7-11 SETEMBER 2015
Porto, Portugal


The XV European Congress of Ichthyology (ECIXV) will be organized by the Interdisciplinary Centre of Marine and Environmental Research (CIIMAR) and will take place in Porto, Portugal, from 7th to 11st September 2015

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The congress will focus on fish as a subject of research in several biological sciences, giving particular emphasis to the historically areas covered by ECI events.



  • Phylogeny, Systematic and Genetics
  • Ecology, Conservation and Invasive Species
  • Life Cycles, Migration and Connectivity
  • Physiology, Behavior and Toxicology


  • Otoliths as a powerful tool to study fishes

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Final Program Available

Monday 07
Tuesday 08
Wednesday 09
Thursday 10
Friday 11


More than archetypal coral-reef fishes: Revision and relationships of the Acanthuroidei based on adult and larval morphology.
Jeffrey Leis

Phylogeny, Systematics and Genetics

Chair: Ivana Buj 11:30 - Rediscovery of Knipowitschia goerneri (Actinopterygii: Gobiidae) and its phylogenetic relationships with other European northern Mediterranean Knipowitschia species (from by J Vukić). 11:45 - Genetic Background and Population Genetics of Hungarian Brown Trout Populations Using PCR-RFLP and Microsatellite Markers (from Ősz et al.). 12:00 - What mitogenomics brings for Antarctic fish systematics and evolution (from Dettai et al.). 12:15 - The diversity of chromosome structure of males in Cobitis (Teleostei, Cobitidae) populations (from Boron et al.). 12:30 - Species Identification through Preference-enriched Faceted Search: Increasing the number of identification tools in FishBase (from Bailly et al.). 12:45 - A morphological study on the African genus Micralestes (Characidae) (from Bianco).

Ecology, Conservation and Invasive Species

Chair: Jorge Gonçalves

11:30 - Accounting for detectability in fish distribution models: an approach based on time-to-first-detection (from Ferreira et al.).
11:45 - Marine Stewardship Council certification of fisheries in Russia: a current status and prospects (from Lajus et al.).
12:00 - Changes in the fish community structure after the implementation of Marine Protected Areas in the south western coast of Portugal (from Pereira et al.).
12:15 - Isotopic niches of deep-sea fishes from Rockall Trough (NE Atlantic) (from Vieira et al.)
12:30 - In situ Observations from ROVs Provide Rare Insights on Distributions, Habitats and Behavior of Flatfishes (Teleostei: Pleuronectiformes) in Submarine Canyons on the Upper Continental Slope off the Eastern United States (from Munroe et al.)
12:45 - Northeast arctic cod stock and fishery dynamics (from Bulatov O).


Chair: Agostinho Antunes

14:30 - Phylogeography of Labrus bergylta (Pisces: Labridae) in the north-eastern Atlantic (from Almada et al.).
14:45 - Neglected taxa, morphology and molecules: recent advances in systematics of gobioid fishes (Teleostei, Gobioidei) (from Rüber & Schliewen).
15:00 - Dynamics of Rex3 in the genomes of endangered Iberian Leuciscinae (Teleostei, Cyprinidae) and their natural hybrids (from Pereira et al.).
15:15 - Genetic diversity of contemporary populations of Salmo trutta L. in the basin of the River Neretva, Bosnia and Herzegovina (from Kalamujić et al.).
15:30 - RAPD-PCR – still a suitable Method for Genetically Underexplored Species? (from Behrmann et al.).
15:45 - Phylogeny of European Bullhead (Cottus sp.) in Western Balkans (from Bravničar et al.).

Ecology, Conservation and Invasive Species

Chair: Joerg Bohlen

14:30 - Feeding activity and diet composition of round goby (Neogobius melanostomus, Pallas 1814) in the coastal waters of SE Baltic Sea (from Skabeikis & Lesutienė).
14:45 - Spatial and temporal (1963-2012) variability of ichthyofauna in the large lowland Warta River, Poland (from Kruk et al.).
15:00 - Spatial and temporal variation in fish community of the Ria de Aveiro estuarine lagoon (Portugal) (from García-Seoane et al.).
15:15 - Individual variation in habitat use in two stream fish assemblages (from Manna et al.).
15:30 - Diversity of fish trophic guilds in estuaries: implications on ecological interpretations of community structure and functioning (from Pasquaud et al.).
15:45 - Seasonal variability of morphospaces in a subtropical fish assemblage (from Siliprandi et al.).

Welcome Cocktail

On Monday, September 7th, a welcome cocktail will be offered to all registrants from 07.00 pm till 09.00 pm in the congress venue (Hotel Ipanema). All participants will enjoy some...
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Historical freshwater fish ecology: a long-term view of distribution changes and biological invasions
Miguel Clavero Pineda


Chair: Ronaldo Sousa

10:00 - News from the western European invasion front (from Ribeiro F).
10:15 - The reasons for successful spreading of the fishes from the genus Carassius (from Kalous et al.).
10:30 - Expansion of round goby Neogobius melanostomus in European rivers: utilisation of an ‘empty niche’? (from Janáč et al.).
10:45 - Conservation status of a re-introduced bullhead population in Flanders, Belgium: ecological, demographic and genetic assessments (from Vught et al.).


Chair: Lukas Rüber

10:00 - Fries’ goby, a European Oddity (from Miller).
10:15 - Detailed genetic structure of European bitterling populations in Central Europe (from Bartáková et al.).
10:30 - The variability of MHC genes and parasite selection in hybrids of common bream (Abramis brama) and roach (Rutilus rutilus) (from Stierandová et al.).
10:45 - Comparative population genetic analysis of brackish- and freshwater populations of Eurasian perch (Perca fluviatilis L.): implication for fish forensics (from Pukk et al.).


Chair: George Minos

11:30 - Different histories, different destinies impact of evolutionary history and population genetic structure on extinction risk of the Adriatic spined loaches (genus Cobitis; Cypriniformes, Actinopterygii) (from Buj et al.).
11:45 - Environmental effects of fish introductions in small, high-latitude lakes (from Milardi et al.).
12:00 - Does invader like invader? Feeding preferences of an alien Ponto-Caspian goby towards indigenous and non-indigenous amphipod prey (from Błońska et al.).
12:15 - Ecological impacts of filter-feeding Asian carps (Hypophthalmichthys spp.) in Lake Balaton, Hungary (from Boros et al.).


Chair: Joana Robalo

11:30 - To see or not to see – that is the question. Population genetic analyses in cave-dwelling populations of Garra barreimiae (from Kirchner et al.).
11:45 - Babylonian confusion of gudgeons in the west Aegean drainages inferred by the mitochondrial DNA analyses (from Šanda et al.).
12:00 - A new fossil cichlid from the Middle Miocene in the East African Rift Valley (Tugen Hills, Central Kenya): First record of a putative Ectodini (from Altner & Reichenbacher).
12:15 - New record of a fossil haplotilapiine cichlid from Central Kenya (from Penk & Reichenbacher).


Patterns and processes in the phylogeography of western Europe marine fishes
Joana Robalo


Chair: Carlos Antunes

15:00 - Predicting establishment of non-native fishes in Greece: identifying key features (Gkenas et al.).
15:15 - Eel population dynamic and habitat relationships in the European southern tip (from De Miguel et al.).
15:30 - The role of gill rakers in the adaptation and habitat partitioning of Nicaraguan crater lake cichlid fishes (from Barluenga et al.).
15:45 - Monitoring anadromous fish populations in a context of habitat fragmentation and commercial exploitation (from Cardoso et al.).

Phylogeny, Systematics and Genetic

Chair: Elsa Froufe

15:00 - Comparative genetic and phenotypic analysis of grayling (Thymallus sp) from Central Asia (Kazachstan, Russia, Mongolia) and their systematic placement in the genus (from Weiss & Knizhin)
15:15 - Morphological studies on Atlantic cod Gadus morhua L. in the area of mixing of two stocks in the Baltic Sea (from Więcaszek et al.).
15:30 - An exceptional homogeneous populations uncover the world’s most widespread sardine, Sardinella aurita Valenciennes, 1847 (from Stern et al.).
15:45 - Natural Selection and Genetic Drift: Neutral and adaptive genetic variability of hatchery versus wild populations in brown trout Salmo trutta (from Schenekar & Weiss).


Chair: Marino Vacchi

16:30 - Fish Biodiversity Patterns in Reef Communities of the Southeastern Coast of Brazil (from Riedel R).
16:45 - Impact of the trophic strategy on the eco-functional diversification of a coral reef fish family (from Gajdzik et al.).
17:00 - Ecological traps in the marine environment: implications for the design of artificial reefs (from Komyakova et al.).
17:15 - Evaluating potential man-induced changes on fish communities at estuarine and surf-zone areas: a long term case study in southern Brazil (from Vieira et al.).

Phylogeny, Systematics and Genetic

Chair: Steven Weiss

16:30 - DNA Barcoding and Genetic Structure Analysis of Deep-Sea Notacanthiform Fishes (from García et al.).
16:45 - Two new species of mirrorbellies from the West Pacific and resurrection of the genus Monacoa (Opisthoproctidae, Argentiniformes) (from Poulsen et al.).
17:00 - West Pike’s Story: a dated phylogeography of Esox spp. (Actinopterygii, Esocidae) (from Denys et al.).
17:15 - More records on the tripletail, Lobotes surinamensis (Bloch, 1790) from the Aegean Sea (from Minos & Economidis).

Cruise of the Six Bridges in Oporto

On Tueday, September 8th, participants can enjoy a six bridges cruise in the Douro River. The harbor seen from the Douro River has a greater charm. Ideal for an inspiring and relaxing ride, the six bridges cruise is a unforgettable experience for anyone visiting the city of Porto. This social event has a limited number of places and should be pre-book. The price also includes the bus transport from and to the congress venue. Fee: 10 €.


Early life history and habitat ecology of estuarine fishes
Kenneth Able

Ecology, Conservation and Invasive Species

Chair: Christer Brönmark

10:00 - Application of European Fish Index for assessment of ecological status of waterways in the river Sava in Bosnia and Herzegovina (From Djug et al.).
10:15 - Native and alien ichthyofauna in coastal fishery of Rhodes (eastern Mediterranean) (2002-2010) (from Corsini-Foka & Kondylatos).
10:30 - The effect of the Messinian Salinity Crisis on the distribution of small pelagic fish in the Mediterranean Sea (from Agiadi).
10:45 - The current status of the Adriatic sea fish biodiversity (from Dulčić & Lipej).

Life Cycles, Migration and Connectivity

Chair: Rita Vasconcelo

10:00 - Variability in connectivity patterns of fish with ontogenetic migrations: modelling effects of abiotic and biotic factors (from Tanner et al.).
10:15 - Coupling natural tags to assess connectivity patterns and population structure of fish species with ontogenetic migrations (from Reis-Santos et al.).
10:30 - Movement patterns of Mediterranean moray and European conger in a coastal MPA (from Silva et al.).
10:45 - Upstream migration, reproduction and fishery of sea lamprey (Petromyzon marinus Linnaeus, 1758) in the River Ulla (NW Spain) (from Silva et al.).

Ecology, Conservation and Invasive Species

Chair: Miguel Clavero

11:30 - Biodiversity and Conservation Status of Fishes of Ceyhan River Basin in Osmaniye, Turkey (from Dağlı).
11:45 - Marine fish diversity and habitat use along the western coast of the Black Sea (from Gavril).
12:00 - Meagre escapees: consequences of a local-absent farmed species in the W-Mediterranean (from Arechavala-Lopez & Sanchez-Jerez).
12:15 - Use of inundated lakeshore vegetation by Cichlids for reproduction in Lake Kinneret (Israel) (from Cummings et al.).

Life Cycles, Migration and Connectivity

Chair: João Coimbra

11:30 - Costs and benefits of seasonal migration in cyprinid fish (from Brönmark et al.).
11:45 - Roach partial migration – predation, personality and propensity (from Nilsson et al.).
12:00 - Shape up or ship out: migratory behaviour predicts morphology across spatial scale in a freshwater fish (from Chapman et al.).
12:15 - Roach partial migration-causes and consequences of individual variation in migratory timing (from Hulthén et al.).


Fish from the Southern Ocean: biodiversity, ecology and conservation initiatives
Marino Vacchi

Ecology, Conservation and Invasive Species

Chair: Kenneth Able

15:00 - Sex biased fishing mortality and movement patterns of the dimorphic corkwing wrasse (Symphodus melops) (from Halvorsen et al.).
15:15 - Status of the lionfish invasion to the Colombian Caribbean (from Acero et al.).
15:30 - Impact of an oceanic port (Sines, Portugal) on the fish community (from Mamede et al.).
15:45 - Global patterns of functional diversity of fish assemblages in estuaries (from Vasconcelos et al.).


Chair: Filipe Ribeiro

15:00 - Effects of flow regulation in the life-cycles of a Mediterranean cyprinid species, the Iberian chub (Squalius carolitertii Doadrio, 1988) (from Alexandre et al.).
15:15 - Trophic interactions of Platichthys flesus and Solea solea juveniles in the Lima estuary nursery (NW Portugal) (from Mendes et al.).
15:30 - A decadal trend of juvenile European sea bass (Dicentrarchus labrax, to climate patterns in the Mondego estuary, Portugal) (from Bento et al.).
15:45 - Attractiveness and efficencey of a downstream migration bypass for Atlantic Salmon (Salmo Salar) smolts in a Belgian medium size river (from Ovidio et al.).

Ecology, Conservation and Invasive Species

Chair: Peter Miller

16:30 - The ecology of an adaptive radiation of three-spine sticklebacks from North Uist, Scotland (from Magalhães et al.).
16:45 - Genomics and fish adaptation (from Antunes).
17:00 - Fish and mussels: importance of fish for freshwater mussel conservation (from Sousa et al.).
17:15 - Indigenous fish species in the modern ichthyofauna of the Balkhash basin (from Mamilov et al.).


Chair: Neil Metcalfe

16:30 - Pattern of movement of introduced pumpkinseed Lepomis gibbosus in artificial, post-excavation lake (from Zięba et al.).
16:45 - Evaluating a vertical slot fishway in the recolonization of upstream stretch of River Mondego that was not available to sea lamprey (from Pereira et al.).
17:00 - Preliminary results on the biology of the European eel (Anguilla anguilla) in the European Southern tip (from Moreno-Valcárcel et al.).
17:15 - In situ orientation of fish larvae can vary among regions (from Leis et al.).


How does a fish's metabolic rate influence its performance in a changing environment?
Neil Metcalfe


Chair: Bruno Nunes

10:00 - Salinity tolerance in estuarine migrating sea lamprey Petromyzon marinus (from Ferreira-Martins et al.).
10:15 - Krogh’s principle or a multiple fish model approach to phosphate balance: is there a centrally regulated intestinal-skeletal-renal axis? (from Guerreiro et al.).
10:30 - Seahorses under a changing ocean: the impact of warming and acidification on the behaviour and physiology of a poor-swimming bony-armoured fish (from Faleiro et al.).
10:45 - Obesogens - molecular signaling pathways in fish (from Santos et al.).​

Otoliths as a Tool to Study Fish Life Cycles

Chair: Steven Campana

10:00 - Fish Otoliths as indicators: results of the V International Otolith Symposium (IOS2014) (from Geffen & Morales-Nin).
10:15 - Does improved hearing result in altered inner ear morphology? (from Schulz-Mirbach et al.).
10:30 - A quick and easy way to measure the δ13C of essential amino acids in otoliths (from Vane et al.).
10:45 - First identification of a possible nursery area for diadromous Coilia nasus in the Poyang Lake nearly 1,000 km away from the Yangtze River Estuary (from Yang et al.).


Chiar: Miguel Santos

11:30 - Effects of trichotecene mycotoxins on gene expression and activity of glutathione redox system in common carp (Cyprinus carpio L.) (from Pelyhe et al.).
11:45 - Turbidity thrives the efficacy of the eastern mosquitofish and the Spanish toothcarp as mosquito control agents (from Vargas et al.).
12:00 - Delayed consequences of extremely low frequency magnetic fields and the influence of adverse environmental conditions on roach Rutilus rutilus L. embryos (from Krylov et al.).
12:15 - The use of pelagic fish as proxies of environmental contamination: a case study with sardine (from Nunes et al.).

Otoliths as a Tool to Study Fish Life Cycles

Chair: Roger Rulifson

11:30 - Impact of Environmental Factors on Recruitment and Hatching patterns of Horse Mackerel (L.) collected in a nearshore rocky reef system (from Klein et al.).
11:45 - New insights into early history traits of Lypophrys pholis inferred from otolith microstructural studies (from Carvalho et al.).
12:00 - Early life stages of plaice Pleuronectes platessa in cold-water nurseries (from Martinho et al.).
12:15 - Determination of interannual variability in early life history of Pleuronectes platessa (L.) using otolith microstructure (from Sousa et al.).


Studying fish social behaviour and cognition: implications for fish welfare and conservation.
Rui Oliveira

Physiology, Behavior and Toxicology

Chair: Rui Oliveira

15:00 - Variation in the Mating Systems of Wrasses (Labridae) at a Spawning Aggregation Site on Guam, Mariana Islands (from Donaldson).
15:15 - European seabass change behaviour in response to sound exposures of difference temporal patterns in a large outdoor pen (from Neo et al.).
15:30 - Fish as aquatic “sniffer dogs”: Olfactory-mediated behaviors and conditioning of common carps to cadaver odors (from Jamandre et al.).
15:45 - Androgens and androgen receptor in different ploidy Cobitis loaches (from Leska et al.).

Otoliths as a Tool to Study Fish Life Cycles

Chair: Beatriz Morales-Nin

15:00 - Identifying nursery areas for a fish species of important commercial value in Chilean Patagonia, the Southern hake Merluccius australis (from Darnaude et al.).
15:15 - Otolith shape analysis of the austral sardine (Sprattus fuegensis) in the Patagonian inner sea of Chile (from Curin-Osorio & Cubillos).
15:30 - Provenancing fish in freshwaters of the Alpine Foreland using Sr/Ca and 87Sr/86Sr ratios in otoliths and otolith shape parameters (from Oehm et al.).
15:45 - Stock discrimination of the blue jack mackerel (Trachurus picturatus) in the NE Atlantic using otolith stable isotope ratios (from Moreira et al.).


Natural tags and markers for tracking and identifying fish.
Steven Campana

Phylogeny, Systematics and Genetic

Chair: Maurice Kotellat

11:00 - Diet-induced phenotypic plasticity in head morphology in European eel elvers (Anguilla anguilla): the effects of hard vs soft food (from Meyer et al.).
11:15 - Cryptic Ponto-Caspian Bighead Gobies (genus Ponticola, Gobiidae, Perciformes) (from Vasilyeva et al.).
11:30 - Thyroid hormone divergence as primary factor of speciation: evidences from phenotype and RNA-seq (from Levin et al.).
11:45 - Speciation through asexuality in fish: postzygotic reproductive isolation may be completed in spite of fertility of hybrids (from Janko et al.).
12:00 - The role of the nervous system in fish evolution (from Hofmann).
12:15 - Molecular phylogeny of the species in the genus Ilyodon (Goodeidae) (from Beltran et al.).

Life Cycles, Migration and Connectivity

Chair: Jeffrey Leis

11:00 - There’s no smell like home: how sensory ontogeny plays a role in the early life history of estuarine-dependent fishes (from O’Connor et al.).
11:15 - Reproductive characteristics of Trachinus draco Linnaeus, 1758 in the Gulf of Tunis (from Hamed et al.).
11:30 - Growth and seasonal behavior of Anguilla anguilla in the River Minho tidal freshwater wetlands (from Correia et al.).
11:45 - The gonad development and the number of gillrakers in separating two sympatric whitefish forms (Coregonus lavaretus) in the Gulf of Bothnia and the Archipelago Sea, the Baltic Sea (from Himberg et al.).
12:00 - Using fish larvae as indicators of estuarine ecosystem condition in Rio de Janeiro State, Brazil (from Santos et al.).
12:15 - Geographic, genetic and life-history variability in a sex-changing fish (from Benvenuto & Mariani).

Phylogeny, Systematics and Genetic

Chair: Frederico Almada 14:00 - Ploidy differences represent impassable barriers for hybridisation. Is there an exception among botiid loaches (Teleostei: Botiidae)? (from Bohlen et al.). 14:15 - Inferring phylogenetic structure and ancient hybridization within Salmonidae using nextgeneration sequencing (from Lecaudey et al.). 14:30 - Complementing morphological classification of Anguilliform leptocephali with DNA barcoding (from Riccioni et al). 14:45 - Phylogeny and high diversity of the Old World cyprinodontid genus Aphanius (Teleostei, Cyprinodontidae) from the Iranian Plateau (from Gohlami et al.). 15:00 - Sound production in the Ponto-Caspian goby Neogobius fluviatilis and acoustic affinities within the Gobius-lineage: implications for phylogeny (from Malavasi et al.). 15:15 - The freshwater fish fauna history between Rhine and Ebro: general considerations and comments from on-going developments in fish taxonomy (from Persat et al.). 15:30 - Phylogeny of Gadidae based on fossil and recent otoliths with special emphasis on the evolution of Micromesistius and Gadiculus (from Gaemaers et al.).

Otoliths as a Tool to Study Fish Life Cycles

Chair: Alberto Correia

14:00 - Chemistry and shape of anadromous alosine otoliths show extent of spawning population Intermixing in a shallow wind-dominated estuary (from Rulifson et al.).
14:15 - Otolith Morphometrics Distinguish Difficult Species of Rockfishes in the Gulf of Alaska (from Harris et al.).
14:30 - Otoliths of sympatric species – a case study on the annual killifish Nothobranchius from the East African savannah (from Reichenbacher & Reichard).
14:45 - Otoliths as an integral part in fossil fish taxonomy (from Gierl & Reichenbacher).
15:00 - Latitudinal variation of migratory life histories of riverine Galaxias maculatus in Chile (36°- 47°S) (from Gorski et al.).
15:15 - Chemical profiles in otoliths from 3 fish species along the Moroccan coast: accumulation and migration patterns (from Labone et al.).
15:30 - Seaward migratory patterns of the anadromous Allis shad Alosa alosa (L.) of an Iberian river as revealed by otolith Sr:Ca ratios (from Mota et al.).


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