Jörg Freyhof


Müggelseedamm 310, 12587 Berlin

  • Urbane Gewässer
  • Biodiversität
  • Fischökologie

September 2016 – May 2019

Scientist at the Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries, Berlin

March 2014August 2016

Executive Director of the Group of Earth Observations - Biodiversity Observation Network (GEO BON) at the German Center for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv)

April 2011 – February 2014

Coordinator of the Fish Work Package in the SAW project Freshwater Diversity Identification for Europe (FREDIE)

March 2010 – February 2014

Working coordinator of the EU project BioFresh

June 2000 – April 2014

Research scientist at the Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries, Berlin

  • Diversity, systematics and conservation of Eurasian freshwater fishes
  • Ecology and natural history of postglacial evolving fish species pairs 
  • Ecology of fish communities in large rivers

June 1993 - Mai 2000

Research assistant at the Zoological Research Institute and Museum Alexander Koenig, Bonn Collection management assistant and head of research projects:

  • Diversity and perspectives of sustainable use of the fish fauna in the Central Mountain massifs of Vietnam
  • Long-term fluctuations of fish-community structures in the River Rhine basin

Participating in research project:

  • Freshwater fishes of the Rumpi hills, Western Cameroon (GTZ)

June 1993 - September 1997

doctorate in Zoology at the University of Bonn

  • Habitat structures and fish communities in the Rivers Sieg, Germany

February 1993

Diploma in Biology (Zoology) at the University of Bonn

  • Habitat choice of 0+cyprinids in the Rivers Sieg, Germany



Jasminca Behrmann-Godel; Arne W. Nolte; Joachim Kreiselmaier; Roland Berka; Jörg Freyhof

The first European cave fish

Current Biology. - 27(2017)7, R257-R258



M. F. Geiger; F. Herder; M. T. Monaghan; V. Almada; R. Barbieri; M. Bariche; P. Berrebi; J. Bohlen; M. Casal-Lopez; G. B. Delmastro; G. P. J. Denys; A. Dettal; I. Doadrio; E. Kalogianni; H. Kärst; M. Kottelat; M. Kovacić; M. Laporte; M. Lorenzoni; Z. Marcić; M. Özulig; A. Perdices; S. Perea; H. Persat; S. Porcelotti; C. Puzzi; J. Robalo; R. Sanda; M. Schneider; V. Slechtová; M. Stoumboudi; S. Walter; J. Freyhof

Spatial heterogeneity in the Mediterranean biodiversity hotspot affects barcoding accuracy of its freshwater fishes

Molecular Ecology Resources. - 14(2014)6, S. 1210-1221


Hamid Reza Esmaeili; Hashem Malekzehi; Abdolrahim Pazira; Jörg Freyhof

First record of the Kalabans, Bangana dero (Hamilton, 1822), from Iran (Teleostei: Cyprinidae)

Zoology in the Middle East. - 59(2013)1, S. 89-91

Kiavash Golzarianpour; Asghar Abdoli; Rahman Patimar; Jörg Freyhof

Turcinoemacheilus hafezi, a new loach from the Zagroz Mountains, Iran (Teleostei: Nemacheilidae)

Ichthyological Exploration of Freshwaters. - 24(2013)1, S. 41-48

Radka Symonová; Zuzana Majtánova; Alexandr Sember; Georg B. O. Staaks; Jörg Bohlen; Jörg Freyhof; Marie Rábová; Petr Ráb

Genome differentiation in a species pair of coregonine fishes

BMC Evolutionary Biology. - 13(2013)42

H. M. Pereira; S. Ferrier; M. Walters; G. N. Geller; R. H. G. Jongman; R. J. Scholes; M. W. Bruford; N. Brummitt; S. H. M. Butchart; A. C. Cardoso; N. C. Coops; E. Dulloo; D. P. Faith; J. Freyhof; R. D. Gregory; C. Heip; R. Höft; G. Hurtt; W. Jetz; D. S. Karp; M. A. McGeoch; D. Obura; Y. Onoda; N. Pettorelli; B. Reyers; R. Sayre; J. P. W. Scharlemann; S. N. Stuart; E. Turak; M. Walpole; M. Wegmann

Essential biodiversity variables

Science. - 339(2013)6117, S. 277-278


Lei Yang; M. Arunachalam; Tetsuya Sado; Boris A. Levin; Alexander S. Golubtsov; Jörg Freyhof; John P. Friel K; Wei-Jen Chen; M. Vincent Hirt; Raja Manickam; Mary K. Agnew; Andrew M. Simons; Kenji Saitoh; Masaki Miya; Richard L. Mayden; Shunping He

Molecular phylogeny of the cyprinid tribe Labeonini (Teleostei: Cypriniformes)

Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. - 65(2012)2, S. 362-379


Hamid Reza Esmaeili; Ali Gholamifard; Jörg Freyhof

Ichthyofauna of Zarivar lake (Iran) with the first records of Hemiculter leucisculus and Alburnus hohenackeri in the Tigris drainage

Electronic journal of ichthyology. - 7(2011)1 S. 1-6

Müfit Özulug; Jörg Freyhof

Revision of the genus Squalius in Western and Central Anatolia, with description of four new species (Teleostei: Cyprinidae)

Ichthyological exploration of freshwaters. - 22(2011)2, S. 107-148

Kiavash Golzarianpour; Asghar Abdoli; Jörg Freyhof

Oxynoemacheilus kiabii, a new loach from Karkheh River drainage, Iran (Teleostei: Nemacheilidae)

Ichthyological exploration of freshwaters. - 22(2011)3, S. 201-208

Jörg Freyhof; Füsun Erk'akan; Cevher Özeren; Anabel Perdices

An overview of the western Palaearctic loach genus Oxynoemacheilus (Teleostei: Nemacheilidae)

Ichthyological exploration of freshwaters. - 22(2011)4, S. 301-312

Jörg Freyhof

Diversity and distribution of freshwater gobies from the Mediterranean, the Black and Caspian Seas

The biology of gobies / Patzner, R. A. ... (eds.). - Enfield, New Hampshire, 2011. - S. 279-288


Silvia Perea; Madelaine Böhme; Primoz Zupancic; Jörg Freyhof; Radekk Sanda; Müfit Özulug; Asghar Abdoli; Ignacio Doadrio

Phylogenetic relationships and biogeographical patterns in Circum-Mediterranean subfamily Leuciscinae (Teleostei, Cyprinidae) inferred from both mitochondrial and nuclear data

BMC evolutionary biology. - 10(2010)265

Jörg Freyhof; Müfit Özulug

Pseudophoxinus hittitorum, a new species of spring minnow from Cental Anatolia (Teleostei: Cyprinidae)

Ichthyological exploration of freshwaters. - 21(2010)3, S. 239-245

Wolf-Christian Lewin; Jörg Freyhof; Volker Huckstorf; Thomas Mehner; Christian Wolter

When no catches matter

Ecological indicators. - 10(2010)3, S. 572-583

Thomas Mehner; Kirsten Pohlmann; Che Elkin; Michael T. Monaghan; Barbara Nitz; Jörg Freyhof

Genetic population structure of sympatric and allopatric populations of Baltic ciscoes (Coregonus albula complex, Teleostei, Coregonidae)

BMC evolutionary biology. - 10(2010)85


Kiavash Golzarianpour; Asghar Abdoli; Bahram H. Kiabi; Jörg Freyhof

First record of the freshwater loach, Turcinoemacheilus kosswigi (Banarescu and Nalbant, 1964), from Iran (Karoun drainage)

Zoology in the Middle East. - 47(2009), S. 57-62

by Kai Borkenhagen; Jörg Freyhof

New records of the Levantine endemic cichlid Tristramella simonis from Syria

Cybium. - 33(2009)4, S. 335-336

Jörg Freyhof; Müfit Özulug

Pseudophoxinus evliyae, a new species of spring minnow from Western Anatolia with remarks on the distribution of P. ninae and the systematic position of P. fahirae (Teleostei: Cyprinidae)

Ichthyological exploration of freshwaters. - 20(2009)4, S. 309-318

Jörg Freyhof; Müfit Özulug

Pseudophoxinus fahrettini, a new species of spring minnow from Cental Anatolia (Teleostei: Cyprinidae)

Ichthyological exploration of freshwaters. - 20(2009)4, S. 325-332

Nicholas J. Lang; Kevin J. Roe; Claude B. Renaud; Howard S. Gill; Ian C. Potter; Jörg Freyhof; Alexander M. Naseka; Philip Cochran; Hector Espinosa Pérez; Evelyn M. Habit; Bernard R. Kuhajda; David A. Neely; Yuri S. Reshetnikov; Vladimir B. Salnikov; Maria Th. Stoumboudi; Richard L. Mayden

Novel relationships among Lampreys (Petromyzontiformes) revealed by a taxonomically comprehensive molecular data set

Bethesda, 2009. - (American Fisheries Society symposium ; 72). - S. 41-55

Christian Schröter; Müfit Özulug; Jörg Freyhof

Capoeta caelestis, a new species from Göksu River, Turkey (Teleostei: Cyprinidae)

Ichthyological exploration of freshwaters. - 20(2009)3, S. 229-236

Jörg Freyhof

Rote Liste der im Süßwasser reproduzierenden Neunaugen und Fische (Cyclostomata & Pisces)

Naturschutz und biologische Vielfalt. - 70(2009)1, S. 291-316

M. Kottelat & J. Freyhof

Notes on the taxonomy and nomenclature of some European freshwater fishes

Ichthyological exploration of freshwaters. - 20(2009)1, S. 75-90


Müfit Özulug; Jörg Freyhof

Capoeta turani, e new species of barbel from River Seyhan, Turkey (Teleostei: Cyprinidae)

Ichthyological exploration of freshwaters. - 19(2008)4, S. 289-296

Heok Hee Ng; Jörg Freyhof

Two new species of Glyptothorax (Teleostei: Sisoridae) from central Vietnam

Zootaxa. - 1873(2008), S. 11-25

Jörg Freyhof; Björn Stelbrink; Müfit Özulug; Panos S. Economidis

First record of Cobitis puncticulata from Europe with comments on its conservation status (Teleostei: Cobitidae)

Folia zoologica. - 57(2008)1-2, S. 16-19

Jörg Bohlen; Jörg Freyhof; Arne Nolte

Sex ratio and body size in Cobitis elongatoides and Sabanejewia balcanica (Cypriniformes, Cobitidae) from a thermal spring

Folia zoologica. - 57(2008)1-2, S. 191-197

Ingeborg Palm Helland; Chris Harrod; Jörg Freyhof; Thomas Mehner

Co-existence of a pair of pelagic planktivorous coregonid fishes

Evolutionary ecology research. - 10(2008), S. 373-390


Müfit Özulug; Jörg Freyhof

Alburnus demiri, a new species of bleak from Western Anatolia, Turkey (Teleostei: Cyprinidae)

Ichthyological exploration of freshwaters. - 18(2007)4, S. 307-312

Maurice Kottelat; Jörg Freyhof

Pelasgus, a new genus name for the Balkan species of Pseudophoxinus (Teleostei: Cyprinidae)

Ichthyological exploration of freshwaters. - 18(2007)2, S. 103-108

Heok Hee Ng; Jörg Freyhof

Pseudobagrus nubilosus, a new species of catfish from central Vietnam (Teleostei: Bagridae), with notes on the validity of Pelteobagrus and Pseudobagrus

Ichthyological exploration of freshwaters. - 18(2007)1, S. 9-16

Richard L. Mayden; Kevin L. Tang; Kevin W. Conway; Jörg Freyhof; Sarah Chamberlain; Miranda Haskins; Leah Schneider; Mitchell Sudkamp; Robert M. Wood; Mary Agnew; Angelo Bufalino; Zorah Sulaiman; Masaki Miya; Kenji Saitoh; Shunping He

Phylogenetic relationships of Danio within the order Cypriniformes

Journal of experimental zoology. - 308 B(2007)5, S.642-654


Jörg Bohlen; Vendula Slechtová; Nina Bogutskaya; Jörg Freyhof

Across Siberia and over Europe

Molecular phylogenetics and evolution. - 40(2006)3, S. 856-865


Christian Wolter; Jörg Freyhof

Die Fischbesiedelung des Oder-Einzugsgebietes

Nationalpark-Jahrbuch Unteres Odertal. - 2(2005), S. 37-63

M. Kottelat; N. G. Bogutskaya; J. Freyhof

On the migratory Black Sea lamprey and the nomenclature of the ludoga, Peipsi and ripus whitefishes (Agnatha: Petromyzontidae; Teleostei: Coregonidae)

Zoosystematica Rossica. - 14(2005)1, S. 181-186

by G. H. Copp; P. G. Bianco; N. G. Bogutskaya; T. Erös; I. Falka; M. T. Ferreira; M. G. Fox; J. Freyhof; R. E. Gozlan; J. Grabowska; V. Kovác; R. Moreno-Amich; A. M. Naseka; M. Penáz; M. Povz; M. Przybylski; M. Robillard; I. C. Russell; S. Stakenas; S. Sumer; A. Vila-Gispert; C. Wiesner...

To be, or not to be, a non-native freshwater fish?

Journal of applied ichthyology. - 21(2005)4, S. 242-262

Jörg Bohlen; Jörg Freyhof; Christian Wolter

First records of Cobitis elongatoides and Sabanejewia baltica (Cobitidae) for Germany

Cybium. - 29(2005)2, S. 179-183

Heok Hee Ng; Jörg Freyhof

A new species of Pseudomystus (Teleostei: Bagridae) from Central Vietnam

Copeia. - (2005)4, S. 745-750

Jörg Freyhof; Dietmar Lieckgeldt; Christian Pitra; Arne Ludwig

Molecules and morphology

Molecular phylogenetics and evolution. - 37(2005)2, S. 347-354

Jörg Freyhof; Alexander M. Naseka

Gobio delyamurei, a new gudgeon from Crimea, Ukraine (Teleostei: Cyprinidae)

Ichthyological exploration of freshwaters. - 16(2005)4, S. 331-338

Jörg Freyhof; Maurice Kottelat

Salvelinus evasus sp. n., a charr from deep waters of Lake Ammersee, southern Germany (Teleostei: Salmonidae), with comments on two extinct species

Revue Suisse de zoologie. - 112(2005)1, S. 253-269

by Jörg Freyhof

Redescription of Coregonus bavaricus Hofer, 1909 from Lake Ammersee, Bavaria (Salmoniformes: Coregonidae)

Cybium. - 29(2005)2, S. 179-183

Jörg Freyhof; Maurice Kottelat; Arne Nolte

Taxonomic diversity of European Cottus with description of eight new species (Teleostei: Cottidae)

Ichthyological exploration of freshwaters. - 16(2005)2, S. 107-172


Hans-Joachim Paepke; Jörg Freyhof; Fabian Herder

Comments on the proposed conservationof the specific name of Macropodus concolor Ahl, 1937 (Osteichthyes, Perciformes)

Bulletin of zoological nomenclature. - 61(2004)3, S. 173-174

Alexander M. Naseka; Jörg Freyhof

Romanogobio parvus, a new gudgeon from River Kuban, southern Russia (Cyprinidae, Gobioninae)

Ichthyological exploration of freshwaters. - 15(2004)1, S. 17-23

A. Yahyaoui; J. Freyhof; I. Steinmann

Diversité ichthyologique et biologie d'Anguilla anguilla L., 1758 (Actinopterygii, Anguillidae) dans le Rhin moyen

Zoologica baetica. - 15(2004)1-2, S. 191-197

Müfit Özulug; Nurettin Meriç; Jörg Freyhof

The distribution of Carassius gibelio (Bloch, 1782) (Teleostei: Cyprinidae) in Thrace (Turkey)

Zoology in the Middle East. - 31(2004), S. 63-66


Jörg Freyhof; Christian Wolter

Lebensraum, Biogeographie und Kulturgeschichte, ihr Einfluss auf die Fischartendiversität

Biodiversität : 3. Stechlin-Forum 2002. - Neuglobsow, S. 43-52

Michael Schulz; Jörg Freyhof

Coregonus fontanae, a new spring-spawning cisco from Lake Stechlin, northern Germany (Salmoniformes: Coregonidae)

Ichthyological exploration of freshwaters. - 14(2003)3, S. 209-216

Heok Hee Ng; Jörg Freyhof

Akysis clavulus, a new species of catfish (Teleostei: Akysidae) from central Vietnam

Ichthyological exploration of freshwaters. - 14(2003)4, S. 311-316

Jörg Bohlen; Vendula Slechtová; Radek Sanda; Lucás Kalous; Jörg Freyhof; Jasna Vukic; Danilo Mrdak

Cobitis ohridana and Barbatula zetensis in the River Moraca Basin, Montenegro

Folia biologica, Kraków. - 51(2003)Suppl., S. 147-153

Paul-Daniel Sindilariu; Jörg Freyhof

Food overlap of benthic fishes in the Danube Delta, with special respect to two invasive gobiids (Teleostei: Gobiidae, Percidae, Cyprinidae)

Lauterbornia. - 46(2003). - S. 149-157


Jörg Freyhof; Fabian Herder

Records of Hemimyzon in Vietnam, with the description of a new species (Cypriniformes: Balitoridae)

Ichthyological exploration of freshwaters. - 13(2002)1, S. 53-58


M. Vences; J. Freyhof; R. Sonnenberg; J. Kosuch; M. Veith

Reconciling fossils and molecules

Journal of biogeography. - 28(2001)9, S. 1091-1099


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