*ANDERSON, C.L.; VAN TASSELL, J.L.; ROBERTSON, D.R.;

PIONTEK, S.; HOETJES, P.; SPARKS, J.S.; BROWN, B.; VAN BUURT, G.; KRAMER, A.

 

(CLA, JLVT) Biology Department, Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY, 11549, USA; (DRR) Smithsonian Tropical Research Institution, APO AA34002, Panama; (SP) Education and Research Manager, Curacao Sea Aquarium, Curacao, Netherlands Antilles; (PH) Department of Environment & Nature, Ministry of Public Health & Social Development, Curacao, Netherlands Antilles; (JSS,BB) Department of Ichthyology, American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West at 79th Street, New York, NY, 10024, USA; (AK) Curacao Sea Aquarium, Curacao, Netherlands Antilles; (GVB)Department of Agriculture, Animal Husbandry and Fisheries [retired], Kaya Oy Sprock 18, Curacao, Netherlands Antilles

 

Preliminary list of fishes from the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute Expedition to Curacao with comparison to previously formulated lists In 2005, the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute sponsored a collecting trip to Curacao and Klien Curacao, as part of a grant to Ross Robertson, to document the fishes of the greater Caribbean region. The Curacao Sea Aquarium provided support and accommodations for the research team. Collections were made at 29 stations between 2 January and 13 January 2005. Most of the collections were made using rotenone, which is the only effective method of collecting the cryptic fishes. A total of 6,114 specimens of 119 taxa were collected. Along with those documented by Metzelaar (1919), Fishbase, and several web-based museum collections, we present our findings from Curacao to document a preliminary list of fishes from that region.