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


Ein Ausbildungsnetzwerk an der Schnittstelle zwischen Wissenschaft und Politik des internationalen Biodiversitätsschutzes.
Jörg Freyhof
Robert Arlinghaus
(Abt. 4) Biologie und Ökologie der Fische


Hannah Weigand; Arne J. Beermann; Fedor Ciampor; Filipe O. Costa; Zoltan Csabai; Sofia Duarte; Matthias F. Geiger; Michal Grabowski; Frederic Rimet; Björn Rulik; Malin Strand; Nikolaus Szucsich; Alexander M. Weigand; Endre Willassen; Sofia A. Wyler; Agnes Bouchez; Angel Borja; Zuzana Ciamporova-Zatovicova; Sonia Ferreira; Klaas-Douwe B. Dijkstra; Ursula Eisendle; Jörg Freyhof; Piotr Gadawski ... Gabor Varbiro; Torbjørn Ekrem

DNA barcode reference libraries for the monitoring of aquatic biota in Europe: gap-analysis and recommendations for future work

Science of the Total Environment. - 678(2019), S. 499-524


Aaike de Wever; Astrid Schmidt-Kloiber; Vanessa Bremerich; Jörg Freyhof

Secondary data : taking advantage of existing data and improving data availability for supporting freshwater ecology research and biodiversity conservation

Freshwater ecology and conservation / ed. by Jocelyne Hughes. - Oxford : Oxford Univ. Press, 2018. - Pt. 3

Wiliam Darwall; Vanessa Bremerich; Aaike De Wever; Anthony I. Dell; Jörg Freyhof; Mark O. Gessner; Hans-Peter Grossart; Ian Harrison; Ken Irvine; Sonja C. Jähnig; Jonathan M. Jeschke; Jessica J. Lee; Cai Lu; Aleksandra M. Lewandowska; Michael T. Monaghan; Jens C. Nejstgaard; Harmony Patricio; Astrid Schmidt-Kloiber; Simon N. Stuart; Michele Thieme; Klement Tockner; Eren Turak; Olaf Weyl

The Alliance for Freshwater Life: a global call to unite efforts for freshwater biodiversity science and conservation

Aquatic Conservation. - 28(2018)4, S. 1015-1022


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

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

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

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

Jörg Bohlen; Jörg Freyhof; Christian Wolter

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

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

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

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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