Frank L Pezold

Frank L Pezold
Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi · Department of Life Sciences

PhD

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June 2006 - present
Position
  • Micronesian Fishes
January 2006 - present
Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi
Position
  • Dean and Professor of Biology
September 2002 - December 2005
University of Louisiana at Monroe
Position
  • Managing Director
Education
September 1979 - December 1984
University of Texas at Austin
Field of study
  • Zoology
September 1977 - December 1979
University of New Orleans
Field of study
  • Biological Sciences
August 1970 - May 1974
University of New Orleans
Field of study
  • English

Publications

Publications (107)
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The genus Ctenogobius Gill 1858 has had a confused history due to an inaccurate original description of the type species and lost type specimens. Many species were misassigned to the genus, especially from Asia. The genus was recently diagnosed by a unique combination of characters and restricted to the Atlantic and eastern Pacific regions. Fourtee...
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In 1991, the Texas A&M University System was one of the first six Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) awardees. In the three decades of programming, several high impact practices (HIP) have been emphasized. One of them, undergraduate research (UR), is discussed. All members of the Alliance are part of the Texas A&M University S...
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The Texas A&M University System was one of the first six Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) awardees. All current members of the Alliance are part of the Texas A&M University System. Many high impact practices (HIP) have been emphasized in the Alliance’s 30 years of programming with Diversity/Global Learning as a focus in the...
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A new species of killifish, Epiplatys cashneri, is described from tributaries of the Geebo and Dugbe rivers, in southern Liberia. It differs from all other Epiplatys species in its distinctive coloration. Males have an orange body with red spots and reddish orange median fins with dark red spots and dark red margins. Females are yellow with red spo...
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The Upper Guinean Forests of Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia contain high levels of freshwater biodiversity. The Guinean Range and associated Fouta Djallon highlands separate two biogeographical provinces in the region and served as a refugium during past climatic fluctuations. While many species of freshwater fishes are restricted to one biogeogr...
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Factors shaping coral-reef fish species assemblages can operate over a wide range of spatial scales (local versus regional) and across both proximate and evolutionary time. Niche theory and neutral theory provide frameworks for testing assumptions and generating insights about the importance of local versus regional processes. Niche theory postulat...
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The widespread species, Chiloglanis occidentalis, is recorded in flowing waters from Senegal to Ghana. Recent studies of this species within the Upper Guinean Forests revealed genetic divergence among the populations sampled, suggesting the presence of several unconfirmed candidate species. A detailed study of these populations revealed morphologic...
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Executive Summary The greater Caribbean biogeographic region covered in this report (representing 38 countries and territories) encompasses an outstanding marine bony shorefish richness of approximately 1,360 species, with many (53%) being endemic. While information on the conservation status of greater Caribbean seagrasses, mangrove, reef-building...
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A survey of the ichthyofauna of the Geebo-Dugbe watershed in Sinoe County, Liberia was undertaken in anticipation of future economic developments. The watershed lies between Sapo National Park and the Grand Kru-River Gee National Forest and is believed to serve as a wildlife corridor between the two preserves. Small first or second order streams pr...
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Here, multi-locus sequence data are coupled with observations of live colouration to recognize a new species, Eviota punyit from the Coral Triangle, Indian Ocean and Red Sea. Relaxed molecular clock divergence time estimation indicates a Pliocene origin for the new species, and the current distribution of the new species and its sister species Evio...
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Fishes of the genus Eleotris present highly conserved morphology, which may make their recognition difficult. Here, two cryptic Eleotris lineages from five locations along the coast of Brazil were identified using the COI gene and two nuclear fragments. High bootstrap and posteriori values supported those lineages, and the genetic distance of COI v...
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In 2015, Pezold and Larson published a revision of the gobiid genus Oxyurichthys, and made an error in their use of the name O. uronema (Weber) for one of the species. The reasons for this would make a fine example of one of Evenhuis' taxonomic impediments to nirvana (2007). Pezold and Larson first considered collaborating on this work in 1983, but...
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In this study, we use eight microsatellite loci and a mitochondrial locus to investigate the population structure of the amphidromous goby species Stiphodon rutilaureus in the New Georgia Group, Solomon Islands. In total, 206 specimens were collected between June 2010 and August of 2012 on three different trips. The AMOVA results from both types of...
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The widespread tropical gobionelline fish genus Oxyurichthys is monophyletic due to its species sharing two characters considered derived within the Stenogobius Group of the Gobionellinae (Gobioidei: Gobiidae), a transversely broadened (spatulate) third neural spine that is usually bifid, and no preopercular cephalic lateralis canal. It is most clo...
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The Blue Riffle Goby, Stiphodon caeruleus (Gobiidae: Sicydiinae), is an amphidromous species endemic to the volcanic islands of Kosrae and Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia, in the eastern Caroline Islands. This study evaluated the population genetic structure and demographic history of S. caeruleus using mitochondria! NADH subunits 4 (ND4) a...
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Amphidromy, characterized by freshwater adult and marine larval stages, has been shown to be an important influence on the genetic structure of aquatic populations. Sicydium salvini is a widespread goby species (Teleostei: Gobiidae: Sicydiinae) in the eastern Pacific with a continuous distribution from Mexico to Panama. Here, we use mitochondrial d...
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Gobies (Gobiidae sensu Gill & Mooi, 201212. Gill , A. and Mooi , R. 2012. Thalasseleotrididae, new family of marine gobioid fishes from New Zealand and temperate Australia, with a revised definition of its sister taxon, the Gobiidae (Teleostei: Acanthomorpha). Zootaxa, 3266: 41–52. View all references) are one of the most diverse families of vert...
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Lentipes Caroline n. sp., a freshwater goby, is described on the basis of 21 specimens (12 males, 9 females) collected from high gradient streams on the island of Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia. It differs from other species of the genus by a combination of characters including a urogenital papilla lacking lateral lobes and being not retra...
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Cryptobenthic fishes occur in high densities on coral reefs, though due to their small size and cryptic nature they are often overlooked when quantifying reef biodiversity. This study examines their distribution on shallow reefs in SE Sulawesi, Indonesia, and assesses changes in habitat utilization when subject to reef degradation. Cryptic fishes w...
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Cryptobenthic fishes have a significant influence on coral reef ecosystem dynamics; however, they have received considerably less attention than their larger, more conspicuous fish counterparts. In nearby seagrass zones, there is little or no information about cryptobenthic fishes, even for basic parameters such as density and distribution, althoug...
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Recent analyses of the tropical giant mottled eel Anguilla marmorata have suggested four to six populations within its Indo-Pacific distribution, including one represented by specimens from Guam, and that the population on Guam includes eels occurring in the eastern Caroline Islands based on morphological similarities. To test this hypothesis, sequ...