Hot hot heat

Fish and chips? Lots of Padogobius bonelli, P. nigricans and a single Leuciscus lucumonis

Now that summer’s finally here to its fullest, there’s hardly time nor energy for regular updates. Still, I wanted to give a short sign of life telling you that I’m currently working on my master’s thesis on the goby genus Padogobius at the Bavarian State Collection of Zoology, totally enjoying working in a team of congenial fishheads. Tomorrow I’m leaving for another short sampling trip to some north-Italian lakes, which I’m really looking forward to. As soon as I find the time, I’ll put up some photos. Promised.

Strada del sole

I just wanted to let you know that I’m officially off to Italy now for roughly a week, doing some goby sampling in the Tiber river drainage around the city of Perugia. Honest excuses for any yet unanswered email, I’ll get back to you once I’ve returned to Vienna!

Goby madness

Did I tell you that I just started working on my diploma thesis on a genus of European freshwater gobies? Looks like a whole lot of work, but I’m all excited and curious about it. Hooray for gobies!

Here’s a fragment of the bunch that’s living with me for a while now:

These don't have to be fed anymore

Knipowitschia love

It’s that time of the year again. My new generation of Knipowitschia cf. thessala (offspring from fish I caught in the Pinios delta, northern Greece in 2008) just spawned for their first time. You have to know that Knipowitschia is a genus of small European freshwater gobies (closely related to the more common Pomatoschistus) whose members hardly live longer than a year; females usually lay 3 or 4 batches of eggs in spring and then die, males following after having guarded their last brood or sometimes surviving until next year’s spring. So this indeed is a special happening. Enjoy the photos!

The male chose an artificial cave (okay, it's a piece of Gardena garden hose) as a spawning place...
...defends its new territory against competitors and tries to attract the ladies by showing its brightest colours and spreading the fins.
Gotcha. Obviously, his efforts succeeded. If you look closely, you can already spot the eggs hanging from the ceiling.
Another blurry shot of a male in its breeding dress.

A sign of life

How time flies. I just realised it’s been quite a while since the last page update, so I wanted to at least take the chance to wish anyone popping in a lovely christmas time and whatever.

I’m staying with my family in Dortmund over the holidays, and while we’ve had quite some snow a few days ago with temperatures falling way below -10°C, it’s all melting away like last summer’s ice cream just in time for christmas eve. Oh, well.

Anyway, best wishes to all of you – see you next year!

Progress…

In lack of anything really interesting to talk about, I’d like to inform you that the goby-section has grown a little over the past few days. And there’s more to come.

By the way, I’d always be pleased to get some feedback, may it be on general site-related aspects (does your browser display it correctly? do you hate the colours?) or any contentual matter.

A day out

A few weeks ago, I visited the Perchtoldsdorfer Heide, a nature reserve (Natura 2000 protected area) in the foothills of the Vienna woods. I mainly wanted to spot Saga pedo, a wingless tettigoniid ‘bush cricket’ and actually the largest Ensiferan in Europe – not Europe’s largest insect though, which probably is the Large Emperor Moth, Saturnia pyri (up to 17cm wingspan!), also occuring in the area.

To cut it short: I didn’t find it. But there are some amazing photos of it on the web, like here. Still, I got a few nice shots of the landscape and some insects that I wanted to share.

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For sure I’ll be back next year…

Everything is under control

No, honestly. I’m working on it…

…but for those of you who might have gotten here by accident: This is a work in progress, not really much is finished right now and some things just don’t work as they should yet. I’ll let you know when everythings ready for prime time right here.