Michael K. Oliver

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Michael K. Oliver ZooBank — U.S. ichthyologist & amateur coleopterist
username: MKOliver

Chaetodontoplus duboulayi — one of my fish photos
Neoclytus scutellaris — one of my beetle photos

My images uploaded to Wikimedia Commons

Taxon names authored

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  • Oliver, M.K. updated 2024. Checklist of the cichlid fishes of Lake Malawi (Lake Nyasa/Niassa). Version of 8-May-2024. Published online PDF
  • Oliver, M.K. 2018. Six new species of the cichlid genus Otopharynx from Lake Malaŵi (Teleostei: Cichlidae). Bulletin of the Peabody Museum of Natural History 59 (2): 159–197. DOI: 10.3374/014.059.0204 ZooBank: urn:lsid:zoobank.org:pub:66CFE44F-095D-4E30-A0D5-0A65032EFC61 Reference page
  • Oliver, M.K. updated 2018. Bibliography of Lake Malawi biology. Published online External Web page
  • Oliver, M.K. updated 2018. Checklist of the invertebrate animals of Lake Malawi. Published online External Web page
  • Oliver, M.K. 2016. A kink in the line: does a unique lateral-line peculiarity really characterize Lake Malawi’s huge haplochromine species flock (Teleostei: Cichlidae)? Bulletin of the Peabody Museum of Natural History 57(1): 3–20. DOI: 10.3374/014.057.0102 BioOne. PDF.
  • Oliver, M.K. 2012. Hemitaeniochromis brachyrhynchus, a new species of cichlid fish from Lake Malaŵi, with comments on some other supposed members of the genus (Teleostei: Cichlidae). Zootaxa 3410: 35–50. Preview PDF Reference page
  • Oliver, M.K. & Arnegard, M.E. 2010. A new genus for Melanochromis labrosus, a problematic Lake Malawi cichlid with hypertrophied lips (Teleostei: Cichlidae). Ichthyological exploration of freshwaters, 21 (3): 209–232. PDF PDF (alternative source) Reference page
  • Krinsky, W.L. & Oliver, M.K. 2004. Additional records of carabids from Connecticut (Coleoptera: Carabidae). Coleopterists Bulletin 58(3): 396–397. PDF.
  • Krinsky, W.L. & Oliver, M.K. 2001. Ground beetles of Connecticut (Coleoptera: Carabidae, excluding Cicindelini). An annotated checklist. Connecticut State Geological and Natural History Survey, Bulletin 117, iv+308 pp. Blurb
  • Oliver, M.K. 1996. Death-feigning observed in Hippopsis lemniscata (Fabricius) (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae). Coleopterists Bulletin, 50: 160–161. PDF.
  • Oliver, M.K. 1989. [Descriptions of Exochochromis anagenys, Otopharynx brooksi, Otopharynx lithobates, & Placidochromis milomo, in:] Eccles, D.H. & Trewavas, E. 1989: Malawian cichlid fishes. The classification of some Haplochromine genera. Lake Fish Movies, Herten, Germany, 335 pp.
  • Krinsky, W.L. & Oliver, M.K. 1988. Carabids previously unreported from Connecticut (Coleoptera: Carabidae). Coleopterists Bulletin 42(4): 387–396. PDF-
  • Rodman, J.E., Oliver, M.K., Nakamura, R.R., McClammer, J.U., & Bledsoe, A.H. 1984. A taxonomic analysis and revised classification of Centrospermae. Systematic Botany 9(3): 297–323. PDF.
  • Oliver, M.K. 1984. Systematics of African cichlid fishes: determination of the most primitive taxon, and studies on the haplochromines of Lake Malawi (Teleostei: Cichlidae). Unpublished Ph.D. dissertation, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, ix + 326 pp. Abstract.
  • Oliver, M.K. & McKaye, K.R. 1982. Floating islands: a means of fish dispersal in Lake Malawi, Africa. Copeia 1982 (4): 748–754. PDF.
  • McKaye, K.R. & Oliver, M.K. 1980. Geometry of a selfish school: defence of cichlid young by bagrid catfish in Lake Malawi, Africa. Animal Behaviour 28(4): 1287 & Plate 1. DOI: 10.1016/S0003-3472(80)80117-5 PDF.
  • Oliver, M.K. 1979. Heterochromis multidens: The most plesiomorphic African cichlid fish? American Zoologist 19: 892. PDF.
  • Oliver, M.K. 1975. Labidochromis textilis, a new cichlid fish (Teleostei: Cichlidae) from Lake Malawi. Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington 88: 319–330. PDF.
  • Oliver, M.K. 1975. Book review: The freshwater fishes of Rivers Mungo and Meme and Lakes Kotto, Mboandong and Soden, West Cameroon, by E. Trewavas. The Quarterly Review of Biology 50(3): 333. DOI: 10.1086/408647
  • Oliver, M.K. & Loiselle, P.V. 1972. A new genus and species of cichlid of the mbuna group (Pisces: Cichlidae) from Lake Malawi. Revue de Zoologie et de Botanique Africaines 86: 309–320. PDF.
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