Dr. Nina G. Bogutskaya
Scientific Secretary & Senior Researcher
Dr. Alexander M. Naseka
Department of Ichthyology
Voice: +7(812)328 03 11
General Interests: Since many years our main interest has been in leuciscins, the basic group of Eurasian cyprinids, and gobionins, a wide and morphologically charming group of barbelled cyprinids of uncertain phylogenetic roots. First, we study morphology of leuciscins and gobionins, and close groups for comparisons with special emphasis to sensory canals and osteology, and use these data in phylogenetic reconstructions and taxonomy. This work has led to a new classification of the Leuciscinae sensu lato, and an original scheme of gobionin phylogenetic relationships. Second, we have been doing for many years taxonomic research of different species and groups of genera in Europe and Asia resulted in description of a number of new taxa, re-eveluation of status of many forms, and of limits of many genera, etc. Third, we have been interested, naturally, in relationships of higher taxa of the Cyprinidae and started some studies of acheilognathins, tincins, barbins and other groups for approaching the understanding of phylogeny of major groups of cyprinids in connection with history of their distribution in post-Oligocene time. Our small freshwater fish group has been collection data for combining morphology and molecular phylogeny in some clades of cyprinids, and results has been recently got on Barbus, Gobio, Romanogobio, Phoxinus, Phoxinellus s.l., Leuciscus s.l. and other groups in collaboration with colleagues from Germany and England. Besides this, databases have been done for some five years including nomenclature and taxanomic data, data on distribution, and bibliography of freshwater fish including cypriniformes of the former USSR. We love expeditions and re collection all over Russia and Ukraine though mostly in southern areas (where most cypriniformes live).
Taxa: Recent species; Families Cyprinidae, Cottidae, Balitoridae