Jonathan W. Armbruster
Professor and Curator of Fishes

Office: 131 Biodiversity Learning Center

Lab: 212-213 M. White Smith

331 Funchess Hall
Auburn University, AL 36849

Office Phone: (334) 844-9261
Lab Phone: (334) 844-9258
Fax: (334) 844-9234
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Ph.D. - University of Illinois 1997
B.S. - University of Illinois 1991

Honors and Awards

Alumni Professor 2007-2011

Research and Teaching Interests

  • The systematics of minnows and their relatives (Cypriniformes) using phylogenomics
  • The evolution of miniaturization in minnows
  • The systematics of the South American catfish subfamilies Hypostominae and Ancistrinae (Loricariidae), and their evolutionary ecology
  • Formation of the modern Guyana ichthyofauna
  • Phylogenetics of the North American cavefishes (Amblyopsidae), and revision of the Southern Cavefish (Typhlichthys subterraneus)

Selected Publications

Armbruster, J.W., C.C. Stout, & M.M. Hayes. 2015. An Empirical Test for Convergence and Social Mimicry Using African Barbs (Cypriniformes: Cyprinidae). Evolutionary Ecology (Published online 11/29/15). 

Werneke, D.C. and J.W. Armbruster. 2015. Silversides of the genus Labidesthes (Atheriniformes: Atherinopsidae). Zootaxa 4032: 535–550. 25% JWA.

Khaironizam, M.Z., M. Zakaria-Ismail, & J.W. Armbruster. 2015. Cyprinid fishes of the genus Neolissochilus in peninsular Malaysia. Zootaxa 3962:139–157. Doi: 10.11646/zootaxa.3962.1.7.

Armbruster, J.W., D.C. Werneke, & M.Tan. 2015. Three new species of saddled loricariid catfishes and a review of Hemiancistrus, Peckoltia and allied genera (Siluriformes). ZooKeys 480: 97–123. doi: 10.3897/zookeys.480.6540.

Lujan, N.K., J.W. Armbruster, N. Lovejoy, & H. López-Fernández. 2015. Multilocus molecular phylogeny of the suckermouth armored catfishes (Siluriformes: Loricariidae) with a focus on subfamily Hypostominae, Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 82:269-288.

de Souza, Lesley S., J. W. Armbruster, and D. C. Werneke. 2012. The influence of the Rupununi portal on distribution of freshwater fish in the Rupununi district, Guyana. Cybium 36:31–43. (Special issue on the Guyana Shield).

Lujan, N.K. and J. W. Armbruster. 2012. Morphological and functional Diversity of the Mandible in Suckermouth Armored Catfishes (Siluriformes: Loricariidae).  Journal of Morphology 273:24–60.

Lujan, N.K. and J.W. Armbruster. 2011. Geological and hydrological history of the Guyana Shield and historical biogeography of its fishes. In Albert, J.A. and R. E. Reis, eds. Historical Biogeography of Neotropical Freshwater Fishes. University of California Press. Pp. 211-224. 


Undergraduate Graduate
Comparative Anatomy - BIOL3010
Evolution and Systematics - BIOL3030
Evolution and Systematics (Distance) - BIOL3033
Systematic Ichthyology - BIOL7160

Last updated: 11/30/2015