Fresh water fishes of Louisiana is topic of Science on Tap presentation
Wednesday, August 24, 2016
by: Rene Abadie
HAMMOND – Southeastern Louisiana University’s Department of Biological Sciences will
launch its fourth year of Science on Tap, a series of scientific discussions geared
to the layperson, with a presentation on fishes of Louisiana on Tuesday, Sept. 6.
Professor of Biological Sciences Kyle Piller will address “Inland Fishes of Louisiana: An Overview of a Unique and Underappreciated Fauna” at the presentation scheduled at 7 p.m. at Tope Lá Catering, 113 East Thomas St. in Hammond. The lecture is free and open to all ages. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
“Fishes are the most diverse group of vertebrates on the planet,” said Piller, an ichthyologist or fish specialist. “Although many of Louisiana’s marine fishes – such as the redfish and speckled trout – are familiar to Louisiana’s sportsmen, the state’s freshwater fish diversity remains unfamiliar and underappreciated. This is despite the large number of species in our streams, rivers, bayous and lakes.”
Piller said the presentation will provide an overview of Louisiana’s inland freshwater diversity and will highlight some of the interesting life-histories, behaviors, and habitats of the many freshwater fishes in the state.
For information on future Science on Tap presentations, contact the Department of Biological Sciences at 985-549-3740.