Heok Hee Ng

Ichthyologist and catfish specialist

BAP Expert Heok Hee Ng

Heok Hee has spent the last 30 years studying the diversity and evolution of South and Southeast Asian catfishes. He stumbled upon catfishes as an undergraduate at the National University of Singapore, where his love affair with them blossomed. Heok Hee obtained his PhD at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, having conducted field work in India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam.

Focusing most of his attention on the predominantly rheophilic sisoroid catfishes, he has written more than 200 papers on South and Southeast Asian freshwater fishes, describing over 250 species in the process. Heok Hee is an independent researcher loosely affiliated with the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum, Singapore. He is also a member of the Freshwater Fish Specialist Group, Species Survival Commission, having assessed the conservation status of many freshwater fish species in South and Southeast Asia for the IUCN.

Expert in the following geographical regions:
  • South Asia
  • Southeast Asia
Expert in the following fish groups:
  • Siluriformes: Ailiidae, Akysidae, Amblycipitidae, Anchariidae, Bagridae, Chacidae, Clariidae, Cranoglanididae, Heteropneustidae, Horabagridae, Plotosidae, Siluridae, Sisoridae