This Day in History: 1957-07-16

Maurice Kottelat (1957 – ) was born on this day.
He is a Swiss ichthyologist specialising in Eurasian freshwater fishes, primarily interested in loaches (Balitoridae, Nemacheilidae, etc.), Cyprinidae, and Sisoridae. Honorary Research Associate at the Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research, Singapore (1994). Founding editor of the journal Ichthyological Exploration of Freshwaters (1989), president of the European Ichthyological Society (1997 – 2007). Author of 280 scientific publications, including Freshwater fishes of Western Indonesia and Sulawesi (1997), Fishes of Laos (2001), Freshwater fishes of Northern Vietnam (2001), Handbook of European freshwater fishes (2007), and The fishes of inland waters of Southeast Asia: a catalogue and core bibliography of the fishes known to occur in freshwaters, mangroves and estuaries (2013). Discoverer, along with Tan Heok Hui, of Paedocypris progenetica, considered to be the smallest fish in the world.

Kottelat has described numerous taxa and is honoured in the names of two genera of fishes and in the names of a number of species under kottelati.