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Goals of ACSI

1. Accelerate the rate of discovery and description of cypriniform fishes and improve our understanding of the evolutionary and ecological relationships of cypriniform fishes.

2. Make information on cypriniform fishes readily available in print and electronically via websites with virtually all taxonomically relevant information.

3. Build the capacity for systematic research in other countries through student training and establishing long-term collaborations. Capacity-building leads to improved scientific understanding and investigations, and a greater appreciation of environmental challenges.

4. Make available large numbers of specimens and tissues of freshwater fishes, including those of species never before collected, in permanent collections of US and foreign institutions.

5. Expand knowledge of the phylogenetic relationships of Cypriniformes and construct a predictive classification by adding 1,000 species to the phylogeny of the Cypriniformes Tree of Life.


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This is the primary page opening to two very large research initiatives on Cypriniformes fishes: the All Cypriniformes Species Inventory (ACSI-2), funded by the U.S. National Science Foundation DEB-1022720 (Dr. Lawrence M. Page, University of Florida), DEB-1023403 (Dr. Jonathan Armbruster, Auburn University), and DEB-1021840 (Dr. Richard L. Mayden, Saint Louis University )and The Cypriniformes Tree of Life (CToL), funded by the U.S. National Science Foundation EF-0431326 (Drs. R. L. Mayden, R. M. Wood, and N. Aspinwall). You can learn more about both of these international-scale studies using the links available on this site.