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Remarks by Dr. Jen-Chieh Shiao (蕭仁傑) for Joel Corush

It is my pleasure to host Joel’s visiting in my lab and to help his collect fish around Taiwan. Joel wrote me an e-mail on October 8th, 2013, to inquire me about the possibility to collect fish samples in Taiwan. He wanted to collect 3 species, Kuhlia rupestris (rock flagtail), Periophthalmus argentilineatus (barred mudskipper), and Zenarchopterus dispar (feathered river-garfish) from Taiwan for his Ph.D. study on genetic evolution of diadromous fish. However, I noticed that feathered river-garfish does not distribute in Taiwan and barred mudskipper is very likely disappeared in Taiwan for many years. I explained this situation to Joel and he decided to come.

During Joel’s visit in Taiwan, my students and I took him to many rivers and intertidal zones in the Penghu, ILan, Hualian, Taipei, Miaoli, Taichung, Chiayi, Tainan, and Pingtung counties to collect fish. It is a harsh work to collet fish under the sunshine for a whole day and sometime it is dangerous because the river is deep and flow is very fast. Collecting fish at night was necessary for most sampling sites. However, Joel is very brave and skillful in collecting fish. My students also did great help fish because the sample size that Joel needed was quiet large >30 individuals at each location. Therefore, this job cannot be done just by Joel alone but need several people to work together at the same time.

After the hard works for more than a month, Joel collected many samples including his target species, Kuhlia rupeIt is my pleasure to host Joel’s visiting in my lab and to help his collect fish around Taiwan. Joel wrote me an e-mail on October 8th, 2013, to inquire me about the possibility to collect fish samples in Taiwan. He wanted to collect 3 species, Kuhlia rupestris (rock flagtail), Periophthalmus argentilineatus (barred mudskipper), and Zenarchopterus dispar (feathered river-garfish) from Taiwan for his Ph.D. study on genetic evolution of diadromous fish. However, I noticed that feathered river-garfish does not distribute in Taiwan and barred mudskipper is very likely disappeared in Taiwan for many years. I explained this situation to Joel and he decided to come.

During Joel’s visit in Taiwan, my students and I took him to many rivers and intertidal zones in the Penghu, ILan, Hualian, Taipei, Miaoli, Taichung, Chiayi, Tainan, and Pingtung counties to collect fish. It is a harsh work to collet fish under the sunshine for a whole day and sometime it is dangerous because the river is deep and flow is very fast. Collecting fish at night was necessary for most sampling sites. However, Joel is very brave and skillful in collecting fish. My students also did great help fish because the sample size that Joel needed was quiet large >30 individuals at each location. Therefore, this job cannot be done just by Joel alone but need several people to work together at the same time.

After the hard works for more than a month, Joel collected many samples including his target species, Kuhlia rupestris and other species. I think Joel is satisfied with his collections and he had fantastic experience in Taiwan as he told me.stris and other species. I think Joel is satisfied with his collections and he had fantastic experience in Taiwan as he told me.

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