A useful source of information for all cave and cave-related organisms.


Call for papers for the Special Issue on Cavefish Development!

The blind cavefish, Astyanax mexicanus, was fortuitously discovered in 1936 by a Mexican surveyor and quickly embarked on a journey into both academic research and the aquatic pet trade. Over the following 80+ years, this animal ascended from a modest aquarium novelty to a powerful model system for contemporary biological research. This rise was punctuated by the release of a sequenced genome in 2014. The aim of this special issue is to highlight the expansion, breadth and depth of research into understanding cavefish development. We welcome novel research papers, review articles, and critical commentaries relevant to all aspects of Astyanax mexicanus and other cavefish development.

Submission Deadline: January 31st 2018
Tentative Publication Date: Late Spring/Early Summer 2018

Visit the Special Issue page for more info.

5th Annual Cavefish Meeting

The cavefish meeting held on March 2017 in Santiago de Queretaro, Mexico was a great success! Visit the Rohner Lab Facebook Page to see event photos.

Visit for a collection of previous meeting programs and abstracts.

Cavefish In The News

- Cavefish Metabolism Providing Insight Into Diabetes
- Weird Little ‘Walking’ Cavefish
- Stowers Report: 'Model Organisms'
- Binge-Eating Cavefish and Human Obesity
- Scientists Falling For Binge-Eating Cavefish

Want to work with cavefish in Mexico? Who doesn't?

Find new opportunities, jobs, field trips to study cavefish in beautiful Mexico.... Job Opportunity: Research Assistant in Fish Heart Regeneration

List of labs currently working on Astyanax mexicanus and contact addresses. Please contact us if you want to be added to this list.

Cavefish PI Contact List - Get in touch with top researchers in the field.

Biology and Evolution of the Mexican Cavefish

A comprehensive, unique work examining the use of the Mexican cavefish as a powerful model system to further understand basic biological processes such as eye degeneration, hearing, craniofacial development, sleep, and metabolic function. [available at the Elsevier Store]

Protocols & Methods

Published resources describing all our laboratory or experimental procedures.

- Whole Mount in Situ Hybridization
- Model Species Developmental Staging Table
- DASPEI Neuromast staining
- Alizarin Red Staining

Links & Resources

Additional sites for cavefish research.... is a list of the subterranean fishes of the world, a searchable bibliography of 3096 entries, and several other lists of fishes.