Professor Emeritus, Lev Fishelson
Ph.D.: Jerusalem-Hebrew University, University of Tuebingen, Germany, 1966

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  1959    M.Sc. Tel Aviv University
  1966    Ph.D. Jerusalem-Hebrew University, University of Tuebingen, Germany

  Title of Master's Thesis: "Acridoidea of Israel, taxonomy and biogeography"
  Name of supervisor: Prof. H. Bytinski

  Title of Doctoral dissertation: "Comparative embryology and development of fishes of the genus Tilapia (Cichlidae)"
  Names of supervisors: Profs. H. Steinitz and H.M. Peters


Academic and professional experience

Period (dates)
Name of Institution (city and country)
Rank / Function
1950 - 1953 Biology College, Tel-Aviv Zoology Assistant
1953 - 1963 University College, Tel –Aviv Zoology Senior Asistant
1963 University of Tubingen, Germany Zoology Visiting Scientist
1967 - 1971 Tel Aviv University Zoology Senior Lecturer
1970 Woods Hole Mar. Biol. Lab., USA Ecology Lecturer
1971 Tel Aviv University Zoology Associate Professor
1975 - present Tel Aviv University zoology Full Professor
1980 Miami University, USA Ichthyology Visiting scientist
1982 San Diego State University Biology Visiting Professor
1982 Rand Afrikaans University, Johannesburg, South Africa Zoology Visiting Professor
1984 Rand Afrikaans University, Johannesburg, South Africa Zoology Visiting Professor
1987 University of Hawaii, USA Marine Biology Visiting Professor
1988 University of Tubingen, Germany Zoology Visiting Professor
1991 Steinhard Museum, San Francisco, USA Ichthyology Visiting scientist
1991 Smithsonian Institute, Washington, USA Ichthyology Visiting scientist
1993 University of Hohenheim, Germany Ichthyology Visiting Researcher
1998 University of Hohenheim, Germany Ichthyology Visiting Researcher
2000 University of Hohenheim, Germany Ichthyology Visiting Researcher

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In 1951 the first field study station was established by us on the shores of the Gulf of Aqaba , investigating the coral reefs and the rich fauna around them. Even then the idea of expeditions to more distant lands was in the air, both to enrich our knowledge and, if possible, to make collections of various animals.

1956. The first expedition was to Southern Sinai , as during the Sinai Campaign the Israeli Army had conquered the Sinai Peninsula . A group of us was invited and hosted by the Israeli Army at Sharem el Sheik. For us, the marine biologists (Fishelson and Steinitz with assistants) it was our first encounter with the enormous areas of live and fossil coral reefs, and the rich littoral fauna of the sandy, mangrove growths.


1958. Expedition to East Africa , focusing on Ethiopia and Eritrea . Under the leadership of H. Mendelssohn (ornithology, general zoology), and with the participation of G. Theodor (Hebrew University, Jerusalem, parasitic insects), Y. Hoffian (herpetology) A. Kofish (botany); A. Zahavi (ornithology, mammals); myself (general zoology, orthoptera) and assistants, we traveled by boat to Djibouti, and from there by train to Diredawa in Ethiopia. From there we crossed the plains and mountains of Ethiopia by jeep, ending our journey in harbor of Massawa ( Red Sea ).


The enormously rich terrestrial fauna of East Africa was revealed to us, especially the unique colobus monkey and the numerous and colorful bird species.

1962 . March. The first Israeli South Red Sea Expedition to the Dahlak Archipelago, a large group of limestone islands offshore Eritrea , rich in coral and mangrove habitats. The expedition included scientists from Israel , USA , Jamaica , and the Netherlands ,

and the site elected for camping was Entedebir Island . With the help of the Ethiopian navy the scientists in the group were able to visit and study various sites and marine habitats, as well as collect numerous samples of fish, corals, crustaceans, sponges and algae.

1965. October. The second Israeli South Red Sea Expedition (under H. Lewinson’s and my leadership), also included scientists from other countries; and like the first one focused on the Dahlak group of islands. Our camp site was Musseri Island , the only one with three species of mangrove, Avicenia, Rhizophora and Ceriops.

This visit to the site greatly broadened our studies of the intertidal, especially the overhanging, mushroom-like rocky surfaces and sandy habitats, and expanded our observations and collections. The breeding colonies of the marine birds provided fascinating observations and opportunities to film.

1967. The second expedition around the Sinai Peninsula took place following the occupation of this area by Israel after the Six Day War. The boat used for the trip was an Egyptian stern-trawler, captured by the Israeli navy. We traveled along the Gulf of Aqaba and partly the southern part of the Gulf of Suez , collecting organisms by beam-trawl and diving.

1968. This expedition along the Gulf of Aqaba was financed by the Government of Israel, with two main focal points: to mark the route for a possible road from Eilat to Sharem el Sheik in the southern corner of the peninsula, with minimal harm to the coral reefs; and to establish the limits of the projected Nature Reserves of the coral world along the shores. To fulfill this task the study group included marine biologists, engineers, architects, and a translator to interact with the Bedouins. The expedition was provided with a large military landing craft, together with two command cars for land transport. The road to Sharem and the established marine reserves were delineated, and they continue to function today.

Full description of the expeditions


1974 - 1979 Expeditions around Sinai Peninsula
1978 - 1979 Around the tropics-coral reef fishes



1962 - 1963 Alexander von Humboldt Stifftung Grant for studies in Germany
1962 - 1968 Office of Naval Research (USA) Grant for studies in the Red Sea
1969 - 1972 Smithsonian Grant for studies in the Red Sea (with L. Slobodkin)
1976 - 1982 Tobias Landau Grant for marine studies
1982 - 1986 BSF, Israel - USA for studies on Red Sea fishes (with L. Montgomery and A.Myrberg)
1988 - 1989 Hertz Grants for fish culture studies
1988 - 1989 Ecology Fund of Israel on stress phenomena in marine littoral organisms
1989 - 1992 MED-POLL. Littoral marine molluscs as bio-indicators of pollution
1991 - 1994 Ashdod Regional Environmental Quality Board - Environmental health profile in Ashdod region
1991 - 1995 Ministry of Absorption - Xenobiotics in the environment (with Prof. V. Bresler)
1992 - 1995 MED-POLL. Grant for study in the Mediterranean Sea
1992 - 1994 Tobias Landau Grant for study in the Red Sea
1993 - 1994 Tobias Landau Grant for study in the Red Sea
1994 Alexander von Humboldt Grant for studies in Germany
1995 - 1998 German - Israeli Grant for Studies in Marine Pollution
1999 - 2001 German - Israeli Grant for Studies in Marine Pollution
1997 - 2002 Tobias Landau Grant for Studies in the Red Sea



1987 Plaque of Distinction, Minister of Environment
1989 Honorary Doctorate at RAU-Johannesburg, S. Africa
1993 Silver Medal, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Germany
1995 - 1999 Honorary Fellow of Interuniversity Institute in Eilat
1997 Honorary Fellow, Israel Ecological Society
1998 Honorary Fellow, Israel Zoological Society
1997 - Member of the Academy of Science, Erfort, Germany.


Positions held

1958 - 1960 Secretary , Israel Zoological Society.
1963 - 1968 Chair, Scientific Committee , Israel  Agency for Nature Protection.
1970 - 1980 Member, Board of the Nature Protection Society.
1975 - 1978 Secretary , Israel Ecological Society.
1974 Founder Member, Earth and Nature , Israel NGO Umbrella Organization.

Membership in professional societies

1977 - Intecol - International Ecological Society
1970 - American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists
1975 - Israel Ecological Society
1953 - Israel Zoological Society
1978 - 1985 Honorary Patron - British Association of Marine Aquarists
1982 - European Union of Ichthyologists
1984 - 2000 Japanese Ichthyology Society
1968 - 1980 European Ethological Society
1994 - American Association of Anatomists.


Pioneering Studies

1960 - 1965 Evidence of use by grasshoppers of plant toxic cardenolids for active self protection, (together with M. Rothschild and the Nobel Prize winner, T. Reichstein).
1959 - 1965 Hybridization as a mean to produce all-male offspring of tilapias for aquaculture.
1962 - 1970 Desert fish-farming of euryhaline fish in brackish waters (with Y. Loya and Y. Pruginin)
1970 - 1986   Social control of sex change in coral reef fishes (with D. Popper and N. Gunderman)

Selected Publications



L. Fishelson
The Animals Around the Dead Sea. Publ. Sifriath Hassadeh, 87 pp. (in Hebrew with English index), 1968.

L. Fishelson
Zoology, Vol. I. Invertebrates. Publ. Hakibbutz Hamuchad, Tel Aviv, 515 pp. (in Hebrew), 1975.

L. Fishelson
The Animal In School - Guide of Collection Keeping and Observation. Publ. Hakibbutz Hamuchad, Tel Aviv, , 142 pp. (in Hebrew), 1976.

L. Fishelson
Ecology: Man and His Environment (ed. with Y. Waisel). Publ. Division of Ecology, Tel Aviv, 294 pp. (in Hebrew), 1977.

L. Fishelson
The Sea Around Us - Ecology and Biology. Publ. Ministry of Defence, Tel Aviv, 129 pp. (in Hebrew), 1978.

L. Fishelson
Zoology, Vol. 2. Fishes, Amphibia, Reptiles. Publ. Hakibbutz Hamuchad, Tel Aviv, 455 pp. (in Hebrew), 1979.

L. Fishelson
Zoology. British Encyclopedia for Youth (ed.) (in Hebrew), 1979.

L. Fishelson
Elat Coral Reef Fish - Biology and Taxonomy. Publ. Hakibbutz Hamuchad, Tel Aviv, 141 pp. (in Hebrew), 1981.

L. Fishelson
Mysteries of the Red Sea (with David Pilosof - photographs). Massada Ltd., 145 pp. (in Hebrew), 1981.

L. Fishelson
Zoology, Vol. 3. Birds and Mammals. Publ. Hakibbutz Hamuchad, Tel Aviv, 453 pp. (in Hebrew), 1982.

L. Fishelson
Aquatic Life (ed.) Vol. 4. Encyclopedia of Plant and Animals of the Land of Israel. Publ. Ministry of Defence, Tel Aviv, 342 pp. (ed.) (in Hebrew with English index), 1983.

L. Fishelson
International Symposium on Tilapia in Aquaculture (ed. with Z. Yaron). Publ. Tel Aviv University, 624 pp., 1983.

L. Fishelson
Mysteries of the Red Sea (with David Pilosof - photographs). Massada Ltd., 145 pp. (in English), 1984.

L. Fishelson
Orthoptera: Acridoidea. The Israel Academy of Science and Humanities, Jerusalem, 229 pp. plus 12 plates, 1985.

L. Fishelson
Lexicon of Aquatic Life in Israel. Ministry of Defence Publ. House, 316 pp, 1996.

Articles published since 1995

114. L. Fishelson
Cytological and morphological ontogenesis and involution of thymus in Cichlid fishes (Cichlidae, Teleostei). J. Morph. 223, 175-190, 1995.

115. L. Fishelson
Comparative morphology and cytology of the olfactory organs in moray eels with remarks on their foraging behavior. Anat. Rec. 243, 403-412, 1995.

116. L. Fishelson
Ontogenesis of cytological structures around the yolk sac during embryological and early larval development of some cichlid fishes. J. Fish Biol. 47, 479-491, 1995.

117. L. Fishelson.
Elat (Gulf of Aqaba) littoral: life on the red line of biodegradation. Isr. J. Zool. 41, 43-55, 1995.

118. L. Fishelson and Y. Delarea
Unilateral winged flagellum of sperm in Badis badis (Pisces: Teleostei). Copeia 1995(1), 241-243, 1995.

119. K. Iliadou and L. Fishelson
Histology and cytology of testes of the catfish Parasilurus aristotelis (Siluridae, Teleostei) from Greece. Jpn. J. Ichthyol. 41(4), 447-454, 1995.

120. H. Graier and L. Fishelson
Colloidal sperm-packaging in mouthbrooding tilapiine fishes. Copeia 1995(4), 966-970, 1995.

121. B. Rinkevich, Z. Shlemberg and L. Fishelson
Whole-body protochordate regeneration from totipotent blood cells. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 92, 7695-7699, 1995.

122. L. Fishelson
Ontogenesis and functional metamorphosis of the head-kidney in bottom-spawner and mouthbrooder cichlid fishes (Cichlidae, Teleostei). J. Morph. 229, 1-21, 1996.

123. L. Fishelson
Skin morphology and cytology in marine eels adapted to different life-styles. Anat. Rec. 246, 15-29, 1996

124. L. Fishelson
Unusual sex cells in testes of cichlid fishes - oocytes or giant spermatogonia? Acta, Univ. Carolina. Biologica 39, 147-157, 1996.

125. Grim, N.J., Reed, K.S. and L. Fishelson
Metanyctotherus paulini n.sp., symbiont from intestines of the Angelfish Apolemichthys xanthotis. Assessment of species status for extant Metanyctotherans. Arch. Protiskenkd. 146, 341-347, 1995/96.

126. Fishelson, L., Manelis, R, Zuk-Rimon, Z., Dotan, A., Hornung, H. and A. Yawetz
Ecology, enzymology and population dynamics of some selected littoral molluscs. UNEP/FAO MAP Tech. Rep. Ser. 103, 57-73, 1996.

127. Fishelson, L., M. Goren, J.v. Vuren and R. Manelis
Some aspects of the reproductive biology of Barbus spp., Capoeta damascine and their hybrids Cyprinidae, Teleostei) in Israel. Hydrobiologia 317, 79-88, 1996.

128. Fishelson, L.
Reef Fisheries (ed. Nicolas V.C. Polunin and Callum M. Roberts); Chapman & Hall, London. Fish & Fisheries, Series 20; 1996, 477 pp.
129. Fishelson, L.
Ecology at the crossroads - a need for adaptation. Isr. J. Zool. 43, 89-92, 1997.

130. Fishelson, L.
Experiments and observations on food consumption, growth and starvation in Dendrochirus brachypterus and Pterois volitans (Pteroinae, Scorpaenidae). Environ. Biol. Fishes 50, 391-403, 1997.

131. Fishelson, L.
Comparative ontogenesis and cytomorphology of the nasal organs in some species of cichlid fish (Cichlidae, Teleostei). J. Zool., Lond. 243, 281-294, 1997.

132. Fishelson, L.
Professor Hans Peters - a life remembered. Environ. Biol. Fishes 50, 353-355, 1997.

133. Fishelson, L. and O. Sharon
Spatial and foraging behaviour, diet and morphogenesis of postlarvae and juveniles of Pempheris vanicolensis in the Gulf of Aqaba, Red Sea. J. Fish Biol. 51, 251-265, 1997.

134. Fishelson, L. and A. Baranes
Ontogenesis and cytomorphology of the nasal olfactory organs in the Oman shark, Iago omanensis (Triakidae), in the Gulf of Aqaba, Red Sea. Anat. Rec. 249, 409-421, 1997.

135. Maroz, A. and L. Fishelson
Juvenile production of Amphiprion bicinctus (Pomacentridae, Teleostei) and rehabilitation of impoverished habitats. Mar. Ecol. Prog. Ser. 151, 295-297, 1997.

136. S. Schreiber, K. Becker, V. Bresler and L. Fishelson
Dietary L-Carnitine protects the gills and skin of guppies (Poecilia reticulata) against anionic xenobiotics. Comp. Biochem. Physiol. 117C (1), 99-102, 1997.

137. B. Rinkevich, Z. Shlemberg and L. Fishelson
Survival budding processes in the colonial tunicate Botrylloides from the Mediterranean Sea: the role of totipotent blood cells, pp. 1-9. in: Invertebrate Cell Culture: Looking Towards the 21st Century, 1997.

138. Fishelson, L., M. Goren and O. Gon
Black gut phenomenon in cardinal fishes (Apogonidae, Teleostei). Mar. Ecol. Prog. Ser., 161, 295-298, 1997.

139. Fishelson, L.
Olfaction and visual detection of food and relevant morphometric characters in some species of moray eels (Muraenidae). Isr. J. Zool. 43, 367-375, 1997.

140. Fishelson, L. and A. Baranes
Observations on the Oman Shark, Iago omanensis (Triakidae), with emphasis on the morphological and cytological changes of the oviduct and yolk sac during gestation. J. Morph. 236, 151-165, 1998

141. Fishelson, L. and A. Baranes
Distribution, morphology, and cytology of Ampullae of Lorenzini in the Oman Shark, Iago omanensis (Triakidae), from the Gulf of Aqaba, Red Sea. Anat. Rec. 251, 417-430, 1998.

142. Fishelson, L and A. Baranes
Morphological and cytological ontogenesis of the Ampullae of Lorenzini and lateral line canals in the Oman shark, Iago omanensis Norman 1939 (Triakidae), from the Gulf of Aqaba, Red Sea.
Anat Rec. 252, 532-545, 1998.

143. Zuri, I., L. Fishelson and J. Terkel
Morphology and cytology of the nasal cavity and vomeronasal organ in juvenile and adult Blind mole rats (Spalax ehrenbergi). Anat Rec. 251, 460-471, 1998.

144. Fishelson, L.
Behaviour, socio-ecology and sexuality in damselfishes (Pomacentridae). Ital. J. Zool. Suppl: 387-398, 1998.

145. Bresler, V., L. Montgomery, L. Fishelson and P.E. Pollak.
Gigantism in a bacterium, Epulopiscium fishelsoni, correlates with the complex patterns in arrangment, quality and segregation of DNA. J. Bacter., 180, 5601-5611. 1998.

146. Bresler, V., L. Fishelson and A. Abelson.
Anti-xenobiotic defense mechanisms and environmental health. Rapp. Comm. Int. Medit. 35, 338-339. 1998.

147. Fishelson, L.
Polymorphism in gigantobacterial symbionts in the gut of surgeonfish (Acanthuridae, Teleostei). Mar. Biol. 133, 345-351. 1999.

148. Fishelson, L. V. Bresler, R. Manelis, Z. Zuk-Rimon, A. Dotan, H, Hornung and A. Yavetz. Toxicological aspects associated with the ecology of Donax trunculus (Bivalvia, Mollusca) in a polluted environment. Sci. Total Env. 226, 121-131. 1999.

149. Fishelson L. and K. Becker.
Rodlet cells in the head and trunk kidney of the domestic carp (Cyprinus carpio): Enigmatic gland cells or coccidian parasites?. Naturwissenschaften, 86: 400-403, 1999.

150. Fishelson, L. and A. Baranes.
Ocular development in the Oman shark, Iago omanensis (Triakidae) in the Gulf of Aqaba, Red Sea. Anat. Rec. 256, 389-402, 1999.

151. Fishelson L. Marine parks in the Gulf of Aqaba: A case study of establishment and management, in Oliveira R. et al. (Eds), 425-472, 1999.

152. Bresler, V., L. Fishelson, A. Abelson. A proposed fluorescent microscopic methodology of distinguishing of dioxin-like biological effects in wild animals. Organohalogen Compounds, 44, 385-388, 1999.

153. Bresler, V., Besinger v. A. Abelson, H. Dizer, A. Sturm, R. Kratke, L. Fishelson, P-D. Hansen. Marine molluscs and fish as biomarkers of pollution stress in littoral regions
of the Red Sea, Mediterranean Sea and North Sea. Helgol. Mar. Res. 53,219-243, 1999 .

154. Fishelson, L. Comparative morphology and cytology of siphons and siphonal sensory organs in selected bivalve mollusks. Mar. Biol 137: 497-509, 2000

155. Fishelson, L., Y. Delarea, B. Galil. Pathological alterations typical for Tay-Sachs disease, in the retina of a deep-sea fish. Naturwissenschaften, 87, 363-365, 2000.

156. Fishelson, L. Marine animal assemblages along the littoral of the Israeli Mediterranean seashore: The Red-Med communities of species. Italian J. Zool 67: 393-415, 2000

157. Bresler VM., L.Fishelson, A. Abelson. Determination of primary and secondary resposes to environmental stressors and biota health. In: Assessment and Management of Evironmental Riski (eds. I. Linkov, J.M. Palma-Oliveira), pp. 57-70. 2001.

158. Fishelson L. and Becker K. Development and aging of the liver and pancreas in the domestic carp, Cyprinus carpio: from embryogenesis to 15-year old. Env. Biol. Fish 61: 85-97, 2001

159. Becker K., Fishelson L,. Amselgruber W.M. Cytological ontogenesis and involution of thymus and head kidney in juvenile and old domestic carp: Is aging in fish a chronological or growth-related phenomenon. J Appl. Ichthyol. 17: 1-13, 2001

160. Fishelson L., Galil B. Gonad structure and reproductive cycle in the deep-sea hermaphrodite Tripodfish, Bathypterois mediterraneus (Chlorophthalmidae, Teleostei). Copeia 101: 556-560, 2001

161. Bresler V., L. Fishelson, O. Mokady, A. Abelson. Man-made evolution of coastal biota. Medit., 36, 326. 2001

162. Fishelson, L., Bresler, V., Rosenfeld, M., Mokady O., Abelson, A. and L.Stone. Induction of novwel re-segregation and selection processes by anthropogenic factors on littoral marine mollusks. Rapp.Comm. int. Mer Medit., 36, 383. 2001

163. Fishelson L., Bresler V. Comparative studies of the development and differentiation of chloride cells in Tilapine fish with different reproductive styles. J. Morph. 253: 118-131 2002

164.Fishelson L., Hilzerman F. Flexibility in reproductive styles of male St. Peters tilapia, Sarotherodon galilaeus (Cichlidae). Env. Biol. Fish. 63: 173-182, 2002.

164. Fishelson, L., Bresler, V., Abelson, A., Stone, L., Gefen, E., Rosenfeld, M., and O. Mokady. The two sides of man-induced changes in littoral marine communities: Eastern Mediterranean and the Red Sea as an example. Sc. Total Environ., 296: 139-151, 2002.

164. Pavlicek, T, Vivanti Sh, Fishelson, L., Nevo A. Biodiversity and microsite divergence of Insects at “Evolution Canyon”, Nahal Oren, Mt. Carmel, Israel. II. Orthoptera. J. Entom. Res. Soc. 4 (1): 205-209, 2002.

166. Hamlett W, Lev Fishelson, Avi Baranes, Ch, K. Hysell and D.M. Sever. Ultrastructural analysis of sperm storage and morphology of the oviductal gland in the Oman shark, Iago omanensis (Triakidae). Mar. Freshwater Res. 53: 601-613, 2002

167. Fishelson, L. Ethics and Ecology. EEIU, 1-4,2002.

168. Fishelson, L. Comparison of testes structure, spermatogenesis, and spermatocytogenesis in young, aging, and hybrid cichlid fish (Cichlidae, teleostei). J. Morph. 256: 285-300, 2003.

169. Stone L., DaiHai He, Becker K., Fishelson L. Unusual synchronization of Red Sea fish energy expediture. Ecol. Letters, 6: 83-86, 2003.

170. Bresler V, Fishelson L. Polyploidy and polyteny in the gigantic eubacterium Epulopiscium fishelsoni. Mar. Biol., 143: 17 – 21, 2003

171. Bresler V, Abelson A,,, Fishelson L, Feldstein T, Rosenfeld M, Mokady O. Marine mollusks in environmental monitoring. I. Cellular and molecular responses.
Helgol. Mar. Res. 57: 157-165, 2003.

172. Bresler V, Mokady O, Fishelson L, Feldstein T, Abelson A. Marine molluscs in environmental monitoring. II. Experimental exposure to selected toxic pollutants. Helgol. Mar. Res. 57 : 206 – 211, 2003.

173. Feldstein T, Kashman Y, Abelson A, Fishelson L, Mokady O, Bresler V, Erel Y. Marine molluscs in environmental monitoring. III. Trace metals and aromatic pollutants in animal tissue and sediments. Helgol. Mar. Res. 57: 212-219, 2003.

174. Wielgus J., Glassom D., Fishelson L. Long-term persistence of low coral cover and abundance on a disturbed coral reef flat in the northern Red Sea. J. Exper. Biol. Ecol. 297:31-34, 2003.

175. Fishelson, L. Coral and fish biocenosis: ecological cells gradually maturing in complexity, species composition and energy turnover. Env. Biol. Fishes 68: 391 – 405, 2003.

178. Fishelson L. Comparison of Taste Buds form and distribution, as well as dentition on lips and oral cavity of some cardinal fishes (Apogonidae, Teleostei). J. Morph., 259: 316 – 327. 2004.

179. Fishelson L. Community structure and fish and invertebrate biodiversity in marine ecosystems: the consequences of our interactions. Bol. Mus. Mun. Funchal, sup 6: 331-347(2001), 2004.
180. Fishelson L., Baranes A, Delarea Y. Morphogenesis of the salt gland in the viviparous Oman shark, Yago omanensis, (Triakidae) from the Gulf of Aqaba, Red Sea. J. Mar. Biol. Ass. U.K, 84: 433-437, 2004.

181. Fishelson L. Comparison of eye and retina structure in some crepuscular and nocturnal cardinal fishes (Apogonidae, Teleostei). Anat. Rec. A, 277A: 249-261, 2004.

182. Schlechterim C., Bresler V., Fishelson L., Rosenfeld M., Becker K. Protective effect of dietary L-Carnitine on tilapia hybrids (Oreochromis niloticus x Oreochromis aureus) reared under intensive pond-culture conditions. Aquacul. Nutrition, 10: 55 – 63, 2004.

183. Fishelson L., Delarea Y. Taste buds on the lips and mouth of some blenniid and gobiid fishes: comparative distribution and morphology. J. Fish Biol., 65: 1-15, 2004.

184. Fishelson L, Delarea Y, and Zverdling A. 2004. Taste bud form and distribution on lips and in the oropharyngeal cavity of cardinal fish species (Apogonidae, Teleostei), with remarks on their dentition. Journal of Morphology 259: 316-327.

185. Fishelson L, Histogenesis of the oropharyngeal cavity taste buds and relevant nerves and brain centers in substrate-brooding and mouth-brooding cichlid fish (Cichlidae, Teleostei). Anatomy and Embryology 209:179-192, 2005.

186. Fishelson L. Comparison of taste bud types and their distribution on the lips and oropharyngeal cavity, as well as dentition in cichlid fishes (Cichlidae, Teleostei). In K. Reutter and MN. Kapoor (eds) Fish Chemosenses, Oxford Press, Chapter 11, pp. 247-275, 2005.

187. Fishelson, L., Gon O., Goren M., Ben-David Zaslow, R., The oral caviy and bioluminecsent organs of the cardinal fish species Siphamia permutata and        S. Cephalotes (Perciformes, Apogonidae), Marine Biology 147:603-609, 2005.

188. Fishelson L., Cytomorphological Alterations of the Thymus, Spleen, Head-kidney and Liver in Cardinal Fish (Apogonidae, Teleostei) as Bioindicators of Stress., J. Morph. 267: 57-69, 2006.

189. Fishelson L, Delarea Y and Gon O, Testis structure, spermatogenesis, spermatocytogenesis and sperm structure in cardinal fish (Apogonidae, Perciformes). Anat. Embryol. 211: 31-46, 2006.

190. Bresler V., Fishelson L., Export pumps in Epulopiscium fishelsoni, the symbiotic giant gut bacterium in Acanthurus nigrofucus. Naturwissenschaften 93: 181-184, 2006.

191. Fishelson L., Evolution in action-peacock-feather-like supraocular tentacles of the lionfish, Pterois volitans - the distribution of a new signal. Environmental Biology of Fishes 75: 343-348, 2006.

192. Fishelson L, Gon O , Holdengreber V , and Delarea Y, Comparative morphology and cytology of the male sperm-transmission organs in viviparous species of clinid fishes (Clinidae : Teleostei, Perciformes), JOURNAL OF MORPHOLOGY 267 (12): 1406-1414 DEC 2006

193. Fishelson L, Gon O, Comperative oogenesis in cardinal fishes (Apogonidae, Perciformes), with special focus on the adaptive structures of egg envelopes. Environ Biol Fish, 2007.

194. Gon O, Fishelson L and Delarea Y, Comparative morphology of the oropharyngeal cavity of clinid fish (Perciformes: Clinidae), with particular attention to the form, number and distribution of taste buds, and dentition. African Journal of Marine Science 29(2)

195.  Fishelson L, Gon O, Holdengreber V, Delarea Y
Comparative spermatogenesis, spermatocytogenesis, and spermatozeugmata formation in males of viviparous species of clinid fishes (Teleostei: Clinidae, Blennioidei). Anat Rec (Hoboken) 2007 Feb 14; 290(3) :311-323.

196. Fishelson L , Gon O, Comperative cytogenesis and morphogenesis of nasal olfactory organs and olfactory bulbs in Blennioidei fishes (Teleostei: Perciformes). In: The Biology of Blenniies, Patzner RA, Goncalves E, Hasting P, Kapoor BG (Eds) 2009, 187-213

197.  Fishelson L, Comparative morphology of the oropharyngeal cavity in various blennioid families (Blennioidei, Teleostei), focusing on dentition and taste bud distribution and number. In: The Biology of Blenniies, Patzner RA, Goncalves E, Hasting P, Kapoor BG (Eds) 2009, 163-185

198. Fishelson L, Gon O,

Comparison of the ovaries and oogenesis of some Australian and South African viviparid Clinid fishes (Clinidae, Blennioidei, Perciformes), in press

Environmental Biology of Fishes 86: 527-540, 2009

199. Fishelson L and Gon O, Comparative embryogenesis of Australian and South African viviparous clinid fishes (Blennioidei, Teleostei), African Journal of Marine Sciences29: 283-298, 2007

200. Fishelson L, Yavetz A, Bresler V, Manelis R

Comparison of pollution effect on the marine bivalve, Donax trunculus, in the vicinity of pollution sites with those of a clean reference site ( Mediterranean Sea )

Marine pollution Bulletin 60: 225-229, 2010

201. Fishelson L, Delarea Y and Goren M, Comparative morphology and cytology of the eye, with particular reference to the retina, in lizardfishes (Synodontidae, Teleostei), Acta Zoologica, 93: 68-79, 2012: DOI: 10.1111/j.1463-6395.2010.00483.x

202. Fishelson L, Golani D, Galil B and Goren M, Comparison of the nasal olfactory organs of various species of lizardfishes (Teleostei, Aulopiformes, Synodontidae), with additional remarks on the brain. Inter. J. Zoology, 2010: doi: 10.1155/2010/837913

203.  Fishelson L, Golani D, Galil B and Goren M, Comparison of taste bud form, number and distribution in the oropharyngeal cavity of lizardfishes (Teleostei, Aulopiformes, Synodontidae), Cybium, 34: 269-277, 2010

204. Fishelson L, Golani D, Russell B, Galil B, Goren M, Comparative morphology and cytology of the alimentary tract in lizardfishes (Teleostei, Aulopiformes, Synodontidae), Acta Zoologica (Stockholm), 93: 308-318, 2011: DOI: 10.1111/j.1463-6395.2011.00504.x

206. Fishelson L , Russell B, Golani D, Goren M, Rodlet cells in the alimentary track of three genera of lizardfishes (Synodontidae, Aulopiformes): more on these enigmatic "gate-guards" of fishes, Cybium 2011 in press

207. Fishelson L, Golani D, Rusell B, Galil B, Goren M. Melanization of the Alimentary Tract in Lizardfishes (Teleostei, Auloformes, Synodontidae), Env. Biol. Fish, 2012, 95:195-200, DOI: 10.1007/s10641-012-9982-8

208. Fishelson L, Hastings Pa, Baldwin C. Comparison of the Orpharyngal cavity in the Starksiini (Labrisomidae, Teleostei): Teste buds and teeth, including a comparison with closly- related genera, Journal of Morphology 273:618-628, 2012

209. Fishelson L, Hastings Pa, Baldwin Cc. Gonad morphology, gametogenesis and reproductive mode in fishes of the tribe Starksiini (Teleostei, Blenniiformes), Journal of Morphology, 2013 274:496-511

210. Fishelson L, Delarea Y. Comparison of oral cavity architecture in surgeonfishes (Acanthuridae, Teleostei), with emphasis on the taste buds and jaw "retention plats", Environmental Biology of  Fishes, 2013, DOI: 10.1007/s10641-013-0139-1

Students and Lab Members

Doctoral Students

Name of Student
Title of Thesis
1971 - 1975 Goren, Menachem Comparative investigation on the dynamics and species diversity of the benthic communities on artificial substrates in the Red Sea (Eilat) and in the Mediterranean Sea (Ashdod)
1975 - 1979 Rutman, Joheved The reproductive activity of the feather-stars Lamprometra klunzingeri (Hartlaub) and Heterometra savignii (J. Muller) from the Gulf of Eilat (Red Sea).
1978 - 1980 Livshitz, Gregory Factors stabilizing and differentiating the genetic structure of an isolated population of the mollusc Brephulopsis bidens (Pulmonata, Euidae).
1979 - 1985 Shpigel, Muki Ecology and behaviour of the groupers (Cephalopholis: Serranidae) in the Gulf of Aqaba, Red Sea.
1980 - 1985 Dotan, Aharon Aspects of the biology and ecology of sea-urchins of the northern Red Sea, with emphasis on Heterocentrotus mammilatus.
1986 - 1990 Ariel Cushner Ichthyoplankton of the Gulf of Aqaba - biodynamics and seasonal fluctuations.
1987 - Hilzerman, Francesco The ethology and social and reproductive cycles in Sarotherodon galilaeus (Cichlidae, Teleostei).

Masters Students

Prof. Yossi Loya
Dr. Yoheved Rutman (deceased)
Dr. Menachem Goren
Dr. Shmuel Moran (Senior Scientist)
Prof. Ehud Spanier
Uri Eyal (farmer)
Dr. Dan Popper (deceased)
Dr. Nurit Gunderman
Dr. Ariel Kushnir
Dr. Aharon Dotan
Dr. Yaakov Dafni
Dr. Muki Shpigel (Senior Scientist)
Dr. Itai Plaot (Lecturer)


Courses given

Invertebrate Zoology (for freshmen and advanced students)
Ecology and Man
Ichthyology (for advanced students)
Marine Biology (for advanced students)
Environmental Quality (for advanced students, with members of the Institute for Nature Protection)


My Theme

Animals named in honor

Epulopiscium fishelsoni Montgomery and Pollak, 1989

Anthellia fishelsoni Verseveldt, 1969
Sinularia fishelsoni Verseveldt, 1970

Loxosoma fishelsoni Babin, 1970

Acemyia fishelsoni Kugler, 1968
Cosmina fishelsoni Rogners 2002

Lichomolgus fishelsoni Stock, 1966
Neomysis laevi Bacescu, 1983
Nannostacus fishelsoni Bacescu, 1980
Cirolana fishelsoni Jones, 1978

Liparis fishelsoni Smith, 1968
Bathygobius fishelsoni Goren, 1978
Trimma fishelsoni Goren, 1985

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