With some 480 currently known fresh- and brackish-water fish species, Suriname has a rich inland fish fauna that is related to the most diverse freshwater fish fauna on planet Earth, i.e. that of the Amazon River. Interest in the freshwater fishes of Suriname by naturalists and scientists extends back over more than two centuries. Suriname is undoubtedly the site of origin of the oldest extant preserved specimens of South American fishes and 19 Surinamese fish species were described and figured by Linnaeus. Building on ichthyological studies initiated in the 1960s by the Brokopondo Project, The Freshwater Fishes of Suriname provides an introduction to the freshwater fish fauna of Suriname, including identification keys, photographs of the species and descriptions of their habitats, that should be especially useful to decision makers, conservation biologists, aquarium hobbyists and eco-tourists.
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Jan H.A. Mol, Ph.D. (1995) in Agriculture and Environmental Sciences, Wageningen University, the Netherlands, is Professor of Aquatic ecology at Anton de Kom University of Suriname. He has published extensively on the ecology of freshwater fishes of Suriname, especially on armored catfishes.