Introduction to the Bibliography
of Lake Malawi Biology
his Bibliography should
include all literature containing original taxonomic descriptions of
both cichlid and noncichlid fish taxa found in Lake Malawi.
Perhaps I've missed some original taxonomic descriptions
published in aquarium magazines.
(Such publication is strongly discouraged by reputable taxonomists.)
The list also includes many recent papers on
the ecology, evolutionary genetics, behavior, and evolution of the
endemic cichlids Lake Malawi and its cichlids are truly central to
some of the most exciting research being done in all of evolutionary biology!
The bibliography has evolved into an attempt to include all areas of Lake Malawi
biology, though it will always have the systematics of the fishes as its focus.
Tips for Using the Bibliography:
Once you are on the Bibliography
page, it may be worthwhile to use your browser's "Find" function to
search repeatedly for an author's surname, a genus or species name, a word in
a journal title, or other word of interest.
The publications are, of course, arranged alphabetically by first
author, but the author you seek may not be the first of multiple authors.
Again, the "Find" function will help.
Try British as well as American English spellings (e.g., behavior/behaviour).
Authors whose surnames contain
diacritic marks (such as Günther) will not be found unless
the diacritic characters are typed; a workaround is to
look for part of the name excluding these characters, such as "nther".
If you are looking for only the most recent research, see the
listings by year, starting with 2001,
near the top of the page. Within this list, click
any listing to jump to the full bibliographic citation in the main list.
Links to hundreds of abstracts are available in the main list. These
include both abstracts elsewhere on the Web (notably at the U.S. National
Library of Medicine's PubMed service and at the large journal publishing houses),
and pop-up abstracts on this site.
The pop-ups summarize doctoral dissertations about Lake Malawi, as well as
publications without abstracts elsewhere on the Web. Each pop-up appears in
the same browser window; if a pop-up doesn't appear, check for other open
This site's Search utility
now indexes the entire bibliography. Therefore, the Search box
is well worth a try for locating entries of interest on the bibliography page.
Help me maintain this Bibliography as a complete,
current resource. Please let me know about errors, and publications I
have omitted (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org).
If you publish a new species or other taxon, or anything else
on Lake Malawi, I'd be grateful for a copy
or reprint, or at least a bibliographic citation!