Dr Phillip Heemstra

Curator Emeritus
Dr Phillip Heemstra
Tel : + 27 46 603 5827
Fax : +27 86 554 9401

Research Interests

Fish diversity, taxonomy, adaptations and distribution



Recent Peer-Reviewed Publications


Iwatsuki, Y., Al-Mamry, J.M. & Heemstra, P.C. 2016, "Validity of a blue stripe snapper, lutjanus octolineatus (Cuvier 1828) and a related species, L. Bengalensis (Bloch 1790) with a new species (Pisces; Lutjanidae) from the Arabian sea", Zootaxa, vol. 4098, no. 3, pp. 511-528.


Iwatsuki, Y. & Heemstra, P.C. 2015, "Redescriptions of polysteganus coeruleopunctatus (Klunzinger 1870) and P. lineopunctatus (Boulenger 1903), with two new species from Western Indian Ocean", Zootaxa, vol. 4059, no. 1, pp. 133-150.


Bariche, M. & Heemstra, P. 2014, "First record of the blacktip grouper Epinephelus fasciatus (Teleostei: Serranidae) in the Mediterranean Sea", ANZIAM Journal, vol. 5, no. 3.

Ho, H.-., Heemstra, P.C. & Imamura, H. 2014, "A new species of the sandperch genus Parapercis from the western Indian Ocean (Perciformes: Pinguipedidae)", Zootaxa, vol. 3802, no. 3, pp. 335-345.

Mwale, M., Kaiser, H. & Heemstra, P.C. 2014, "Reproductive biology and distribution of Syngnathus temminckii and S. watermeyeri (Pisces: Syngnathidae) in southern Africa", African Journal of Marine Science, vol. 36, no. 2, pp. 175-184.


Sadovy de Mitcheson, Y., Craig, M.T., Bertoncini, A.A., Carpenter, K.E., Cheung, W.W.L., Choat, J.H., Cornish, A.S., Fennessy, S.T., Ferreira, B.P., Heemstra, P.C., Liu, M., Myers, R.F., Pollard, D.A., Rhodes, K.L., Rocha, L.A., Russell, B.C., Samoilys, M.A. & Sanciangco, J. 2013, "Fishing groupers towards extinction: A global assessment of threats and extinction risks in a billion dollar fishery", Fish and Fisheries, vol. 14, no. 2, pp. 119-1362012

[As of September/October 2016, this Web of Science highly cited paper received enough citations [65] to place it in the top 1% of the academic field of Plant & Animal Science based on a highly cited threshold for the field and publication year].