My research interests and experience are centered on the evolution, phylogeography (or the geographic distribution of genetic lineages), conservation, biogeography, systematics and community and behavioral ecology of coral reef fishes. I frequently try to combine these fields, invoking ecology to help explain evolutionary patterns and using molecular tools to test biogeographic and systematic hypotheses. The overall objective of this interdisciplinary research is to test existing hypotheses (and propose new ones) about what generates and maintains the extremely high biodiversity in tropical coral reefs.

Current projects include the investigation of processes of speciation in marine and freshwater fishes using modern genomic techniques, the survey of unexplored mesophotic reefs (between 100-150m depth) using technical diving, and contributing to the conservation and restoration of coral reefs. This research is jointly funded by the California Academy of Sciences, National Geographic and the National Science Foundation.

Future research interests include speciation and conservation of tropical marine and neotropical freshwater fishes, evolutionary ecology of mimicry in fishes, molecular evolution of adaptive coloration in fishes and taxonomy and ecology of deep reef fishes.

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92. Kells, V.A., L.A. Rocha and L.G. Allen (2016) A Field Guide to Coastal Fishes: From Alaska to California. Johns Hopkins University Press, 376p. Available at

Peer Reviewed Publications (Links to open-access articles provided, other PDFs available via e-mail.)

91. Ahti, P., R.R, Coleman, J.D. DiBattista, M.L. Berumen, L.A. Rocha, B.W. Bowen. Phylogeography of Indo‐Pacific reef fishes: sister wrasses Coris gaimard and C. cuvieri in the Red Sea, Indian Ocean and Pacific Ocean. Journal of Biogeography, online early.

90. Waldrop, E., J.P. Hobbs, J.E. Randall, J.D. DiBattista, L.A. Rocha, R.K. Kosaki, M.L. Berumen, B.W. Bowen. Phylogeography, population structure and evolution of coral-eating butterflyfishes (Family Chaetodontidae, genus Chaetodon, subgenus Corallochaetodon). Journal of Biogeography, online early.

89. Pinheiro, H.T., G. Bernardi, L. A. Rocha (2016) Pempheris gasparinii, a new species of sweeper fish from Trindade Island, southwestern Atlantic (Teleostei, Pempheridae). Zookeys 561: 105-115.

88. Pinheiro, H.T., G. Goodbody-Gringley, M. E. Jessup, B. Shepherd, A. D. Chequer and L. A. Rocha (2016) Upper and lower mesophotic coral reef fish communities evaluated by underwater visual censuses in two Caribbean locations. Coral Reefs, online early.

87. Gaither, M.R., B.W. Bowen, L.A. Rocha and J.C. Briggs (2016) Fishes that rule the world: circumtropical distributions revisited. Fish and Fisheries, online early.

86. DiBattista, J., J.H. Choat, M. R. Gaither, J-P. A. Hobbs, D.F. Lozano-Cortes, R. F. Myers, G. Paulay, L.A. Rocha, R.J. Toonen, M.W. Westneat, and M.L. Berumen (2016) On the origin of endemic species in the Red Sea. Journal of Biogeography 43(1): 13-30.

85. Pinheiro, H.T., F. DiDario, L.C. Gerhardinger, M.R.S. Melo, R.L. Moura, R.E. Reis, F. Vieira, J. Zuanon, L.A. Rocha. Brazilian aquatic biodiversity in peril. Science 350(6264): 1043-1044.

84. Fernandez-Silva, I., J.E. Randall, R.R. Coleman, J.D. DiBattista, L.A. Rocha, J.D. Reimer, C.G. Meyer C.G., and B.W. Bowen (2015) Yellow tails in a Red Sea: Phylogeography of the Indo-Pacific goatfish Mulloidichthys flavolineatus reveals isolation in peripheral provinces and cryptic evolutionary lineages. Journal of Biogeography 42(12): 2402-2413.

83. DiBattista, J., E. Walldrop, L.A. Rocha, M.T. Craig, M.L. Berumen, and B.W. Bowen (2015) Blinded by the bright: a lack of congruence between colour morphs, phylogeography and taxonomy for a cosmopolitan Indo-Pacific butterflyfish, Chaetodon auriga. Journal of Biogeography 42: 1919-1929.

82. Gaither, M.R., M.A. Bernal, I. Fernandez-Silva, M. Mwale, S.A. Jones, C.R. Rocha, and L.A. Rocha (2015) Two deep evolutionary lineages in the circumtropical glasseye Heteropriacanthus cruentatus (Teleostei, Priacanthidae) with admixture in the south-western Indian Ocean. Journal of Fish Biology 87(3): 715-727.

81. Pinheiro, M.A.A., C.B.M. Alves, H. Boos, F. DiDario, C.A. Figueiredo, F.L. Fredou, R.P.T. Lessa, M.M. Mincarone, C.N.M. Polaz, R.E. Reis, L.A. Rocha, R.A. Santos, S.B. Santos, M. Vianna and F. Vieira (2015) Conservar a fauna aquática para garantir a produção pesqueira. Ciência e Cultura 67(3): 56-59.

80. DiBattista, J., L.A. Rocha, J.P. Hobbs, H. Song, M. Priest, T. Sinclair-Taylor, B.W. Bowen, and M. Berumen (2015) When biogeographic provinces collide: hybridisation of reef fishes at the crossroads of three marine biogeographic provinces in the Arabian Sea. Journal of Biogeography, online early.

79. Rocha, L.A., C.R. Rocha, C. Baldwin, L.A. Weigt, M. McField (2015) Invasive Lionfish preying on critically endangered reef fish. Coral Reefs, online early.

78. Ferreira, C.E.L., O.J. Luiz, S.R. Floeter, M.B. Lucena, M.C. Barbosa, C.R. Rocha and L.A. Rocha (2015) First record of invasive lionfish (Pterois volitans) in the Brazilian coast. PLOS ONE 10(4): e0123002.

77. Gaither, M., M. Bernal, R. Coleman, B. Bowen, S. Jones, W.B. Simison, and L.A. Rocha (2015) Genomic signatures of geographic isolation and natural selection in coral reef fishes. Molecular Ecology 24(7): 1543-1557.

76. Bernal, M.A., S.R. Floeter, M.R. Gaither, G.O. Longo, R. Morais, C.E.L. Ferreira, M.A. Vermeij and L.A. Rocha (2015) High prevalence of dermal parasites among coral reef fishes of Curaçao. Marine Biodiversity Records, online early.

75. Di Dario, F., C.B.M. Alves, H. Boos, F.L. Frédou, R.P.T. Lessa, M.M. Mincarone, M.A.A. Pinheiro, C.N.M. Polaz, R.E. Reis, L.A. Rocha, F.M. Santana, R.A. Santos, S.B. Santos, M. Vianna, F. Vieira (2015) A better way forward for Brazil's fisheries. Science 347: 1079.

74. Pinheiro, H.T., E. Mazzei, R.L. Moura, G.M. Amado-Filho, A. Carvalho-Filho, A.C. Braga, P.A.S. Costa, B.P. Ferreira, C.E.L. Ferreira, S.R. Floeter, R.B. Francini-Filho, J.L. Gasparini, R.M. Macieira, A.S. Martins, G. Olavo, C.R. Pimentel, L.A. Rocha, I. Sazima, T. Simon, J.B. Teixeira, L.B. Xavier, J.-C. Joyeux (2015) Fish biodiversity of the Vitória-Trindade Seamount Chain, southwestern Atlantic: an updated database. PLOS ONE 10(3): e0118180.

73. Ludt, W.B. and L. A. Rocha (2015) Shifting Seas: the impacts of Pleistocene sea level fluctuations on the evolution of tropical marine taxa. Journal of Biogeography 42:25-38.

72. Ludt, W., L.A. Rocha, M.V. Erdmann, P. Chackrabarty (2015) Skipping across the tropics: the evolutionary history of sawtail surgeonfishes (Acanthuridae: Prionurus). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 84: 166-172.

71. Bernal, M.A., N.L. Sinai, C.R. Rocha, M.R. Gaither, F. Dunker and L.A. Rocha (2015) Long-term sperm storage in the Brownbanded Bamboo Shark Chiloscyllium punctatum. Journal of Fish Biology, online early.

70. Rocha, L. A., et al. (2014) Specimen collection: An essential tool. Science 344: 814-815.

69. Selkoe, K. A., O. E. Gaggiotti, K. Andrews, M. A. Bernal, C. Bird, H. Bolick, I. Baums, R. Coleman, G. T. Concepcion, M. T. Craig, J. D. DiBattista, J. Eble, I. Fernandez-Silva, M. R. Gaither, M. Iacchei, N. R. Polato, M. A. Rivera, L. A. Rocha, D. Skillings, M. Timmers, Z. Szabo, B. W. Bowen, R. J. Toonen (2014) Emergent patterns of population genetic structure for a coral reef community. Molecular Ecology 23: 3064-3079.

68. Costa, T. J. F., H. T. Pinheiro, J. B. Teixeira, E. F. Mazzei, L. Bueno, M. Hora, J-C. Joyeux, A. Carvalho-Filho, G. amado-Filho, C. L. S. Sampaio, L. A. Rocha (2014) Expansion of an invasive coral species over Abrolhos Bank, Southwestern Atlantic. Marine Pollution Bulletin 85: 252-253.

67. Gaither, M., J. K. Schultuz, D. R. Bellwood, R. L. Pyle, J. D. DiBattista, L. A. Rocha and B. W. Bowen (2014) Evolution of pygmy angelfishes: recent divergences, introgression, and the usefulness of color in taxonomy. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 74: 38-47.

66. Szabó, Z., B. Snelgrove, M. T. Craig, L. A. Rocha and B. W. Bowen (2014) Phylogeography of the Manybar Goatfish, Parupeneus multifasciatus, reveals isolation of the Hawaiian archipelago and a cryptic endemic lineage in the Marquesas. Bulletin of Marine Science 90(1): 493-512.

65. Bowen, B. W., K. Shanker, N. Yasuda, M. C. Malay, S. von der Heyden, G. Paulay, L. A. Rocha, K. A. Selkoe, P. H. Barber, S. T. Williams, H. A. Lessios, E. D. Crandall, G. Bernardi, C. P. Meyer, K. E. Carpenter and R. J. Toonen (2014) Phylogeography Unplugged: Comparative geographic surveys in the genomic era. Bulletin of Marine Science 90(1): 13-46.

64. Rocha, L. A. (2013) Review of Reef Fishes of the East Indies, Volumes I-III, Gerald R. Allen and Mark V. Erdmann, 2012. Copeia 2013(3): 567-568.

63. Gaither, M. R. and L. A. Rocha (2013) Origins of species richness in the Indo-Malay-Philippine biodiversity hotspot: evidence for the centre of overlap hypothesis. Journal of Biogeography 40: 1638-1648.

62. Bowen, B. W., L. A. Rocha, R. J. Toonen, S. A. Karl, M. T. Craig, J. D. DiBattista, J. A. Eble, M. R. Gaither, D. Skillings, C. J. Bird (2013) The origins of tropical marine biodiversity. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 28(6): 359-366 [Featured on journal cover]

61. Rocha, L. A., Bernal, M. A., Gaither, M. R. and M. E. Alfaro (2013) Massively parallel DNA sequencing: the new frontier in biogeography. Frontiers in Biogeography 5(1): 67-77.

60. Luiz, O. J., S. R. Floeter, L. A. Rocha and C. E. L. Ferreira (2013) Perspectives for the lionfish invasion in the South Atlantic: Are Brazilian reefs protected by the currents? Marine Ecology Progress Series 485: 1-7. [Feature article]

59. DiBattista, J. D., M. Berumen, M. Gaither, L. A. Rocha, J. H. Choat, D. J. Skillings, B. W. Bowen (2013) After continents divide: Comparative phylogeography of reef fishes from the Red Sea and Indian Ocean. Journal of Biogeography 40(6): 1170-1181.

58. Rocha, L. A. (2012) Review of Groupers of the World: A Field and Market Guide, M. T. Craig, Y. S. de Mitcheson and P. C. Heemstra, 2011. Copeia 2012(4): 767-768.

57. Quimbayo, J. P., S. R. Floeter, R. Noguchi, C. A. Rangel, J. L. Gasparini, C. L. S. Sampaio, C. E. Ferreira, L. A. Rocha (2012) Cleaning mutualism in Santa Luzia (Cape Verde Archipelago) and São Tomé Islands, Tropical Eastern Atlantic. Marine Biodiversity Records 5: e118.

56. Harborne, H., H. Jelks, W. F. Smith-Vaniz and L. A. Rocha (2012) Abiotic and biotic controls of cryptobenthic fish assemblages across a Caribbean seascape. Coral Reefs 31: 977-990.

55. DiBattista, J. D., L. A. Rocha, M. T. Craig, K. A. Feldheim and B. W. Bowen (2012) Phylogeography of two closely related Indo-Pacific butterflyfish reveal divergent evolutionary histories and discordant results from mtDNA and microsatellites. Journal of Heredity 103(5): 617-629.

54. Comeros-Raynal, M.T., J. H. Choat, B. E. Polidoro, K. D. Clements, R. Abesamis, A. Candido, E. Capuli, S. Conales Jr., M. T. Craig, M. E. Lazuardi, J. McIlwain, A. Muljadi, R. F. Myers, C. Nañola Jr, S. Pardede, P. Rahardjo, L. A. Rocha, B. Russell, J. C. Sanciangco, B. Stockwell, H. Harwell and K. E. Carpenter (2012) The likelihood of extinction of iconic and dominant components of coral reefs: the parrotfishes and surgeonfishes. PLoS ONE 7(6): e39825.

53. Ludt, W. B., M. Bernal, B. W. Bowen and L. A. Rocha (2012) Living in the past: Phylogeography and population histories of Indo-Pacific Wrasses (Genus Halichoeres) in shallow lagoons versus outer reef slopes. PLoS ONE 7(6):e38042.

52. DiBattista, J. D., E. Waldrop, B. W. Bowen, J. K. Schultz, M. Gaither and L. A. Rocha (2012) Twisted sister species of Pygmy Angelfishes: Discordance between taxonomy, coloration, and phylogenetics. Coral Reefs. 31: 839-851.

51. de Mitcheson, Y. S., M. T. Craig, A. A. Bertoncini, A. Cabanban, K. E. Carpenter, W. Cheung, J. H. Choat, A. S. Cornish, S. T. Fenessy, B. P. Ferreira, P. C. Heemstra, M. Liu, R. F. Myers, D. A. Pollard, K. L. Rhodes, L. A. Rocha, B. Russel, M. A. Samoilys and J. Sanciangco (2013) Fishing groupers towards extinction: A global assessment of threats and extinction risks in a billion dollar fishery. Fish and Fisheries 14(2): 119-136.

50. Rocha, L. A., Ross, R. and G. Korp (2012) Opportunistic mimicry by a Jawfish. Coral Reefs 31: 285.

49. Rocha, L. A., Brito, A. and D. R. Robertson (2012) Sparisoma choati, a new species of Parrotfish (Labridae: Scarinae) from the tropical eastern Atlantic. Zootaxa 3152: 61-67.

48. Luiz, O. J., J. S. Madin, D. R. Robertson, L. A. Rocha, P. Wirtz and S. R. Floeter (2012) Ecological traits influencing range expansion across large oceanic dispersal barriers: insights from tropical Atlantic reef fishes. Proceedings of the Royal Society, B. 279: 1033-1040.

47. Gaither, M. R., B. W. Bowen, T. R. Bordenave, L. A. Rocha, S. J. Newman, J. A. Gomez, L. van Herwerden, L. and M. T. Craig (2011) Phylogeography of the reef fish Cephalopholis argus (Epinephelidae) indicates Pleistocene isolation across the Indo-Pacific Barrier with contemporary overlap in the Coral Triangle. BMC Evolutionary Biology 2011, 11: 189.

46. Sanciango, M. D., L. A. Rocha and K. E. Carpenter (2011) A molecular phylogeny of the Grunts (Perciformes: Haemulidae) inferred using mitochondrial and nuclear genes. Zootaxa 2966: 37-50.

45. Bernal, M. and L. A. Rocha (2011) Acanthurus tractus Poey, 1860, a valid western Atlantic species of surgeonfish (Teleostei, Acanthuridae), distinct from Acanthurus bahianus Castelnau, 1855. Zootaxa 2905: 63-68.

44. DiBattista, J.D., C. Wilcox, M.T. Craig, L.A. Rocha, and B.W. Bowen (2011) Phylogeography of the Pacific blueline surgeonfish, Acanthurus nigroris, reveals high genetic connectivity and a cryptic endemic species in the Hawaiian Archipelago. Journal of Marine Biology 2011: 1-17; Article ID 839134.

43. Eble, J.A., L.A. Rocha, M.T. Craig, and B.W. Bowen (2010) Not all larvae stay close to home: Insights into marine population connectivity with a focus on the Brown Surgeonfish (Acanthurus nigrofuscus). Journal of Marine Biology 2010: 1-12; Article ID 518516.

42. Rocha, L.A., H.T. Pinheiro and J.L. Gasparini (2010) Description of Halichoeres rubrovirens, a new species of wrasse (Labridae: Perciformes) from the Trindade and Martin Vaz Island group, southeastern Brazil, with a preliminary mtDNA molecular phylogeny of New World Halichoeres. Zootaxa 2422: 22-30.

41. Randall, J. E. and L. A. Rocha (2009) Halichoeres claudia sp. nov., a new Indo-Pacific wrasse (Perciformes: Labridae), the fourth species of the H. ornatissimus complex. Zoological Studies 48(5): 709-718.

40. Randall, J. E. and L. A. Rocha (2009) Chaetodontoplus poliourus, a new angelfish (Perciformes:Pomacanthidae) from the tropical western Pacific. Raffles Bulletin of Zoology 57(2): 511-520.

39. Luiz Jr., O. J., C. E. L. Ferreira and L. A. Rocha (2009) Halichoeres sazimai, a new species ofwrasse (Perciformes: Labridae) from the Western South Atlantic. Zootaxa 2092: 37-46.

38. Lobel, P. L., L. A. Rocha and J. E. Randall (2009) The color phases and distribution of the western Atlantic labrid fish, Halichoeres socialis. Copeia 2009(1): 171-174.

37. Rocha, L. A. and B. W. Bowen (2008) Speciation in coral reef fishes. Journal of Fish Biology 72(5): 1101-1121.

36. Rocha, L. A., K. C. Lindeman, C. R. Rocha and H. A. Lessios (2008) Historical biogeography and speciation in the reef fish genus Haemulon (Teleostei: Haemulidae). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 48: 918-928.

35. Randall, J. E., J. T. Williams and L. A. Rocha (2008) The Indo-Pacific tetraodontid fish Canthigaster coronata, a complex of three species. Smithiana 9: 3-13.

34. Rocha, L. A., C. R. Rocha, D. R. Robertson and B. W. Bowen (2008) Comparative phylogeography of Atlantic reef fishes indicates both origin and accumulation of diversity in the Caribbean. BMC Evolutionary Biology 8: 157.

33. Randall, J. E., J. L. Earle and L. A. Rocha. (2008) Xyrichtys pastellus, a new razorfish from the southwest Pacific, with discussion of the related X. sciistius and X. woodi. aqua, Journal of Ichthyology 14(3): 149-158.

32. Floeter, S. R., L. A. Rocha, D. R. Robertson, J. C. Joyeux, W. S. Smith-Vaniz, P. Wirtz, A. J. Edwards, J. P. Barreiros, C. E. L. Ferreira, J. L. Gasparini, A. Brito, J. M. Falcon, B. W. Bowen and G. Bernardi (2008) Atlantic reef fish biogeography and evolution. Journal of Biogeography. 35: 22-47.

31. Rocha, L. A., M. T. Craig and B. W. Bowen (2007) Phylogeography and the conservation of coral reef fishes. Coral Reefs 26(3): 501-512.

30. Weaver, D. and L. A. Rocha* (2007) A new Halichoeres (Labridae) from the Western Gulf of Mexico. Copeia 2007(4): 798-897.

29.Wirtz, P., C. E. L. Ferreira, S. R. Floeter, R. Fricke, J. L. Gasparini, T. Iwamoto, L. A. Rocha, C. L. Sampaio and U. Schliewen (2007) Coastal Fishes of São Tomé and Príncipe – an update. Zootaxa 1523: 1-48.

28. Bowen, B. W., A. Muss, L. A. Rocha and W. S. Grant (2006) Shallow mtDNA coalescence in Atlantic pygmy angelfish (genus Centropyge) indicates a recent invasion from the Indian Ocean. Journal of Heredity 97(1): 1-12. [Featured on journal cover]

27. Smith-Vaniz, W. F., H. L. Jelks and L. A. Rocha (2006) Relevance of cryptic fishes in biodiversity assessments: a case study at Buck Island Reef National Monument, St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands. Bulletin of Marine Science 79(1): 17-48.

26. Rocha, L. A., D. R. Robertson, J. Roman and B. W. Bowen (2005) Ecological speciation in tropical reef fishes. Proceedings of the Royal Society, B 272: 573-579. [Featured on journal cover]

25. Rocha, L. A., D. R. Robertson, C. R. Rocha, J. L. Van Tassell, M. Craig and B. W. Bowen (2005) Recent invasion of the tropical Atlantic by an Indo-Pacific coral reef fish. Molecular Ecology 14: 3921-3928. [Fast-Track]

24. Feitoza, B. M., R. S. Rosa and L. A. Rocha* (2005) Ecology and zoogeography of deep reef fishes in northeastern Brazil. Bulletin of Marine Science 76: 725-742.

23. Rocha, L. A. (2004) Mitochondrial DNA and color pattern variation in three western AtlanticHalichoeres (Labridae), with the revalidation of two species. Copeia 2004(4): 770-782.

22. Guimarães, R. Z. P., J. L. Gasparini and L. A. Rocha (2004) A new cleaner goby of the genus Elacatinus (Teleostei: Gobiidae) from Trindade Island, off Brazil. Zootaxa 770: 1-8.

21. Rocha, L. A (2003) Patterns of distribution and processes of speciation in Brazilian reef fishes. Journal of Biogeography 30(8): 1161-1171.

20. Feitoza, B. M., L. A. Rocha*, O. J. Luiz-Junior, S. R. Floeter and J. L. Gasparini (2003) Reef fishes of St. Paul’s Rocks: new records and notes on biology and zoogeography. Aqua, Journal of Ichthyology 7(2): 61-82.

19. Ramos, R. T. C., C. Rocha and L. A. Rocha* (2003) New species of Emblemaria (Teleostei: Chaenopsidae) from Northern Brazil. Copeia 2003(1): 95-98.

18. Rocha, L. A., A. L. Bass, D. R. Robertson and B. W. Bowen (2002) Adult habitat preferences, larval dispersal and the comparative phylogeography of three Atlantic Acanthurus (Teleostei: Acanthuridae). Molecular Ecology 11(2): 243-252.

17. Feitoza, B. M., L. A. Rocha, J. L. Gasparini and T. L. Dias (2002) First record of cleaning activity in the slippery dick, Halichoeres bivittatus (Perciformes: Labridae) off northeastern Brazil. Aqua, Journal of Ichthyology 5(2): 73-76.

16. Bowen, B. W., A. L. Bass, L. A. Rocha, W. S. Grant and D. R. Robertson (2001) Phylogeography of the trumpetfish (Aulostomus): Ring species complex on a global scale? Evolution 55(5): 1029- 1039.

15. Rocha, L. A. and I. L. Rosa (2001) Baseline assessment of reef fish assemblages of Parcel Manuel Luiz Marine State Park, Maranhão, north-east Brazil. Journal of Fish Biology 58: 985-998.

14. Rocha, L. A. and R. S. Rosa (2001) Halichoeres brasiliensis (Bloch, 1791), a valid wrasse species (Teleostei: Labridae) from Brazil, with notes on the Caribbean species Halichoeres radiatus (Linnaeus, 1758). Aqua, Journal of Ichthyology 4(4): 161-166.

13. Rocha, L. A., Guimaraes, R. Z. and J. L. Gasparini (2001) Redescription of the Brazilian wrasse Thalassoma noronhanum (Boulenger, 1890) (Teleostei: Labridae). Aqua, Journal of Ichthyology 4(3): 105-108.

12. Floeter, S. R., R. Z. P. Guimarães, L. A. Rocha, C. E. L. Ferreira, C. A. Rangel and J. L. Gasparini (2001) Geographic variation in reef-fish assemblages along the Brazilian coast. Global Ecology and Biogeography 10(4): 423-432.

11. Gasparini, J. L., L. A. Rocha* and S. R. Floeter (2001) A new Ptereleotris (TELEOSTEI: MICRODESMIDAE) from the Brazilian coast. Aqua, Journal of Ichthyology 4(3): 109-114.

10. Guimarães, R. Z., J. L. Gasparini, C. E. Ferreira, L. A. Rocha, S. R. Floeter, C. A. Rangel and G. W. Nunan (2001) Brazilian reef fishes: threatened and unknown richness. Ciencia Hoje 28(168): 16-23. [Featured on journal cover] [In Portuguese]

9. Rocha, L. A., I. L. Rosa and B. M. Feitoza (2000) Sponge dwelling fishes of northeastern Brazil.Environmental Biology of Fishes 59(4): 453-458.

8. Rocha, L. A. (2000) Aggressive behavior of male Spanish hogfish (Bodianus rufus), in northeastern Brazil. Coral Reefs 19: 184.

7. Rocha, L. A. and I. L. Rosa (1999) New Species of Haemulon (TELEOSTEI: HAEMULIDAE) from the Northeastern Brazilian Coast. Copeia 1999: 447-452.

6. Rocha, L. A., I. L. Rosa and R. S. Rosa (1998) Reef fishes from the coast of Paraíba, Brazil. Revista Brasileira de Zoologia 15: 553-566. [In Portuguese, with abstract in English]

5. Rosa, R. S., I. L. Rosa and L. A. Rocha (1997) Diversity of the tide pool ichthyofauna from Cabo Branco Beach, João Pessoa, Paraíba, Brazil. Revista Brasileira de Zoologia 14: 201-212. [In Portuguese, with abstract in English]

Invited Book Chapters

4. Sampaio, C. L. S., Carvalho-Filho, A., Feitoza, B. M., Ferreira, C. E. L., Floeter, S. R., Gasparini, J. L., Rocha, L. A. and Sazima, I. (2006) Threatened and endemic reef fishes from the Brazilian oceanic islands and the Abrolhos reef complex. In: R. J. V. Alves and J. W. A. Castro eds. Ilhas Oceânicas Brasileiras – Da Pesquisa ao Manejo. Brasília, MMA, SBF, pp. 217-234. [in Portuguese]

3. Rocha, L. A. (2006) Family Acanthuridae. In: Carpenter, K.E. ed. FAO Species Identification Guide for Fishery Purposes. The Living Marine Resources of the Eastern Central Atlantic. Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Rome, Italy. In press.

2. Rocha, L. A. (2006) Family Cirrhitidae. In: Carpenter, K.E. ed. FAO Species Identification Guide for Fishery Purposes. The Living Marine Resources of the Eastern Central Atlantic. Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Rome, Italy. In press.

1. Rocha, L. A. (2002) Brazilian Reef Fishes. In: Humann, P and N. Deloach eds. Reef FishIdentification, 3rd edn. New World Publications, Jacksonville, pp. 462-479.


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