Senckenberg Research Institute and Natural History Museum Frankfurt

Marine Zoology

The Ichthyology Section (”ichthys“= Greek “fish”)is devoted to the scientific study of fishes and fishlike vertebrates, with the bony fishes (Osteichthyes), cartilaginous fishes (Chondrichthyes) and jawless fishes (Agnatha). This includes taxonomic and systematic studies with focus on certain taxonomic groups, which are complemented by molecular genetic studies on phylogeny and population genetics as well as research on ecology and biogeography. Studies are concerned with freshwater as well as marine fishes. The major geographic focus of actual research of the Ichthyology Section still is on the seas and freshwaters of the Middle East and of Northern Africa, which have been travelled and studied by the founder of the section, Eduard Rüppell.

Pempheris flavicycla marisrubri

Pempheris flavicycla marisrubri Randall, Bogorodsky & Alpermann 2014 is a Red Sea endemic subspecies of an Indian Ocean wide distributed species of sweepers (Family Pempheridae), which only as been described very recently. (Photo: Sergey V. Bogorodsky)

 

 Pseudanthias heemstrai Schuhmacher, Krupp & Randall 1989 is an endemic fish from the Red Sea, which at first was only known from the Gulf of Aqaba, and only later was confirmed for the Southern Red Sea as well. (Photo: Sven Tränkner)

Pseudanthias heemstrai Schuhmacher, Krupp & Randall 1989 is an endemic fish from the Red Sea, which at first was only known from the Gulf of Aqaba, and only later was confirmed for the Southern Red Sea as well. (Photo: Friedhelm Krupp)

 

Garra smarti Krupp & Budd 2009 is one of several freshwater fishes of the Arabian Peninsula (type locality: Wadi Hasik, Oman) that have been described as new to science in the last years. (Photo: Friedhelm Krupp)

Garra smarti Krupp & Budd 2009 is one of several freshwater fishes of the Arabian Peninsula (type locality: Wadi Hasik, Oman) that have been described as new to science in the last years. (Photo: Sven Tränkner)

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