After finishing up sampling several localities in the Coban-Rio Cahabon region, we began to head north in Guatemala to the Department of Peten. Peten is the largest department in Guatemala and possesses some of the largest lakes and rivers in the country. Read more about Fishes in Guatemala - Peten
After a couple of days filled with sorting out logistics, and driving away from Guatemala City, we have sampled at our first localities (Las Verapaces - Baja Verapaz and Alta Verapaz Departments). Our localities so far have centered around the Rio Escondido and Rio Cahabon, both north of Guatemala City. We found livebearing fishes of the family Poeciliidae (e.g. Pseudoxiphophorous spp., Poecilia mexicana), as well as cichlids, tetras, and catfish. Read more about Fishes in Guatemala: Las Verapaces
Next week our staff in Fishes at The Field Museum will be leaving the cold, snowy days of Chicago to study neotropical fishes in the Central American country of Guatemala! The Field Museum has always been an important institution for studying the biodiversity of fishes in the tropical rainforests of Mexico, Central America, and South America. On this expedition our Fishes staff will continue to build on our fish collections from the region so that we can answer even more questions. Read more about Fishes goes to Guatemala - Follow us in the field!