Updated: July 5, 2000
Cichlasoma synspillum wrigglers.
Danny Kent of the Vancouver Public Aquarium (Vancouver, B.C.,
Canada) is an excellent illustrater of larval fish. Larval fish
often display characteristic patterns of pigment cells which appear
haphazard to most of us. To the trained eye, however, these blotches
are in exact spots and can be used to identify species at a very
early point in their life. Creating illustrations is one way to
record the number and location of these spots. This is a painstaking
job that requires both skill and patience. Recently Danny has
become interested in illustrating the early life history stages
of cichlids. Considering the number of species, their wide distribution
and importance it is surprising that there are a scant few illustrations
of larval fishes in the literature. It is Danny's hope to increase
that number dramatically. More to come...