Archive for October, 2008

ICHTHYO - the inner beauty of fishes

Saturday, October 25th, 2008

Here is the perfect fish gift for the approaching holiday season — and for any other reason, of course.

In ICHTHYO The architecture of fish, by Stephanie Comer and Deborah Klochko, fish bones become art.

The book is a 189 pages collection of charming and beautiful X-rays of fishes from the Smithsonian Institution. The X-rays were made by Sandra Raredon and are interspersed with essays authored by Jean-Michel Costeau, Daniel Pauly and Lynne Parenti.

On page after page,  swimming skeletons reveal an amazing variety in the shape of fish, stripped of concealing scales, skin and colours. An art book, this is also an opus worth putting in the hands of students. The images are arranged in phylogenetic order, starting with a hagfish with no bony structures at all, and ending with a sweetheart pair of sunfish illustrating how evolution can also do away with the bone we associate with bony fishes.

Cover of ICHTHYO

Citation: Comer, S. & D. Klokcho. 2008. ICHTHYO. The architecture of fish. X-rays from the Smithsonian Institution. Chronicle Books, San Francisco.  ISBN 978-0-8118-6192-2.

Artedi Lectures on Systematic Ichthyology 2008

Thursday, October 23rd, 2008

Artedi Lectures on Systematic Ichthyology
Co-organized by : FishBase Sweden, The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, The Swedish Museum of Natural History

In commemoration of Petrus Artedi – Father of Modern Ichthyology

5 December 2008, 8:30 – 13:30h

Beijer Hall, The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, Stockholm, Sweden

In 2005, FishBase Sweden and the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences organized the Artedi Lectures in commemoration of the tricentennial of the birth of Sweden’s famous ichthyologist Petrus Artedi (1705-1735). Artedi reformed organismal systematics by applying a strict methodology to the study of fishes. He paved the ground for modern systematics, scientific nomenclature and classification expanded on by Carl Linnaeus.

The Artedi Lectures are given by ichthyologists of considerable scientific excellence and recognition, who have made a contribution to ichthyology by a broad approach combining discovery, description, analysis and synthesis in a way that has significantly inspired new generations of ichthyologists.
Artedi Lectures are planned to be given every three years. In 2005 the first Artedi Lectures were given by five renowned fish researchers, Drs. G. David Johnson, Maurice Kottelat, Richard L. Mayden, Lynne R. Parenti and Mutsumi Nishida.

The 2008 Lectures will be given on 5 December by Drs. Joseph Nelson, Gloria Arratia and Meemann Chang.

By organising the Artedi Lectures, we hope to inspire more systematic research, and highlight the importance of both the early Swedish contribution to the field by Artedi, Linnaeus, and the Royal Academy of Sciences (of which the Swedish Museum of Natural History was then a part), and the contemporary importance of systematics to the study of the biological diversity of the Earth.

The programme includes a half day of invited lectures. Participation in the symposium is free and includes lunch, but registration is required.

Participation is free, but registration is required and should be made no later than 27 November 2008. Coffee and lunch is included for all registered participants.

Inquiries and registration:
FishBase Sweden
PO Box 50007
SE-104 05 Stockholm, Sweden
+46-8-51954123, +46-8-51954122
E-mail: fishbase@nrm.se