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Phyllomedusa vaillantii
Phyllomedusa vaillantii Ecuador, Pastaza Province. Photographed by William W. Lamar
bar Kenneth Tighe
    Kenneth A. Tighe
    Museum Specialist (Database Coordinator)

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    Division of Amphibians and Reptiles
    Museum Support Center, MRC 534
    4210 Silver Hill Road
    Suitland, MD 20746




B.S. (Biological Sciences), 1970, Union College, Schenectady, N.Y.
M.S. (Zoology), 1975, University of Rhode Island, Kingston, R.I.

Research Interests

Taxonomy and phylogenetic systematics of lower vertebrates, especially the fish order Anguilliformes. Responsible for the maintenance of the database for the Division of Amphibians and Reptiles.

Recent Publications

Ho, Hsuan-Ching, Smith, David G., Tighe, Kenneth A., Hibino, Yusuke and McCosker, John E. 2018. Checklist of eels of Taiwan (orders Anguilliformes and Saccopharyngiformes): An update. Zootaxa, 4454(1): 5-17. doi:10.11646/zootaxa.4454.1.3

Tighe, Kenneth A., Ho, Hsuan-Ching and Hatooka, Kiyotaka 2018. A new species of the genus Dysommina (Teleostei: Anguilliformes: Synaphobranchidae: Ilyophinae) from the Western Pacific. Zootaxa, 4454(1): 43-51. doi:10.11646/zootaxa.4454.1.6

Ho, Hsuan-Ching and Tighe, Kenneth A. 2018. Three new species of the cutthroat eel genus Dysomma, with comments on the variation of D. taiwanense (Anguilliformes: Synaphobranchidae). Zootaxa, 4454(1): 52-67. doi:10.11646/zootaxa.4454.1.7

Orrell, Thomas, Hollowell, Tom, Tuccinardi, Chris, Reed, Karen, Bird, Jessica, Williams, Jeff, Tighe, Kenneth A., Schmidt, Brian and Ludwig, Craig. 2018. NMNH Extant Specimen Records. : .

Ho, Hsuan-Ching, Smith, David G. and Tighe, Kenneth A. 2015. Review of the arrowtooth eel genera Dysomma and Dysommina in Taiwan, with the description of a new species (Anguilliformes: Synaphobranchidae: Ilyophinae). Zootaxa, 4060(1): 86-104. doi:10.11646/zootaxa.4060.1.12

Ho, Hsuan-Ching, Smith, David G., McCosker, John E., Hibino, Yusuke, Loh, Kar-Hoe, Tighe, Kenneth A. and Shao, KwangTsao 2015. Annotated checklist of eels (orders Anguilliformes and Saccopharyngiformes) from Taiwan. Zootaxa, 4060(1): 140-189. doi:10.11646/zootaxa.4060.1.16

Tighe, Kenneth A., Pogonoski, John J., Hibino, Yusuke, Ho, Hsuan-Ching and Nguyen, Quan Van 2015. Three new species of the genus Chlopsis (Anguilliformes: Chlopsidae) from the Indo-Pacific. Zootaxa, 4060(1): 19-29. doi:10.11646/zootaxa.4060.1.4