Maurice Kottelat

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Maurice Kottelat (born 1957 in Delémont, Switzerland[1]) is a Swiss ichthyologist specialized on Eurasian freshwater fishes.

Kottelat obtained a License in Sciences at the University of Neuchâtel in 1987[2] and in 1989 a doctoral degree from the University of Amsterdam. In 1980 he went to Thailand where he began his field research on Southeast Asian and Indonesian fresh water fishes.[2] In 1997 he wrote an important revision on the genus Coregonus, which includes the fish species from Lake Geneva, Lake Constance and other lakes in Switzerland.[3] Together with Dr. Tan Heok Hui he worked in Sumatra, where they discovered Paedocypris progenetica, which is considered the smallest fish in the world.[4] In 2007 he published a Handbook of European Freshwater Fishes together with Jörg Freyhof. Kottelat has described more than 440 fish species new to science.[5]

In 2006 he was awarded a Doctor Honoris Causa degree at the University of Neuchâtel.[6] Kottelat is the former (1997-2007) and present (2012-present) president of the European Ichthyological Society.[1] He is a commssioner of the International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature. For most of his career, he has held no academic position but worked as a "freelance taxonomist".[1]

Works (selected)[edit]

  • 1990 Maurice Kottelat: Indochinese Nemacheilines, a revision of nemacheiline loaches (Pisces: Cypriniformes) of Thailand, Burma, Laos, Cambodia and southern Viet Nam. 180 text-figures. 8vo, pp. 262[7]
  • 1996 Maurice Kottelat & Tony Whitten: Freshwater Biodiversity in Asia: With Special Reference to Fish[8]
  • 1997 Maurice Kottelat: European Freshwater fishes. An heuristic checklist of the freshwater fishes of Europe (exclusive of former USSR), with an introduction for non-systematists and comments on nomenclature and conservation. Biologia (Bratislava) Sect. Zool., 52 (Suppl.):1-271.[7]
  • 1997 Maurice Kottelat: Freshwater Fishes of Western Indonesia and Sulawesi[8]
  • 1998 Maurice Kottelat: Fishes of Brazil - An Aid to the Study of Spix and Agassiz's (1829-31) Selecta Genera et Species Piscium Brasiliensium Including an English Translation of the Entire Text by V.L. Wirasinha and Reproduction of all Illustrations[7]
  • 2001 Maurice Kottelat : Fishes of Laos[7]
  • 2001 Maurice Kottelat: Freshwater fishes of Northern Vietnam: A preliminary check-list of the fishes known or expected to occur in Northern Vietnam : with comments on systematics and nomenclature[7]
  • 2007 Maurice Kottelat & Jörg Freyhof: Handbook of European Freshwater Fishes Published by the authors. ISBN 978-2-8399-0298-4
  • 2012 Maurice Kottelat: Conspectus cobitidum: an inventory of the loaches of the world (Teleostei: Cypriniformes: Cobitoidei) Raffles Bulletin of Zoology, Supplement 26: 1–199.
  • 2013 Maurice Kottelat: The fishes of inland waters of Southeast Asia: a catalogue and core bibliography of the fishes known to occur in freshwaters, mangroves and estuaries. Raffles Bulletin of Zoology, Supplement 27: 1-663.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Commissioners: Dr Maurice Kottelat International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature (accessed 2014)
  2. ^ a b (outdated link:) Maurice Kottelat: des centaines d’espèces de poissons dans ses filets. Universite de Neuchatel. No. 33 Juillet 2006 (French)
  3. ^ Maurice Kottelat: "European Freshwater fishes. An heuristic checklist of the freshwater fishes of Europe (exclusive of former USSR), with an introduction for non-systematists and comments on nomenclature and conservation". Biologia (Bratislava) Sect. Zool., 52 (Supplement):271 pp
  4. ^ Maurice Kottelat, Ralf Britz, Tan Heok Hui, Kai-Erik Witte, 2005. "Paedocypris, a new genus of Southeast Asian cyprinid fish with a remarkable sexual dimorphism, comprises the world's smallest vertebrate." Proceedings of the Royal Society B 10.1098/rspb.2005.3419.
  5. ^ Raffles Museum news - "2400 years of Ichthyology, but an inventory still far from complete."
  6. ^ Dies academicus 4 novembre 2006 Uni Neuchatel (French)
  7. ^ a b c d e Zoobank
  8. ^ a b Library Catalog Smithsonian Institution Libraries