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PAPERS AND BOOK CHAPTERS:


Sparks, J. S., and D. F. Gruber. 2012. A new mesophotic clingfish (Teleostei: Gobiesocidae) from the Bahamas. Copeia 2012(2): 251-256.


Sparks, J. S., P. V. Loiselle, and Z. H. Baldwin. 2012. Rediscovery and phylogenetic placement of the endemic Malagasy cichlid Ptychochromoides itasy (Teleostei: Cichlidae: Ptychochrominae). Zootaxa 3352: 17-24.


Chakrabarty, P., M. P. Davis, and J. S. Sparks. 2012. The first record of a trans-oceanic sister-group relationship between obligate vertebrate troglobites. PLoS One (in press).


Wainwright, P. C., W. L. Smith, S. A. Price, K. L. Tang, J. S. Sparks, L. A. Ferry, K. L. Kuhn, R. I. Eytan, and T.J. Near. 2012. The evolution of pharyngognathy: A phylogenetic and functional appraisal of the pharyngeal jaw key innovation in labroid fishes and beyond. Systematic Biology (in press).


Chakrabarty, P. and J. S. Sparks. In press. Leiognathidae. Pp. XXX-XXX in: P. C. Heemstra and J. E. Randall (eds.), Marine Fishes of the Western Indian Ocean. SAIAB, 2012.


Sparks, J. S., and Z. H. Baldwin. 2012. A new species of Parapercis (Teleostei: Pinguipedidae) from Madagascar. Zootaxa 3204: 31–39.


Chakrabarty, P., M. P. Davis, W. L. Smith, Z. H. Baldwin, and J. S. Sparks. 2011. Is sexual selection driving diversification of the bioluminescent ponyfishes (Teleostei: Leiognathidae)? Molecular Ecology 20: 2818–2834.


Chakrabarty, P., Davis, M. P., W.L. Smith, Berquist, R., Gledhill, K., Frank, L., and J. S. Sparks. 2011. Evolution of the light organ system in ponyfishes (Teleostei: Leiognathidae). Journal of Morphology 272: 704–721.


Baldwin, Z. H., and J. S. Sparks. 2011. A new species of Secutor (Teleostei: Leiognathidae) from the Western Indian Ocean. Zootaxa 2998: 39-47.


Sparks, J. S., and R. C. Schelly. 2011. A new species of Paretroplus (Teleostei: Cichlidae: Etroplinae) from northeastern Madagascar, with a phylogeny and revised diagnosis for the P. damii clade. Zootaxa 2768: 55-68.


Ho, H.-C., P. Chakrabarty, and J. S. Sparks. 2010. Review of the Halieutichthys aculeatus species complex (Lophiiformes: Ogcocephalidae), with descriptions of two new species. Journal of Fish Biology 77: 841-869.


Irwin, M.T, Wright, P.C., Birkinshaw C., Fisher, B.L., Gardner, C.J., Glos, J., Goodman, S.M., Loiselle, P., Rabeson, P., Raharison, J.-L., Raherilalao M.J., Rakotondravony, D., Raselimanana, A., Ratsimbazafy, J., Sparks, J.S., Wilmé, L., Jörg U. Ganzhorn, J.U. 2010. Patterns of species change in anthropogenically disturbed forests of Madagascar. Biological Conservation 143: 2351-2362.


Jones, C. C., W. L. Smith, and J. S. Sparks. 2010. A new species of rainbowfish (Teleostei: Melanotaenioidei: Bedotiidae) from the Makira Region of northeastern Madagascar. Copeia 2010(2): 284-291.


Chakrabarty, P., J. Chu, L. Nahar, Z. H. Baldwin, and J. S. Sparks. 2010. Geometric morphometrics reveals a new species of ponyfish (Teleostei: Leiognathidae: Equulites), with comments on the taxonomic status of Equula berbis Valenciennes. Zootaxa 2427: 15-24.


Chakrabarty, P., J. S. Sparks, and Ho, H.-C. 2010. Taxonomic review of the ponyfishes (Perciformes: Leiognathidae) of Taiwan. Marine Biodiversity 40: 107-121.


Sparks, J. S., and M. L. J. Stiassny. 2010. A new species of Ptychochromis from

northeastern Madagascar (Teleostei: Cichlidae), with an updated phylogeny and revised diagnosis for the genus. Zootaxa 2341: 33-51.


Chakrabarty, P., T. Amarasinghe, and J. S. Sparks. 2009. Redescription of ponyfishes (Teleostei: Leiognathidae) of Sri Lanka and the status of Aurigequula Fowler, 1918. Ceylon Journal of Science (Biological Sciences) 37(2): 143-161.


Smith, W. L., P. Chakrabarty, and J. S. Sparks. 2008. Phylogeny, Taxonomy, and Evolution of Neotropical Cichlids (Teleostei: Cichlidae: Cichlinae). Cladistics 24: 625-641.

[Lead Article]


Sparks, J. S., and M. L. J. Stiassny. 2008. Les poissons d’eaux douce. Pp. 283-309 in: S. M. Goodman (ed.), Paysages Naturels et Biodiversité de Madagascar. Publications Scientifiques Muséum national d'Histoire naturelle (MNHN), Paris.


Ng, H. H., J. S. Sparks, and P. V. Loiselle. 2008. A new species of catfish of the genus Gogo from northeastern Madagascar (Siluriformes: Anchariidae). Copeia 2008(2): 395-400.


Chakrabarty, P., and J. S. Sparks. 2008. Diagnoses for Leiognathus Lacepède 1802, Equula Cuvier 1815, Equulites Fowler 1904, Eubleekeria Fowler 1904, and a new ponyfish genus (Teleostei: Leiognathidae). American Museum Novitates 3623: 1-11.


Sparks, J. S. 2008. Phylogeny of the cichlid subfamily Etroplinae and taxonomic revision of the Malagasy cichlid genus Paretroplus (Teleostei: Cichlidae). Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History 314: 1-151.


Sparks, J.S. 2008. Madagascar Eastern highlands. Freshwater Ecoregions of the World. Updated and published online by The World Wildlife Fund and The Nature Conservancy: www.feow.org/ecoregion_details.php?eco=581


Sparks, J.S. 2008. Madagascar Eastern lowlands. Freshwater Ecoregions of the World. Updated and published online by The World Wildlife Fund and The Nature Conservancy: www.feow.org/ecoregion_details.php?eco=583


Sparks, J.S. 2008. Northwestern Madagascar. Freshwater Ecoregions of the World. Updated and published online by The World Wildlife Fund and The Nature Conservancy: www.feow.org/ecoregion_details.php?eco=580


Sparks, J.S. 2008. Western Madagascar. Freshwater Ecoregions of the World. Updated and published online by The World Wildlife Fund and The Nature Conservancy: www.feow.org/ecoregion_details.php?eco=579


Sparks, J.S. 2008. Southern Madagascar. Freshwater Ecoregions of the World. Updated and published online by The World Wildlife Fund and The Nature Conservancy: www.feow.org/ecoregion_details.php?eco=582


Chakrabarty, P. and J. S. Sparks. 2007. Relationships of the New World cichlid genus Hypsophrys Agassiz 1859 (Teleostei: Cichlidae), with diagnoses for the genus and its species. Zootaxa 1523: 59-64.


Chakrabarty, P., and J. S. Sparks. 2007. Phylogeny and taxonomic revision of

Nuchequula Whitley 1932 (Teleostei: Leiognathidae), with the description of a new species. American Museum Novitates 3588: 1-25.


Smith, W. L., and J. S. Sparks. 2007. Case 3383. Gobius lagocephalus: Pallas 1770

(currently Sicyopterus lagocephalus: Teleostei, Gobiidae): Proposed suppression of the

specific name. Bulletin of Zoological Nomenclature 64(2): 1-5.


Sparks, J. S., and P. Chakrabarty. 2007. A new species of ponyfish (Teleostei: Leiognathidae: Photoplagios) from the Philippines. Copeia 2007(3): 622-629.


Smith, W. L., and J. S. Sparks. 2007. Gobius lagocephalus: The World's most widespread

nomen dubium. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 43: 696-698.


Sparks, J. S. 2007. Review of Coastal Fishes. Copeia 2007(1): 238.


Sparks, J. S. 2006. A new species of ponyfish (Teleostei: Leiognathidae: Photoplagios)

from Madagascar, with a phylogeny for Photoplagios and comments on the status of

Equula lineolata Valenciennes. American Museum Novitates 3526: 1-20.


Sparks, J. S. 2006. Leiognathus longispinis (Valenciennes, in Cuvier and Valenciennes,

1835), a senior synonym of Leiognathus smithursti (Ramsay and Ogilby, 1886)

(Teleostei: Leiognathidae). Copeia 2006(3): 539-543.


Stiassny, M. L. J., and J. S. Sparks. 2006. Phylogeny and taxonomic revision of the

endemic Malagasy cichlid genus Ptychochromis (Teleostei: Cichlidae), with the

description of five new species and a diagnosis for Katria, new genus. American

Museum Novitates 3535: 1-55.


Sparks, J.S., and W. L. Smith. 2006. Sicyopterus lagocephalus: Widespread species,

species complex, or neither? A critique on the use of molecular data for species

identification. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 40: 900-902.


Sparks, J. S., P. V. Dunlap, and W. L. Smith. 2005. Evolution and diversification of a

sexually dimorphic luminescent system in ponyfishes (Teleostei: Leiognathidae),

including diagnoses for two new genera. Cladistics 21: 305-327. [Cover Article]


Ng, H. H., and J. S. Sparks. 2005. Revision of the endemic Malagasy catfish family

Anchariidae (Teleostei: Siluriformes), with descriptions of a new genus and three new

species. Ichthyological Exploration of Freshwaters 16: 303-323.


Sparks, J. S., and W. L. Smith. 2005. Freshwater fishes, dispersal ability, and nonevidence:

"Gondwana Life Rafts" to the rescue. Systematic Biology, 54: 158-165.


Sparks, J. S., and L. M. R. Rush. 2005. A new rainbowfish (Teleostei: Melanotaenioidei:

Bedotiidae) from the southeastern highlands of Madagascar, with comments on the

biogeography of Bedotia. Zootaxa 1051: 39-54.


Sparks, J. S., and K. J. Riseng. 2005. Water quality and chemistry, benthic

macroinvertebrates, and zooplankton communities of the Consuelo and Warany Regions

of the Pastaza River, Ecuador: limnological survey. In: P. W. Willink, B. Chernoff, and J.

McCullough (eds.), A rapid biological assessment of the aquatic ecosystems of the

Pastaza River Basin, Ecuador and Peru. Conservation International and the Aquatic Rapid

Assessment Program (AquaRap), Washington, D. C. Bulletin of Biological Assessment 33:

56-62, appendixes 5-6: 140-149.


Sparks, J. S., and M. L. J. Stiassny. 2005. Madagascar’s freshwater fishes, an imperiled

treasure. Pp. 62-70 in: M. L. Thieme, R. Abell, M. L. J. Stiassny, B. Lehner, P. Skelton, G.

Teugals, E. Dinerstein, A. Kamdem Toham, N. Burgess, and D. Olson (eds.), Freshwater

ecoregions of Africa and Madagascar. A conservation assessment. Island Press,

Washington, D. C.


Sparks, J. S. 2005. Ecoregion descriptions. Pp. 222-223, Madagascar eastern lowlands;

pp. 256-258, Madagascar eastern highlands; pp. 311-312, Madagascar northwestern

basins; p. 313, Madagascar western basins; pp. 347-348, Madagascar southern basins,

in: M. L. Thieme, R. Abell, M. L. J. Stiassny, B. Lehner, P. Skelton, G. Teugals, E.

Dinerstein, A. Kamdem Toham, N. Burgess, and D. Olson (eds.), Freshwater ecoregions

of Africa and Madagascar. A conservation assessment. Island Press, Washington, D. C.


Sparks, J. S., and W. L. Smith. 2004. Phylogeny and biogeography of cichlid fishes

(Teleostei: Perciformes: Cichlidae). Cladistics 20: 501-517. [Cover Article]


Sparks, J. S., and W. L. Smith. 2004. Phylogeny and biogeography of the Malagasy and

Australasian rainbowfishes (Teleostei: Melanotaenioidei): Gondwanan vicariance and

evolution in freshwater. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 33: 719-734.


Sparks, J. S., and P. V. Dunlap. 2004. A clade of non-sexually dimorphic ponyfishes

(Teleostei: Perciformes: Leiognathidae): phylogeny, taxonomy, and description of a new

species. American Museum Novitates 3459: 1-21.


Sparks, J. S. 2004. A new and presumably extinct species of Ptychochromoides

(Teleostei: Perciformes: Cichlidae) from central Madagascar. Zootaxa 524: 1-15.


Sparks, J. S., and D. W. Nelson. 2004. Review of the Malagasy sicydiine gobies (Teleostei:

Gobiidae), with description of a new species and comments on the taxonomic status of

Gobius lagocephalus Pallas, 1770. American Museum Novitates 3440: 1-20.


Sparks, J. S. 2004. Molecular phylogeny and biogeography of the Malagasy and South

Asian cichlid fishes (Teleostei: Perciformes: Cichlidae). Molecular Phylogenetics and

Evolution 30: 599-614.


Sparks, J. S. 2003. Taxonomic status of the Malagasy cichlid Ptychochromis grandidieri

Sauvage 1882 (Teleostei: Cichlidae), including a molecular phylogenetic analysis of the

ptychochromine cichlids. Ichthyological Exploration of Freshwaters 14: 317-328.


Benstead, J. P., P. H. de Rham, J-L Gattolliat, F-M Gibon, P. V. Loiselle, M. Sartori, J. S.

Sparks, and M. L. J. Stiassny. 2003. Conserving Madagascar’s freshwater biodiversity.

Bioscience 53: 1101-1111.


Sparks, J. S., and M. L. J. Stiassny. 2003. Introduction to the freshwater fishes of

Madagascar. Pp. 849-863 in: S. M. Goodman and J. P. Benstead (eds.), The natural

history of Madagascar. University of Chicago Press, Chicago.


Sparks, J. S. 2003. Pantanodon. Pp. 871-872 in: S. M. Goodman and J. P. Benstead

(eds.), The natural history of Madagascar. University of Chicago Press, Chicago.


Sparks, J. S. 2003. Ptychochromis. Pp. 873-874 in: S. M. Goodman and J. P. Benstead

(eds.), The natural history of Madagascar. University of Chicago Press, Chicago.


Sparks, J. S. 2003. Ptychochromoides. Pp. 875 in: S. M. Goodman and J. P. Benstead

(eds.), The natural history of Madagascar. University of Chicago Press, Chicago.


Sparks, J. S. 2003. Teramulus. Pp. 866-867 in: S. M. Goodman and J. P. Benstead

(eds.), The natural history of Madagascar. University of Chicago Press, Chicago.


Sparks, J. S. 2003. Typhleotris. Pp. 878-879 in: S. M. Goodman and J. P. Benstead

(eds.), The natural history of Madagascar. University of Chicago Press, Chicago.


Ng, H. H., and J. S. Sparks. 2003. The ariid catfishes (Teleostei: Siluriformes: Ariidae) of

Madagascar, with the description of two new species. Occasional Papers of the Museum

of Zoology, University of Michigan 735: 1-21.


Ng, H. H., and J. S. Sparks. 2003. Ancharius. Pp. 865-866 in: S. M. Goodman and J. P.

Benstead (eds.), The natural history of Madagascar. University of Chicago Press,

Chicago.


Ng, H. H., and J. S. Sparks. 2003. Arius. Pp. 864-865 in: S. M. Goodman and J. P.

Benstead (eds.), The natural history of Madagascar. University of Chicago Press,

Chicago.


Riseng, K. J., and J. S. Sparks. 2003. A limnological analysis of the Caura River Basin,

Bolívar State, Venezuela. In: B. Chernoff, A. Machado-Allison, K. Riseng, and J.

Montambault (eds.), A biological assessment of the aquatic ecosystems of the Caura

Basin, Bolívar State, Venezuela. Conservation International and the Aquatic Rapid

Assessment Program (AquaRap), Washington, D. C. Bulletin of Biological Assessment

28: 44-48, appendixes 3-5: 228-234 (translated in Spanish, 139-143).


Reinthal, P. N., K. J. Riseng, and J. S. Sparks. 2003. Water management issues in

Madagascar: biodiversity, conservation, and deforestation. Pp. 124-144 in: T. J.

Crisman, L. J. Chapman, C. A. Chapman, and L. S. Kaufman (eds.), Conservation,

Ecology, and Management of African Fresh Waters. University Press of Florida,

Gainesville.


Sparks, J. S. 2002. Paretroplus dambabe, a new cichlid fish (Teleostei: Cichlidae) from

northwestern Madagascar, with a discussion on the status of P. petiti. Proceedings of

the Biological Society of Washington 115: 546-563.


Ng, H. H., and J. S. Sparks. 2002. Plotosus fisadoha, a new species of marine catfish

(Teleostei: Siluriformes: Plotosidae) from Madagascar. Proceedings of the Biological

Society of Washington 115: 564-569.


Sparks, J. S. 2002. Ptychochromis inornatus, a new cichlid (Teleostei: Cichlidae) from

northwestern Madagascar, with a discussion of intrageneric variation in Ptychochromis.

Copeia 2002 (1): 120-130.


Sparks, J. S. 2001. Bedotia masoala, a new species of atherinoid rainbowfish

(Teleostei: Atherinoidei) from the Masoala Peninsula, northeastern Madagascar. Copeia

2001(2): 481-488.


Sparks, J. S., and P. N. Reinthal. 2001. A new species of Ptychochromoides from

southeastern Madagascar (Teleostei: Cichlidae), with comments on monophyly and

relationships of the ptychochromine cichlids. Ichthyological Exploration of Freshwaters

12: 115-132.


Sparks, J. S., and P. N. Reinthal. 1999. Paretroplus maromandia, a new cichlid fish from

the northwest of Madagascar. Occasional Papers of the Museum of Zoology, University

of Michigan 727: 1-18.


Nelson, D. W., and J. S. Sparks. 1999. Paraformaldehyde/alconox problems. Curation

Newsletter 12: 1-2.


Sparks, J. S., K. J. Riseng, and P. N. Reinthal. 1998. A floral and faunal survey of the

ephemeral pools, streams, and wetlands in the Ambatovy region, Eastern, Madagascar.

A.N.G.A.P. and Ministere des Eaux et Forets, Madagascar. Golder Assoc., Lakewood, CO,

USA. 35 pp.


Reinthal, P. N., J. S. Sparks, and K. J. Riseng. 1995. Ecology, vulnerability, and temporal

changes in freshwater fish communities. Patterson, B. D., S. M. Goodman, and J. L.

Sedlock, eds. Environmental Change in Madagascar. Field Museum of Natural History,

Chicago, pp. 20/85.



BOOKS EDITED:


Sparks, J. S. 2008. Editor and Consultant, Scientific content. Animal Life, Dorling-

Kindersley, London, 1-512.


Sparks, J. S. 2006. Editor and Consultant, Scientific content. Oceans: The world’s last

wilderness revealed, Dorling-Kindersley, London, 1-512.



TECHNICAL REPORTS AND INTERNET PUBLICATIONS:


Sparks, J. S., and W. L. Smith. 2010. Madagascar’s freshwater fishes: Ancient origins and

dispersing continents. NSF Austral Portals Workshop. Publication available online at:

www.australportals.com


Cracraft, J., R. Moyle, W. L. Smith, and J. S. Sparks. 2010. Interpreting the

paleobiogeographic history of Madagascar and the Indian Ocean. NSF Austral Portals

Workshop. Publication available online at: www.australportals.com


Sparks, J. S., and K. J. Riseng. 2000. Preliminary report on water quality of the upper

and lower Rio Caura basin, Venezuela. Conservation International, Aquatic Rapid

Assessment Program (AquaRap), Washington, D. C.


Graf, D. L., and J. S. Sparks. 2000. Sometimes too much is not enough: a comment on

the use of mtDNA to recover ancient relationships. N. Verificationist 1: 1-13. A pdf is

available for download at http://sequence_monkey.tripod.com/naïve_veri/v1n1.pdf.


Sparks, J. S. 1999. Preliminary report on water quality, zooplankton, phytoplankton,

and macroinvertebrates of the Rio Pastaza basin, Ecuador. Conservation International,

Aquatic Rapid Assessment Program (AquaRap), Washington, D. C.


Sparks, J. S., and C. M. Riseng. 1999. An ichthyofaunal survey of Woodruff Creek,

southeastern Michigan: determination of presence of and suitable habitat for the

endangered Eastern Sand Darter (Ammocrypta pellucida). Prepared for McNamee/Tetra

Tech, Ann Arbor, MI.


Riseng, K. J., and J. S. Sparks. 1995. A survey of the fresh and brackish water fishes of

the Masoala Peninsula, northeastern Madagascar. Project Masoala, Maroansetra,

Madagascar, and the Wildlife Conservation Society and C.A.R.E., Washington, D. C.



POPULAR ARTICLES:


Creatures of Light: Nature’s Bioluminescence weekly blog posts on various aspects of the new exhibit for the AMNH Exhibition website (Feb.-March 2012).

http://www.amnh.org/news/tag/blogging-behind-the-scenes/


New York Times, Scientist at Work series, May-June 2011, bi- and tri-weekly posts from Madagascar on cavefish exploration and the evolution of hearing in cichlid fishes. http://scientistatwork.blogs.nytimes.com/author/john-s-sparks/


Sparks, J. S. 2003. Madagascar. Natural History (Spring 2003 Travel Issue), p. 62.