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Killi-related science news. Where available abstracts and links to freely available papers are included.

New book for North American Killi fans

New book for North American Killi fans

“A heroic undertaking in its scope. The icthyological community has eagerly awaited the publication of the second volume of this most important work, which provides continent-wide coverage of North America’s freshwater fish fauna. This book will make our jobs easier.”–  Tim M. Berra, Ohio State University

New description and a new species of Nothobranchius

New description and a new species of Nothobranchius

Redescription of the seasonal killifish species Nothobranchius ocellatus and description of a related new species Nothobranchius matanduensis, from eastern Tanzania (Teleostei: Nothobranchiidae) Brian R. Watters, Béla Nagy, Pieter D. W. van der Merwe, Fenton P. D. Cotterill and Dirk U. Bellstedt* Ichthyological Exploration of Freshwaters/IEF-1149/pp. 1-28 Published 26 June 2020 LSID: http://zoobank.org/urn:lsid:zoobank.org:pub:7E606C25-EDD9-4D05-81E3-B368688851CE DOI: http://doi.org/10.23788/IEF-1149 The description of Nothobranchius ocellatus was based on a unique holotype, comprising an immature male, and a photograph of a female. The holotype is apparently lost….

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The World wakes up to the ability of killis to halt their own development

The World wakes up to the ability of killis to halt their own development

Although the ability of killis to arrest their own development up to three times has been known for some time this fascinating aspect of their life history has now hit the headlines: https://www.theguardian.com/science/2020/feb/20/african-killifish-may-hold-key-to-stopping-ageing-in-humans The BKA exists to promote these beautiful fish and to help conserve them. The natural world contains so many secrets that can assist the human race, we should all see the benefit in protecting biodiversity. Follow this link to see an interesting video by sciencemag.org on diapause,…

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Nothobranchius derhami – Another gem to add to the growing list of beautiful Nothos

Nothobranchius derhami – Another gem to add to the growing list of beautiful Nothos

Aqua, International Journal of Ichthyology Nothobranchius derhami (Cyprinodontiformes: Nothobranchiidae), A new species of seasonal killifish from western Kenya Stefano Valdesalici and Giuseppe Amato Abstract Nothobranchius derhami, new species, is described from seasonal habitats in the Nyando River system, belonging to the Lake Victoria basin, western Kenya. Nothobranchius derhami belongs to the N. ugandensis species group and is distinguished from all other members of the genus by the following characters in males: flank light blue with red scale margins; dorsal portion…

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