HEADLINES

 

  • On April 28. 2016, Aqua, Journal of Ichthyology and Aquatic Biology publishes (dated April 18.) an issue with 3 descriptions of new killifish species (ePDF on sale for about 20 Euro at http://www.aqua-aquapress.com/volume-22-issue-2-18-april-2016/ ): Aphyosemion bitteri, Rivulus hoetmeri, Rivulus polychromus.
  • On April 4. 2016, the Killi-Data International (K-D-I) board is very pleased to announce you a new media of information about killifish research state of the art produced by the association, namely "Killiflash Newsletter" ; and cherry on the cake… the first issue, number 1, is free for everybody, designed for your pleasure of reading and for your evaluation, as a novelty in the killifish landscape ; you can obtain it easily by sending an e-mail to the address given at the end of this page (beware the file weighs 6.6 Mbytes... your own mail address must be able to accept such big PDFs as attached files) ; all details are given in the official FACEBOOK page, now with 1299 likes.
  • On April 1. 2016, the answer by Jean Huber to a question on Moema kenwoodi is published (see FAQ 46).
  • On February 26. 2016, Dr Huber adds a new major project to Killi-Data for a stronger cooperation between dedicated aquarists/collectors and genetic researchers… all details at MOLECULAR PLATFORM, with a first proposal of to-be-studied specimens (everybody can participate, why not you ?).
  • On February 18. 2016, following the AGM decision by K-D-I members, Killi-Data prioritize 3 targets for collections (and possible grants) among 14 in total… all details at GRANTS AND PRIORITY TARGETS.
  • On December 11. 2015, Killi-Data reports on an obituary for Dr Thomerson just published in Copeia [Copeia 103 (4): 1096-1101, Jamie Edward Thomerson (1935–2015), http://www.asihcopeiaonline.org/toc/cope/2015/ ].
  • On December 10. 2015, Killi-Data reports on 2 international large "connected" teams who sequentially publish, in the same famous magazine Cell, important findings about the genome of Nothobranchius furzeri, the fish with shortest lifespan, including a sex-differentiating chromosome and a link between diapause, lifespan and genome (localized in male chromosome)… yes 2 major breakthroughs since the sex differentiation is seen within the genome, not like previously in karyotype morphology (e.g., in Megupsilon aporus) (very technical reading, beware !).
  • The last full update of the database for members-only on November 24. 2015 includes 1447 Killiflash (vs. 1318 in February 2015, 1139 in May 2014 and 735 in September 2013), 1502 taxa (generic or specific level) (vs. resp. 1489, 1472 and 1455), 2881 photos (vs. 2836, 2781 and 2705), 180 maps (vs. 176 in September 2013), 5167 bibliographic references (vs. 5039, 4952 and 4871), 8409 collecting localities (vs. 8315, 8248 and 8209), 2 killiaquar.
  • On November 19. 2015, KILLI-DATA SERIES 2015 has been published (36 pages in colors), with 1 new species Nothobranchius torgashevi, with a redescribed genus with a new family-group name (Yssolebiini) and a proposal for synonymization (Aphanius marassantensis) ; beware, it is being sent for free as PDF to all active members (click on appropriate link above at K-D-S FREE), the print being sold at 14 Euro each).
  • On November 14. 2015, description of new Mexican Profundulus mixtlanensis, and revalidation of oaxacae is in press (might not be ICZN available, please do not publish until further evidence… actually and validly published on Decemeber 8. 2015).
  • On November 3. 2015, a new major scientific book (and a must buy) is announced on annuals (see all details in members' section… hurry up to order).
  • On October 31. 2015, exactly the 1000th valid species of killifish has been described as Rivulus mabura (actually it is part of a batch of 3 new species in the same magazine but historically this is indeed mabura, named in Laimosemion that hits the symbolic number ! (parallely the official FACEBOOK page is still climbing with 1046 likes after having crushed the target of 1000 likes early this month, with the full text of this alert and… many statistical numbers where Wilson Costa is by far on the lead while the total number of taxa, including generic names and synonyms, reaches 1500).
  • On October 8. 2015, the official FACEBOOK page has crushed the target of 1000 likes (thank you to all who feel involved and interested with the issues developped therein and coincidentally the event is coming at about the same time of another important event to be announced soon).
  • On October 6. 2015, the answer by Jean Huber to a question on generic names variations in killifish associations listings is published (see FAQ 45).
  • On July 10. 2015, Dr Huber strongly supports a new initiative for the conservation of Aphanius fasciatus, only known today by 2 endangered populations, by Maltese authorities (Malta is an island in the middle of Mediterranean sea, part of E.U)  ; populations from Malta are genetically distinct from mainland Europe (including Sicily) and Maghreb ; in the old times, Charles Zammit, an enthusiastic killifish hobbyist (and still a very active breeder !), has made large efforts to save several populations ; now the project is motioned by Nature Trust (NTM) and the Malta Aquaculture Research Centre (MARC) with 5 major actions (mainly a captive breeding and species maintenance then a translocation back into the Marsaxlokk salt marsh) ; to support yourself the project, add LIKES to their account.
  • On July 1. 2015, Dr Huber and K-D-I strongly support a Mexican conservation initiative for Profundulus oaxacae, only known today by 3 small remnant populations (systematically valid based on molecular data, a rediagnosis for scientific recognition is under-way), by a team led by Víctor Ortiz in valley of Etla, Oaxaca state (all details at ENGLISH and at SPANISH)… please consider to support the project either with words or materially, if you have outdoor ponds and rather subtropical climate (click on CONTACT) and with money (click on DONATE) in the above web sites [besides there is possibly a new species], or in addition, with LIKES.
  • On June 5. 2015, Jean Huber, having been pushed to clear up his small cellar, sells his 15 last Rivulus books (586 pages) at a discount price of 20 € including postage (initial launch price was 85 €), either with Paypal or with bank notes at his private address (payment with the same process and addresses as for K-D-I REGISTRATION).
  • On May 19. 2015, a new INFOWEB18 is written by Jean H. Huber and published online after an exclusivity period to members (on Aphanius and the new discoveries in Iran, spurred from Germany with a dynamic Iranian team).
  • On May 4. 2015, a short analysis of a major description of a new fossil (the first ever complete fossil in Aplocheiloids), described as a new species, new genus and new family (Kenyaichthys, K. kipkechi, Kenyaichthyidae) is written (with some humour) by Dr Huber for the FACEBOOK page.
  • On April 27. 2015, the official FACEBOOK page (now with 814 likes) publishes a new alert, after an exciting publication on cousins of killifish by Japanese researchers who have identified a hormone (vasotocin) that gives male pseudo-killifish the edge needed to vanquish rivals in love.
  • On March 16. 2015, Pocket Killi-Data 2015 is published and available and sold (cheaply) to aquarists groups and associations (more INFO).
  • Previous alerts are to be read at INDEX-ARCHIVES.
  • The "guest" section is fully open and anonymous (no e-mail needed to enter) and it is fully updated with automatic programmes and a free RSS feed (easy and free to subscribe to get immediately any alert from Killi-Data linked to newest publications as the letter-by-letter thread above, just below the Google add)
  • The "members" section is strictly payable after REGISTRATION (no more free granting for any person, contributor or not) : it remains easily affordable (6 Euro, i.e. about 7 US$, for a full year after permanent membership) and it is considerably enriched with new pages and with an automated updating process.
  • The "members" section mainly contains the database and all killiflash since 1961 (all major publications on killifish with reference, abstract and short analysis for each) : to freely check the contents of the database, please read the SAMPLE page, or if you intend to write an article, ask for a GRATUITY page of a given name of killifish.
  • The "guest" section holds a lot of advertising (please readily click on links if interested) : this is aimed to cover the costs of IT development programmes each year so that all fees from "members" are redistributed to young researchers and to aquarists-collectors for their first trip.
  • This is not any more, at the generic level, a mirror of current research (it became too unstable since 2009) but an objective analysis of current knowledge, in order to avoid too numerous name changes without added value and without stability sake ; but this only concerns the generic level, while the species level is, as usual, automatically derived from latest published evidence (beware, that strategy is different from listing various published results and/or published opinions to compare them without deciding).
  • In total, the principles of the project are maintained -data quality and financial redistribution- even if, because the project is not a single person project any more, it may only be long-term living by data contributions from all members.

 

 

CONTENTS

Communication and cooperation free services:

A new version of the website has been made available early 2012, and for the guest section, browsing is slightly different from the previous version (started in 2001) :

This is not any more a single person project (although the initial author Jean Huber is still pivotal) and the whole project has been nested within a non-profit association named Killi-Data International, or K-D-I (see there all details for past and new members).

 

Free services for YOU :

  • Obtain freely one PDF file for a species or genus name from the Data-Base (without being a member) as a GRATUITY, for your next article or your private use or as a sample before registering to Killi-Data.
  • Ask a scientific QUESTION and get a free personal answer from an expert advisor.
  • Be informed of ALERTS by subscribing to the RSS feed with your browser.

Free contributions from YOU to build up a cooperative community :

  • DONATE money to the association (it will be entirely redistributed) in order to stimulate research and/or collecting trips by aquarists for their first trip.
  • CONTRIBUTE by forwarding comments, corrections, additions, collecting localities, names of first breeders, of discoverers, breeding data, etc.
  • PROPOSE  top quality color photos (uncompressed digital pics, only) for the data base
  • SUBMIT requests and offers, in line with Killi-Data objectives to build up a platform of COOPERATION.
  • Donate material (live fish or preserved fish with known origin) to RESEARCHERS or INSTITUTIONS
  • OFFER partnership if you organise a collecting trip to find co-collector via COOPERATE

Profiles of interest:

  • Find out how to become a member of the worldwide Killifish ASSOCIATIONS.
  • Be aware of the current and future fields of interest by RESEARCHERS on Killifish.
  • Check the list of historical CONTRIBUTORS to Killi-Data (why not you, soon?).
  • Discover the INSTITUTIONS with their website, and donate to Killifish research for young researchers and young collector aquarists.
  • Submit a DOSSIER to obtain a grant to finance your first collecting trip, if you are an aquarist member of a Killifish Association.
  • Be aware of renown scientists and aquarists, as historical major researchers on Killifishes, listed with thanks in HONORS.
  • Review the FINANCIAL accounts of Killi-Data, in full transparency, with benefits entirely redistributed.
  • Refer to the copyrights, ethics, privacy rules, technicalities, credits for assistance, and disclaimers of the website (with legal terms and conditions) in OPTIMIZATION.

Distribution of grants :  8 grants distributed for 3100 Euros or about 4000 US$ [Simona Santini (Italy, DNA Nothos), Graciela Garcia (Uruguay, DNA Austrolebias), Tom Van Dooren (Holland, DNA Lampeyes), Ondrej Sedlacek (Czechia, aquarist, Cameroon), Graciela Garcia (Uruguay, DNA Austrolebias, Trigonectes), Paul Loiselle (USA, collecting Madagascar [discontinued]), Tyrone Genade (UK/South Africa, Ph.D. research), Randall Brummett (Fishbase/Cameroun, collecting new Yaoundé Epiplatys)]. Details of accounts (Euros, since 2001): total revenues, 3578.80; total direct charges (slides duplicates, URL Internic and hosting costs), 1099.02; net account after re-distribution (loss), -820.72, as of May 24. 2012, date of inception of Killi-Data International [1 Euro = 1.25 US Dollar] and net account on May 15. 2013, after cumulative registration to the association in 2012, (still loss but much improved) : -220.44. The financial situation has improved progressively, becoming positive as early as end of 2013 and healthy since then. All cumulative details at FINANCIAL accounts.

Mission statement

legend  Killi-Data aims to present all available information on Killies or oviparous Cyprinodontiformes fishes.
Killi-Data compiles state of the art knowledge, wherever it sources from, scientist or aquarist.
Killi-Data is evidence based, not opinion based. If conflicting results arise from distinct phylogenetic methods, then a compromise is selected that purports the maximum of results, ending up in a splitting way if stability is not treatened.
Killi-Data is a non-profit venture that redistributes all financial benefits, the major part being attributed to young scientists or collectors to support research on oviparous Cyprinodontiformes fishes or Killies.
Killi-Data strongly encourages cooperation between ichthyologists, either professional or amateur, and aquarists to build a cooperative community of interest and knowledge.