The central goal of the TAMU Systematic Ichthyology Laboratory is to document the taxonomic, anatomical, ontogenetic, and genetic diversity of teleost fishes. Teleost fishes are without-a-doubt the most successful group of fishes (and probably vertebrates) on the planet currently and have colonized almost all available aquatic habitats (and even some terrestrial habitats). The morphological diversity of teleosts is unparalleled by any other group of vertebrates, ranging in size from tiny 7mm long minnows to 10meter long oar fish, and in shape from ribbon-like eels to globe-like pufferfishes. We investigate this diversity not only to further our understanding of vertebrate anatomy in general but also to discover novel characters to advance our understanding of the phylogenetic relationships of select groups of teleost fishes. Our investigations frequently lead to the discovery of previously unrecognized taxonomic diversity and one of the broader aims of the TAMU Systematic Ichthyology Laboratory is to document this diversity through the description of new species.

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Academic Articles86
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  • FUJIWARA, K., & CONWAY, K. W. (2021). A replacement name for the acoelan flatworm genus Rimicola Böhmig (Acoela: Isodiametridae). Zootaxa. 5068(1), 149-150.
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  • Hunt, E. P., Conway, K. W., Hamilton, K., Hilton, E. J., Piller, K. R., Wright, J. J., & Portnoy, D. S. (2021). Molecular Phylogenetics of the Chub Suckers (Teleostei: Catostomidae: Erimyzon) Inferred from Nuclear and Mitochondrial Loci. Ichthyology & Herpetology. 109(2), 626-635.
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  • Lujan, N. K., & Conway, K. W. (2015). Life in the Fast Lane: A Review of Rheophily in Freshwater Fishes. Extremophile Fishes. 107-136. Springer International Publishing.
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Conference Papers6
  • Huie, J. M., Hall, K. C., Summers, A. P., & Conway, K. W. (2021). Stick with it: convergent evolution of eco-morphotypes in clingfishes. INTEGRATIVE AND COMPARATIVE BIOLOGY. 61, E399-E399.
  • Jones, A. E., Conway, K. W., & Webb, J. W. (2021). The best of both worlds: regional specialization in the mechanosensory system of the silverjaw minnow, Ericymba buccata. INTEGRATIVE AND COMPARATIVE BIOLOGY. 61, E428-E428.
  • Summers, A. P., Trnski, T., Hannam, S., & Conway, K. W. (2020). A diversity of fishes that suck - New Zealand edition. INTEGRATIVE AND COMPARATIVE BIOLOGY. 60, E227-E227.
  • Webb, J. F., Molnar, E. J., Nickles, K. R., Jones, A. E., Conway, K. W., & Mchenry, M. J. (2020). How to Distinguish Pattern from Chaos: Superficial Neuromasts of the Mechanosensory Lateral Line System in Fishes. INTEGRATIVE AND COMPARATIVE BIOLOGY. 60, E248-E248.
  • Kubicek, K. M., Britz, R., & Conway, K. W. (2020). Ontogeny of the Pectoral-fin Radials in Catfishes. INTEGRATIVE AND COMPARATIVE BIOLOGY. 60, E361-E361.
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