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


8th Annual Cavefish Meeting

We’re excited to announce the 8th Astyanax International Meeting for Cavefish taking place February 28 - March 2, 2024. This biennial meeting will be in person in Fort Lauderdale, Florida at the B Ocean Resort. We strongly encourage participation from researchers generally interested in adaptation to extreme or new environments. Learn more here.

7th Annual Cavefish Meeting

The 7th Annual Cavefish Meeting was held February 27 - March 4, 2022 in San Antonio, Texas as a hybrid event at San Antonio Zoo.

6th Annual Cavefish Meeting

The 6th Annual Cavefish Meeting was held March 17 - 20, 2019 at Hotel Mision in Queretaro, Mexico. Horst Wikens (University of Hamburg) and Craig Albertson (University of Massachusetts) were the Keynote Speakers.

5th Annual Cavefish Meeting

The 5th cavefish meeting held in 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: Postdoctoral Research Associate in Comparative Genomics

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

Email list for all things cavefish related.
Reach a large audience of people interested in cavefish research by Emailing to: (edited by Graham Proudlove).

If you want to be added to the list please contact: .

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.... a list of the subterranean fishes of the world, a searchable bibliography of >3000 entries, and several other lists of fishes.

This website creation and maintenance was supported in part by NIH R01GM127872-01