The Biology of Hypogean Fishes
A CALL FOR PAPERS
This is an invitation to submit one or more research papers on hypogean
(cave, subterranean) fishes for a special volume on this topic to be
published by Environmental Biology of Fishes in 2001. We also expect to
reprint this special issue as a separate book. More than 60 researchers
have already been invited to participate.
The topics of the papers to be considered will be diverse in nature with
evolution, ecology, behavior, and conservation as the prime issues. There
will be two major types of articles: a) review articles; and, b) specific
articles that report either or both, field and laboratory work whose
results provide new insights on the role played by the environment on the
biology of these fishes.
Papers will be arranged under the following sections:
I. General perspectives: Synthesis of general information, e.g., the
worlds hypogean fishes, phenotypic convergences, distribution, the history
of hypogean fish research, and the impact of cave fish research on
evolutionary and ecological thought.
II. Ecology: Ecological issues related to the hypogean environment and how
they have influenced hypogean fish adaptations.
III. Morphology: Major morphological adaptations related to the hypogean
IV. Behavior: Behavioral adaptations, particularly differences between
hypogean fishes and their epigean ancestors (e.g., reproductive, agonistic
and schooling behavior, circadian rhythmicity, aggressiveness, responses to
V. Physiology: Ecophysiology of hypogean fishes.
VI. Evolutionary perspectives: Field/laboratory data as well as more
synthetic views on issues such as colonization, genetic and phenotypic
correlations, interactions between morphological and behavioral changes,
evolutionary rates, gene flow, etc.
VII. Hypogean fishes environment and conservation: Current status of
hypogean fish conservation. Management tools.
The deadline for manuscript submission is February 29, 2000. All papers
will be peer-reviewed by at least two experts.
If you have any questions or wish to receive a copy of the Instructions to
Authors, please do not hesitate to contact me. I encourage the use of
Aldemaro Romero, Ph.D.
Environmental Studies Program and Department of Biology
Macalester College, 1600 Grand Ave., St. Paul, MN 55105-1899,
USA.Telephone: (651) 696-8157, Fax: (651) 696-6443, E-mail:
romero at macalester.edu