Sven O. Kullander

Biologist, ichthyologist and aquarist

Born on, November 30, 1952, in Sollefteå, Sweden
BAP Expert Sven O. Kullander

Sven O. Kullander is a Swedish biologist specialised in ichthyology. He primarily researches cichlids – notably the genus Apistogramma and the Cichlasoma-complex – and other tropical freshwater fishes from Africa, Southern and Eastern Asia. Also, he has been working with endangered fish species in Sweden.

Sven studied at the universities of Umeå and Stockholm, and took his Ph.D. in Stockholm in 1984. He is currently senior curator at the Swedish Museum of Natural History in Stockholm and he is responsible for the ichthyologic and herpetologic collections.

Sven also coordinates the museum’s contributions to FishBase. He has produced more than 100 scientific and popular publications on fishes, and described many groups and new species of cichlids. The Swedish aquarists’ magazine Tidskriften Akvariet gave him “Akvariets Oscar” (“the Aquarium Academy Award”) in 1996 for his great contribution to the aquarium hobby.

Expert in the following geographical regions:
  • South America, Southern Asia, Eastern Asia, Europe
Expert in the following fish groups:
  • Perciformes: Cichlidae, Polynemidae, Terapontidae, Moronidae, Osphronemidae, Badidae
  • Siluriformes: Callichthyidae, Sisoridae
  • Sygnathiformes: Sygnathidae
  • Cypriniformes: Cyprinidae