I am happy to share that a study in which we determined how ecological specialization drives convergence in body shape and size among cleaner fishes is now available.
To trace the evolution of body shape, I collected morphological data from ~300 species of fishes. As part of this project, I got the chance to visit several museum collections across the US, including the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, the LA County Museum of Natural History, and the California Academy of Sciences.
After these visits, I realized I had missed one species: Brachyistius aletes, a type of surfperch. To my surprise, there were no clear photographs of this species available online - at least my frantic Google Images search yielded nothing.
Fortunately, Dave Catania (Senior Collections Manager of Ichthyology at the CAS) was able to hunt down a set of preserved specimens and snap a few photos for me. Here I’ll post these photos of Brachyistius aletes to make them available to others. Thanks again for sharing these, Dave!