Upcoming Article for Amazonas Magazine

25 May, 2012

The Endangered Cichlid Fishes of Lake Victoria, East Africa - AMAZONAS Magazine, May/June 2012

The Endangered Cichlid Fishes of Lake Victoria, East Africa – AMAZONAS Magazine, May/June 2012

An upcoming article for Amazonas magazine written by myself and Dr Paul Loiselle will feature information about the endangered cichlid fishes of Lake Victoria.  Due to space constraints, the suggested reading list could not be included in the magazine itself, so it is presented here for readers wishing further information.

Recommended Reading

Witte, F., T. Goldschmidt, J. Wanink, M. van Oijen, K. Goudswaard, E. Witte-Maas, and N. Bouton. 1992.  The destruction of an endemic species flock:  quantitative data on the decline of the haplochromine cichlids of Lake Victoria. Env.. Biol. Fishes 34:1-28.

Seehausen, O.  1996.  Lake Victoria Rock Cichlids – Taxonomy, Ecology and Distribution. Verduijn Cichlids,  304 pp.

Chandler, M., Hemdal, J.F., Bailey, S.L.  2001.  The Lake Victoria Haplochromine – AZA’s first fish SSP.  AZA Communiqué (March 2001)

Johnson, T. C., Scholtz, C. A., Talbot, M. R., Kelts, K., Ricketts, R. D. Ngobi, G., Beuning, K., Ssemmanda, I. and J. W. McGill.  1996.  Late Pleistocene Desiccation of Lake Victoria and Rapid Evolution of Cichlid Fishes.  Science 273:1091-1093.

Elmer, K. R., Reggio, C., Wirth, T., Verheyen, E., Salzburger, W. and A. Meyer.  2009.  Pleistocene dessication in East Africa bottlenecked but did nor extrirpate the adaptive radiation of Lake Victoria haplochromine cichlid fishes.  Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. 106: 13404 -13409.

Steeves, G., Hansen, D. and A. Lamboj.  2010.  Cichlids of Africa.  Volume I.  Haplchromines.  Granda Publications, 141 pp.

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Jay Hemdal
Jay Hemdal

Jay Hemdal has worked at public aquariums for over 30 years. He is currently curator of fishes and invertebrates for a large U.S. zoo / aquarium and is actively involved in the AZA (Association of Zoos and Aquariums). He has authored over 200 magazine articles and seven books since he graduated college in 1981.

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