Search the Bibliography
The bibliography contains 5021 entries covering all aspects of the biology of subterranean fishes and allied subjects of relevance.
This web site is effectively the second edition of my book on the subterranean fishes of the world (Proudlove 2006). It follows very much the same structure and content and its main aim is to provide an always-up-to-date checklist of the cave and groundwater fishes of the world and detailed species accounts for all species. A fully searchable bibliography of 4900+ entries (1978 - date) is also provided. A secondary aim is to provide checklists for the interstitial fishes and for troglomorphic fishes from non-subterranean habitats, and species accounts when time allows these to be prepared. One or two other lists and/or notes may appear if I find them of interest and relevance. Each species account has a Metadata link which takes you to a page describing the methods used, the notation and various other essential guides to using the site effectively.
There are currently 288 species of cave and groundwater fishes, 52 species of interstitial fishes and 49 species with troglomorphic features from non-subterranean habitats (total 389 species).
Comments, corrections, additions etc. to me at g.proudlove[at]manchester.ac.uk
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V1.0 edited Thursday 2nd December 2021
Important paper on subterranean speciation (it's on beetles but is very important)
Numerous well known, but currently undescribed, species from Brazil added from the paper by Bichuette and Gallao (2021)
Very important new paper on trophic ecology in the natural habitat of Astyanax (Wilson et al. 2021)
Rakthamichthys mumba newly described from India
Major review of the fauna of Mammoth Cave by Niemiller, Helf and Toomey (2021)
Species account for Macrotrema caligans written, probably all that is known about it!
I have started to add a large number of bioRxiv preprints to the bibliography. Some, though by no means all, have been supreceeded by publication but all are valuable contributions and well worth including
Important thesis (Farley 2021) on the development of troglomorphy in fishes and Crustacea
Very interesting preprint on development in Astyanax by Torres-Paz and Retaux (2021)
A special edition of Journal of Experimental Zoology. Part B Molecular and Developmental Evolution devoted to Astyanax research
A number of name changes in the Family Synbranchidae (both subterranean and non-subterranean lists) after information in Britz et al. 2020
Excellent presentation by Professor Daphne Soares on The Secret Lives of Cavefishes
Very significant revision of the biogeography of Astyanax jordani by Espinasa et al. (2020)
Major new study of the phylogeny and evolution of the genus Sinocyclocheilus by Mao et al. (2020)
Another major review of the biology of Astyanax jordani by Jeffery (2020)
A critically important paper by Horst Wilkens - this is a must read and understand paper for anyone interested in, or working on, subterranean fishes
Important new book on North American freshwater fishes with extensive chapters on Characidae (Mercado-Silva et al. 2020, 22 pages), Ictaluridae (Burr, Warren and Bennett 2020, 78 pages), Heptapteridae (Thomas and Sabaj 2020, 25 pages), Amblyopsidae (Adams, Burr and Warren 2020, 41 pages) and Poeciliidae (Ghedotti et al. 2020, 65 pages).
There are several new books and papers that are relevant:
Cave ecology edited by Moldovan, Kováč and Halse (2018)
The biology of caves and other subterranean habitats (Second edition) by Culver and Pipan (2019)
Microbial life of cave systems edited by Engel (2015)
- Checklist of cave and groundwater fishes
- Fishes removed from the list of cave and groundwater fishes
- Checklist of interstitial fishes
- Checklist of troglomorphic fishes from non-subterranean habitats
- Coexisting species of cave and groundwater fishes
- Non-stygobitic fishes in caves and other subterranean habitats
- A history of investigations and significant landmarks in the study of subterranean fishes
- A Consideration of Fishless Karsts
- Acknowledgements and credits