFOWEB17 is written by Jean H. Huber and published online after an exclusivity period to members (on the first complete molecular analysis of Nothobranchius that reshuffles its phylogeny).
- On November 19. 2014, a new electronic book in high resolution format is announced by the US researcher and conservationist, Evan Carson, in collaboration with Mexican researchers Mauricio De la Maza and Ma Lozano (the low resolution is freely downloadable at LowRes while the high resolution is available [update of January 13. 2015] at HiRes) ; it studies the conservation status of the microendemic pupfish Cyprinodon julimes and exemplifies the importance of collaborative approaches to biodiversity conservation (by creating bi-national and cross-disciplinary partnership of researchers with engagement with a local community of farmers to create a model of biodiversity conservation through sustainable development of water resources) and it is a must reading ; let us save this unique pupfish by supporting their action !
- On November 15. 2014, the answer to a new question by a visitor on genera Austrofundulus-Rachovia and Aphyolebias-Moema, after a new work by Wilson Costa is published (see FAQ 41).
- On October 22. 2014, a new molecular study by Ponce de Leon, Gunnary, Rodriguez, Metcalfe, Hernandez, Casane, and Garcia-Machado on Cuban Rivulus reveals that cylindraceus (3 populations, but no topotypes) and insulaepinorum (4 populations, 1 on mainland Cuba) are genetically not separable, but disclose a new un-named reticulated species from northwestern region (not far from planted region for cigars) of the main island (Camarones River and Cajalbana) … when is your next collecting holiday-trip to N.W. Cuba ?
- On October 14. 2014, an important announcement and offer as a Ph.D. student position (4 years, paid) in ethology with killifish as a model of research at the Department of Zoology, Stockholm University, Sweden (reference number SU FV-2909-14) ; deadline for applications: November 20, 2014 ; more at Ph.D..
- On September 30. 2014, KILLI-DATA SERIES 2014 has been published, with 2 new Nothobranchius species, 2 newly described species with much extended distribution and several nomenclatural name changes. If interested, please visit the dedicated page and order the print or the PDF document (13 € including postage).
- On September 2. 2014, 2 Czech "researcherins" presented mid August an interesting contribution on Notho. furzeri showing that infected specimens by a specific worm were prone to move up to top waters with crazy movements where they were easy prey by birds.
- On August 31. 2014, a US research team is alarming on the conservation situation of Cyprinodon diabolis with climate change (temperature increase) for higher threat in spot Devil's Hole and only 92 individuals remaining there.
- On July 19. 2014, Costa (in an e-publication signed by him and Amorim) describes 2 new cryptic species in Xenurolebias [K-D maintained in Simpsonichthys] related to myersi, as cricarensis from the São Mateus river basin and pataxo, and revalidates izecksohni (Cruz) from the Barra Seca river basin (previously synonymized by him into myersi)… it is shown online for early view and it is ICZN-officially published (see also FAQ 40 on coamazonicus, on a contrary case).
- On July 3. 2014, the official FACEBOOK page crushes the 400 likes… bravos next target, 500 ! To celebrate the event, Jean Huber has cooked a new poll for nuts (quite difficult) on major research findings during the last 18 months at NEW taxa. Please vote and if you do not know how to decide, just become a member (all details in the data base).
- On May 27. 2014, Costa (in an e-publication signed by him and Amorim) describes 2 new cryptic species in Xenurolebias [K-D maintained in Simpsonichthys] related to myersi, as cricarensis from the São Mateus river basin and pataxo, and revalidates izecksohni (Cruz) from the Barra Seca river basin (previously synonymized by him into myersi)… it is shown online for early view and it is not yet ICZN-officially published (see also FAQ 40 on coamazonicus).
- On May 9. 2014, Killiflash number has been greatly extended (now, 1139 !, previously 735) and a new page has been published on modern Killifish RESEARCHERS (more than 200 researchers, see also the links at the base line of this page).
- On March 11. 2014, the US researcher Evan W. Carson reports that he (and colleagues) have filled a new natural refuge habitat they created for Cyprinodon fontinalis near its native habitat in Chihuahua, Mexico with fish and others (also transferred are the endemic largemouth shiner Cyprinella bocagrande and Chihuahua dwarf crayfish Cambarellus chihuahuae)… bravos ! [more at FB, if a member of Facebook, and personal WEB, for a photo album].
- On February 27. 2014, Pocket Killi-Data 2014 is available and sold to aquarists groups and associations (more INFO) and the "guest" section has been extended to incorporate 1455 (then) new pages (snapshots).
- On February 3. 2014, a new INFOWEB16 is written by Jean H. Huber and published online after an exclusivity period to members (on Aphyosemion revised and not split, with 2 new subgenera).
- On January 16. 2014, the (remarkable) description of a new unique and scaleless Aphanius from Iran by Teimori, Esmaeili, Erpenbeck & Reichenbacher is shown online for early view (not yet ICZN-officially published (see also FAQ 40 on coamazonicus), finally published mid-May as Aphanius furcatus).
- On January 7. 2014, the description of Hypsolebias coamazonicus (K-D maintained in Simpsonichthys) from Parnaiba River basin is ICZN-officially published after an online early view in August 2013 (FAQ 40).
- On December 31. 2013, Killi-Data Series (past issues and further issues) will be offered for free to active members (a good reason to become a member, right away, by filling the REGISTRATION form).
- On December 27. 2013, KILLI-DATA SERIES 2013 has been published, with 2 new subgenera, and in total 5 new species, 2 "old" species revalidated and 2 "old" species redefined. If interested, please visit the dedicated page and order the print or the PDF document (14 € including postage).
- On November 7. 2013, K-D-I have reviewed all photos in the database and very few species already known live and distributed in aquariums are missing : Aphanius almiriensis, Austrolebias paranaensis, Cyprinodon bondi, Cyprinodon milleri, Cyprinodon salvadori, Cyprinodon suavium, Fundulus persimilis, Fundulus relictus, Fundulus saguanus, Lucania interioris, Micropanchax loati, Oxyzygonectes dovii, Plesiolebias xavantei, Rivulus depressus, Rivulus giarettai, Rivulus glaucus, Rivulus riograndensis, Simpsonichthys multiradiatus, Stenolebias bellus… if you own a photo of any of these or if you know somebody who does, then contact us rapidly (use the address at the end of this page).
- On October 17. 2013, the new publication on the species flock of Salvador Island in the Bahamas was finally published (already known since the early 2000s) and first announced by Killi-Data, before all other media (a scoop for you !), due to special connections by the editor Jean Huber (and for members only transcribed in Killiflash with the earlier article this year in Science).
- On September 15. 2013, a new INFOWEB15 is written by Jean H. Huber and published online after an exclusivity period to members (on Kryptolebias marmoratus).
- On April 30. 2013, a new official FACEBOOK page has been created by a dedicated member of K-D-I : please write your likes, comments and suggestions [already 224 likes on May 15, 272 on July 19, 299 on September 12, 373 on February 5 2014, 402 on July 3 2014, 426 on August 31 2014].
- On February 28. 2013, a new INFOWEB14 is written by Jean H. Huber and published online after an exclusivity period to members (on Fundulus).
- on February 25. 2013, Pocket Killi-Data 2013 is available and sold to aquarists groups and associations (more INFO) and the "guest" section has been extended to incorporate 1421 new pages (snapshots)
- Killi-Data also maintains a regular flow of publications on paper : KILLI-DATA SERIES 2012 has been published on December 21. 2012, with a full revision of the genus Rivulus and its allied, a new genus described, and a replicate of a family-group name.
- Very sad news : Maurice Chauche died peacefully, on January 27. 2012, in his 84th year… the friend, the man, the photographer and the aquarist will be remembered through Aphyosemion chauchei.