Maurice Kottelat (born 16 July 1957[1] in Delémont, Switzerland[2]) is a Swiss ichthyologist specializing in Eurasian freshwater fishes.

Kottelat obtained a License in Sciences at the University of Neuchâtel in 1987[3] and in 1989 a doctoral degree from the University of Amsterdam. In 1980 he went to Thailand where he began his field research on Southeast Asian and Indonesian fresh water fishes.[3] In 1997 he wrote an important revision on the genus Coregonus, which includes the fish species from Lake Geneva, Lake Constance and other lakes in Switzerland.[4] Together with Dr. Tan Heok Hui he worked in Sumatra, where they discovered Paedocypris progenetica, which is considered the smallest fish in the world.[5] In 2007 he published a Handbook of European Freshwater Fishes together with Jörg Freyhof. Kottelat has described more than 440 fish species new to science.[6]

In 2006 he was awarded a Doctor Honoris Causa degree at the University of Neuchâtel.[7] Kottelat is the former (1997-2007) and present (2012-present) president of the European Ichthyological Society.[2] He is a commissioner of the International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature. For most of his career, he has held no academic position but worked as a "freelance taxonomist".[2]

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See also


  1. ^ Kraig Adler: Contributions to Herpetology, Volume 3, 2012
  2. ^ a b c Commissioners: Dr Maurice Kottelat International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature (accessed 2014)
  3. ^ a b (outdated link:) Maurice Kottelat: des centaines d’espèces de poissons dans ses filets. Universite de Neuchatel. No. 33 Juillet 2006[permanent dead link] (in French)
  4. ^ Maurice Kottelat: "European Freshwater fishes. An heuristic checklist of the freshwater fishes of Europe (exclusive of former USSR), with an introduction for non-systematists and comments on nomenclature and conservation". Biologia (Bratislava) Sect. Zool., 52 (Supplement):271 pp
  5. ^ Maurice Kottelat, Ralf Britz, Heok Hui Tan, Kai-Erik Witte, 2005. "Paedocypris, a new genus of Southeast Asian cyprinid fish with a remarkable sexual dimorphism, comprises the world's smallest vertebrate." Proceedings of the Royal Society B 10.1098/rspb.2005.3419.
  6. ^ Raffles Museum news - "2400 years of Ichthyology, but an inventory still far from complete."
  7. ^ Dies academicus 4 novembre 2006 Uni Neuchatel (in French)
  8. ^ a b c d e Zoobank
  9. ^ a b Library Catalog Smithsonian Institution Libraries