Freshwater Fish Identification Course - Kruger National Park

Freshwater Fish Identification Course – Kruger National Park

Two of our lucky PhD students, Céline and Mahomed, had the great opportunity to participate in a 3 day Freshwater Fish ID course in the Kruger National Park : one day of theory and then 2 days of practical work catching fish in the Sabie and Sand rivers. The pratical work also included microscopic examinations of specimens collected in the Scientific Services Lab. Netting (seine and cast nets) and electrofishing were conducted in the Sabie and Sand rivers.

The Sabie River in KNP

The theme of this course was aimed at field collections  – essentially where to look, how to collect,  how to identify using a key, how to collect tissue and DNA samples and photography.  In addition, Paul Skelton (cfr “A complete Guide to the Freshwater Fishes of Southern Africa“) gave a lecture about new species and taxonomy changes for fish in southern Africa.

Below are some of the different species caught during the course

Mahomed releasing a yellowfish in the Sabie

Mahomed releasing a nice looking yellowfish (Labeobarbus marequensis) in the Sabie River

Here’s a video clip of their experience

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