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Habitats for Cypriniformes

Cypriniform species are extremely variable morphologically and ecologically. The latter is evident from their wide distribution that includes virtually every type of freshwater habitat and an amazing diversity of reproductive and life-history strategies, as discussed by Winfield & Nelson (1991) and MacDonald (2008), and at and websites.


Winfield, I. J. and J. S. Nelson (Eds.). 1991. Cyprinid fishes: systematics, biology and exploitation. Chapman and Hall, London.

MacDonald, M. 2008. Loaches: Natural History and Aquarium Care (Hardcover). TFH publications, LTD.MacDonald (2008)


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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.