Rare fish from Madagascar named after renowned ichthyologist
January 24, 2007
Dr. Paul Loiselle, who has dedicated much of his career safeguarding Madagascar's little- known freshwater fishes, received the honor from a team of biologists from the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH), after they named a new species of cichlid Ptychochromis loisellei. The announcement was made in a recent edition of American Museum Novitates.
The authors of the paper wrote that the new species was "Named for our colleague Paul Loiselle in recognition of his many contributions to the understanding and conservation of Madagascar's freshwater fishes."
Loiselle himself has discovered fifteen freshwater fishes during his fourteen years of field work in Madagascar He is considered one of the world's experts on cichlids — a family of perch-like fishes comprising nearly 2,000 different species.
Large-scale deforestation and other kinds of human impact have put Madagascar's unique wildlife at great risk. Despite limited resources, the Malagasy government has made conservation a priority in recent years, announcing plans to set up new protected areas. To educate and inspire the public about its efforts to save this island nation's amazing wildlife, the Wildlife Conservation Society will open a spectacular new Madagascar exhibit in 2009 at the Bronx Zoo, as part of a newly announced $650 million capital campaign called "Gateways to Conservation."
This is a modified news release from WCS.
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