Welcome to the Mormyridae LifeDesk!
This LifeDesk is a work in progress that will eventually provide (1) a classification reflecting the most recent published changes to mormyrid taxonomy, (2) a descriptive taxon page for each mormyrid genus and species that will include a photograph of the type specimen, (3) information on the electric organ discharge waveform (EOD) of each mormyrid species for which recordings exist, and (4) a bibliography that will include all original species descriptions and many other important works on mormyrids as downloadable PDF files. In addition to serving as a stand-alone resource, this LifeDesk will feed content directly into the Encyclopedia of Life (EOL).
Our goal is to make this LifeDesk the go-to online portal for research on mormryrids and their taxonomy, useful to the specialist and informative for the general public. Have something to contribute? Become a member of this LifeDesk by sending an e-mail to jpsullivan65 (at) gmail (dot) com. Please check back often to keep track of our progress!
Special thanks are due to EOL for supporting Dr. John Sullivan with a Rubenstein Fellowship in 2010, allowing him to assemble data for this LifeDesk while a Fulbright Scholar in D.R. Congo, and to ETI BioInformatics for making available W. Harders' photographs of mormyrid type specimens published in the CD-ROM "Mormyridae and other Osteoglossomorpha".
How to use this site:
Start with the Mormryidae taxon page (top link on the left) for an introduction to these fishes and a key to the genera. Alternatively, navigate through the classification (upper right corner of this page) to find your taxon of interest or use the search box (upper left).
Recent bibliographic items
- Poissons de l'Afrique équatoriale Française de Jean Thomas
- The fishes of the United States Eclipse Expedition to West Africa
- Systema Ichthyologiae Iconibus cx Ilustratum. Post obitum auctoris opus inchoatum absolvit, correxit, interpolavit Jo. Gottlob Schneider, Saxo. Berolini.
- Poissons nouveaux du Haut Zambèze recueillis par M. V. Ellenberger