PhD Defense Seminar cum Oral Examination
Gobies of Singapore, Peninsular Malaysia and Southern Thailand with the revision of Acentrogobius (Teleostei: Gobiidae: Gobiinae) and alled genera
Speaker: Zeehan Bte Jaafar (Department of Biological Sciences, NUS)
Date: 27 February 2009, Friday
Venue: Seminar Room 1, Blk S2 Level 4, 04-11
Supervisor: Prof Chou Loke Ming
The family Gobiidae is one of the most speciose fishes with approximately 2000 genera. They are diverse, common and abundant, especially in the Indo-Pacific. Members of this family are small, cryptic and have reduced morphology and osteology, impeding studies on their taxonomy and phylogeny. The presentation will highlight key issues on the checklist of gobies in Singapore, Peninsular Malaysia and southern Thailand, discuss the systematic revision of the Acentrogobius genera complex and the monophyly and adequacy of characters used in generic delimitation using molecular information.