Center for Aquatic Biodiversity and Resource Conservation

Research Group of Fish Taxonomy and Evolution


PI: Prof. ZHANG E, PhD

Members:  Prof. E Zhang; Assistant Technician Sheng-jie Ren. 

Contact Us:  

Telephone: 86-27-68780260
Address: Institute of Hydrobiology, Chinese Academy of Sciences
Donghu South Road # 7, Luojiaoshan Street, Wuchang, Wuhan 430072; Hubei Province, P.R. China 

General Introduction:   

The Research Group of Fish Taxonomy and Evolution is one of the successors of the Group of Fish Taxonomy (GFT) established by Prof. WU Xianwen (CAS member) and developed from the institute’s former Center of Ichthyology headed by Prof. CHEN Yiyu (CAS member). The past two decades have witnessed significant development of systematics and molecular phylogenetics at IHB since the GFT was cancelled. There is a growing need for credible taxonomic information in the face of current biodiversity crisis. Thus, this group, devoted to the study of freshwater fish taxonomy, set its goals at speeding up species exploration and cataloguing species diversity of freshwater fish by resorting to modern techniques. 

Projects of this group are concentrated on the taxonomy, phylogeny, biogeography, and comparative morphology of freshwater fish species, especially Cypriniformes and Siluriformes from China, nearby Asian countries and African countries along the routes of the Belt and Road Initiative. Taxonomic interest lies with resolving problems in description, delimitation, classification, and nomenclature. Systematic investigation attempts to assess phylogenetic relationships among species and higher groups and reevaluate the validity of species and genera in a phylogenetic context. These taxonomic and systematic works form the basis for biogeographical questions regarding the patterns of biotic and geological history involving the groups which are the subject of taxonomic studies and how these have evolved. Comparative morphological investigation unveils previously unrecognized taxonomic diversity, on which other biological researches are based. 

On-going projects: 

* Evaluation of the red list of threatened freshwater fish species from China 

* Survey of fish resources and diversity into X-Jiang basin; survey of fish diversity into Dabie Mountain area; and survey and evaluation of fish diversity in mid-lower Jinshan-Jiang     

* ntegrative taxonomy of Chinese species from catfish genera Tachysurus and Liobagrus, and certain gudgeon genera 

* Species diversity surveys of freshwater fish in Ethiopia and Sierra Leone; survey of cavefish from central Vietnam 

Recent Publications:  

1.     Zhu, D. E Zhang* & J.H. Lan. Rectoris longibarbus, a new styglophic labeonine species (Teleostei: Cyprinidae) from South China, with a note on the taxonomy of R. mutabilis (Lin, 1933). Zootaxa (in press) 

2.     Zhu, Y. E Zhang*, M. Zhang, Y.Q. Han, 2011. Cophecheilus bamen, a new genus and species of labeonine fishes (Teleostei: Cyprinidae) from South China. Zootaxa, 2881: 39-50. 

3.     Gu, J.H. & E Zhang. 2011. Homatula laxiclathra (Teleostei: Balitoridae), a new species of nemacheiline loach from the Yellow River drainage in Shaanxi Province, northern China. Environmental Biology of Fishes., online, DOI 10.1007/s10641-011-9965-1 

4.     Yuan L.Y. & E Zhang*, 2010. Type locality and identity of the cyprinid species Acrossocheilus kreyenbergii (Regan, 1908), a senior synonym of Acrossocheilus cinctus (Lin, 1931). Zootaxa,2684: 36–44. 

5.     Yuan L.Y. & E Zhang*, 2010. Morphological variations in the cyprinid species Acrossocheilus hemispinus (Teleostei: Cyprinidae: Barbinae), with comments on its taxonomic status. Zootaxa, 2684: 45–56. 

6.     Hu, Y.T. & E Zhang. 2010. Homatula pycnolepis, a new species of nemacheiline loach from the upper Mekong River drainage, South China (Teleostei: Balitoridae).Ichthyological exploitation of freshwaters, 21: 51-62. 

7.     Xin, Q., E Zhang & W.X. Cao, 2009. Onychostoma virgulatum, a new species of cyprinid fish (Pisces: Teleostei) from southern Anhui Province, South China. Ichthyological Exploration of Freshwaters, 20: 255-266. 

8.     Cheng, J.L., A. Lopez & E Zhang*. 2009. Pseudobagrus fui Miao, a valid bagrid species from the Yangtze River drainage, South China (Teleostei: Bagridae). Zootaxa, 2072: 56–68.  

9.     Gan, X., J.H. Lan & E Zhang*. 2009. Metzia longinasus, a new cyprinid species (Teleostei: Cypriniformes) from the Pearl River drainage in Guangxi Province, South China. Ichthyological Research, 56: 55–61. 

10.    Lopez, A., E Zhang & J.L. Cheng. 2008. Case 3455. Pseudobagrus Bleeker, 1858 (Osteichthyes, Siluriformes, Bagridae): proposed conservation. Bulletin of Zoological Nomenclature 65(3): 22-204. 

11.    Yuan, L.Y., Zhang, E* & Huang Y. F. 2008. Revision of the Labeonine Genus Sinocrossocheilus (Teleostei: Cyprinidae) from South China. Zootaxa, 1809: 36- 48 (SCI). 

12.    He, C.L., Z.B. Song & E Zhang*. 2008. Triplophysa lixianensis, a new nema- cheiline loach species (Pisces: Balitoridae) from the upper Yangtze River drainage in Sichuan Province, South China. Zootaxa. 1739: 41–52 (SCI). 

13.    Zhang, E*, Xin Qiang & Lan Jia-Hu. 2008. Description of a new genus and two new species of Labeonine fishes from South China (Teleostei: Cyprinidae). Zootaxa, 1682: 33-44 (SCI). 

14.    Cao, L & E Zhang*. 2008. Triplophysa waisihani, a new species of nemacheiline loach from Northwest China (Pisces: Balitoridae). Zootaxa, 1932: 33–46. (SCI) 

15.    Cheng, J.L., H. Ishihara & E Zhang*. 2008. Pseudobagrus brachyrhabdion, a new catfish (Teleostei:Bagridae) from the middle Yangtze River drainage, South China. Ichthyological Research. Ichthyological Research, 55:112–123 (SCI). 

16.    Zhang, E, 2006. Garra rotundonasa, a new species of cyprinid fish (Pisces: Teleo- stei) from the upper Irrawaddy River basin in China. Raffles Bulletin of Zoology, 54 (2): 447-453.  

17.    Zhang, E & M. Kottelat. 2006. Akrokolioplax, a new genus of Southeast Asian Labeonine fishes (Teleostei: Cyprinidae). Zootaxa, 1225: 21-30. 

18.    Zhang, E & Y.Y. Chen. 2006. Revised diagnosis of the genus Bangana Hamilton, 1822 (Pisces: Cyprinidae), with taxonomic and nomenclatural notes on its Chinese species. Zootaxa, 1281: 42-54. 

19.    Yuan, L.Y., Z.Q. Wu & E Zhang. 2006. Acrossocheilus spinifer,a new barred species of cyprinid fish from South China (Pisces: Teleostei). Journal of Fish Biology, 68: 163-173. 

20.    Zhang, E, S.O. Kullander, & Y.Y. Chen. 2006. Fixation of the type species of the genus Sinilabeo and description of S. hummeli, a new species from the upper Chang Jiang basin, China (Cypriniformes: Cyprinidae). Copeia,2006(1): 96-102.  

21.    Zhang, E, 2005. Acrossocheilus malacopterus, a new non-barred species of cyprinid fish from South China (Teleostei: Cypriniformes). Cybium: 29 (3): 252-260. 

22.    Zhang, E. 2005. Garra bispinosa, a new species of cyprinid fish (Teleostei: Cypriniformes) from Yunnan, South China. Raffles Bulletin of Zoology, 13: 9-15. 

23.   Zhang, E. 2005. Phylogenetic relationships of the labeonine cyprinids of the disc- bearing group (Pisces: Teleostei). Zoological studies, 44: 130- 143. 

24.    Zhang, E & Fang Fang, 2005. Linichthys, a new genus of Chinese cyprinid fishes (Teleostei: Cypriniformes). Copeia, 2005(1): 61-67.