Laboratory of Ichthyology

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Laboratory of ichthyology is the oldest ichthyologic institution in Russia. In the 20th century, the world fame of the laboratory was brought by works of such outstanding scientists as L.S. Berg, A.N. Svetovidov, G.U. Lindberg, and A.P. Andriyashev. The main direction of laboratory studies include taxonomic inventory of marine and freshwater fish of Russia, and estimation of species richness and taxonomic diversity of Arctic and Antarctic fish.

In last ten years, classification of several fish groups was clarified on the basis of regularities of morphological transformations (from cellular to organism levels). These groups include Liparidae, Cottidae, Muraenolepididae, Pleuronectidae, Zoarcidae, Congiopodidae, Bathydraconidae, Channichthyidae, and some others), their relations were revealed and hypotheses of formation and historical relocation were assumed. The results of these studies are published in a series of books and collective monographs and in more than hundred and half scientific papers.

Staff of the Laboratory

16 employees (13 researchers, 3 collection keepers).

Arcady V. Balushkin (Head of the Laboratory, Principal Researcher, Doctor of Biological Sciences)

Ekaterina N. Volkova (Junior Researcher)

Elena P. Voronina (Senior Researcher, Candidate of Biological Sciences)

Olga S. Voskoboinikova (Principal Researcher, Doctor of Biological Sciences)

Mikhail Yu. Zhukov (Junior Researcher)

Ramilya Sh. Karimova (Senior Collection Keeper)

Ekatherina A. Nikolaeva (Junior Researcher)

Maria V. Orlovskaya (Junior Researcher)

Valentina P. Prirodina (Researcher, Candidate of Biological Sciences)

Valentina G. Sideleva (Principal Researcher, Doctor of Biological Sciences)

Viktoria V. Spodareva (Junior Researcher)

Natalia V. Chernova (Senior Researcher, Candidate of Biological Sciences)

Boris A. Sheiko (Researcher)

Anastasia O. Yurtseva (Researcher, Candidate of Biological Sciences)

Topics of State Assignments

“Fundamental research on the systematics, phylogeny and biogeography of freshwater fish in Russia, fishes of the Arctic and Antarctic seas”.
PI: Head of Laboratory, Doctor of Biological Sciences A.V. Balushkin.
No. АААА-А19-119020790033-9.

“Study of the morphology, classification and biogeography of fishes in Russia and the Antarctic”.
PI: Head of Laboratory, Doctor of Biological Sciences A.V. Balushkin.
No. АААА-А17-117030310197-7.

Laboratory collections

Collection of fish comprises more than 56400 samples (more than 400000 specimens), some specimens originate from the Chamber of Curiosities (Kunstkammer) of Peter I. The collection comprises more than 8700 species, 900 collecting samples are type specimens. This collection is the largest in Russia and one of the largest in the world.

Main publications of the Laboratory

Balushkin A.V., Voskoboinikova O.S. 2011. Antarctic Dragonfishes (Bathydraconidae). St. Petersburg: Nauka. 219 p. [Russian]

Voskoboinikova O.S. 2010. Ontogenetic bases of the notothenioid evolution. St. Petersburg: Nauka. 320 p. [Russian]

Bogutskaya N.G., Naseka А.М. 2004. Catalog of agnathans and fishes of fresh and brackish waters of Russia with comments on nomenclature and taxonomy. Moscow: KMK Scientific Press Ltd. 389 p. [Russian]

Andriashev A.P. 2003. Liparid fishes (Liparidae, Scorpaeniformes) of the Southern Ocean and adjacent waters. St. Petersburg: Zoological Institute RAS. 475 p. (Explorations of the Fauna of the Seas 53(61)). [Russian]

Balushkin A.V. 2003. The sources of the St. Petersburg Ichthyological School. Letters of L.S. Berg to A.N. Svetovidov. St. Petersburg: Zoological Institute RAS. 96 p. (Proceedings of the Zoological Institute RAS 301). [Russian]

Barsukov V.V. 2003. Annotated and illustrated catalog of rockfishes of the World Ocean. St. Petersburg: Zoological Institute RAS. 295 p. (Proceedings of the Zoological Institute RAS 295). [Russian]

Fedorov V.V., Chereshnev I.A., Nazarkin M.V., Shestakov A.V., Volobuev V.V. 2003. Catalog of marine and freshwater fishes of the northern part of the sea of Okhotsk. Vladivostok: Dalnauka. 204 p. [Russian]

Sideleva V.G. 2003. Endemic fishes of Lake Baikal. Leiden, Netherlands: Backhuys Publishers, 247 p.

Grants of the Laboratory

RFBR No. 16-04-00456_а. “Systematics of the lumpfishes (Cyclopteridae)” (PI O.S. Voskoboinikova).

RFBR No. 15-04-02081_а. “Fishes of the Arctic and Antarctic (species richness, systematics, zoogeography)” (PI A.V. Balushkin).