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Journal Articles

67.    Rocha, L. A., et al. (2014) Specimen collection: An essential tool. Science 344: 814-815. [PDF 346kb]

66.    Gaither, M., J. K. Schultz, D. R. Bellwood, R. L. Pyle, J. D. DiBattista, L. A. Rocha and B. W. Bowen (2014) Evolution of pygmy angelfishes: recent divergences, introgression, and the usefulness of color in taxonomy. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 74: 38-47. [PDF 1,194kb]

65.    Szabó, Z., B. Snelgrove, M. T. Craig, L. A. Rocha and B. W. Bowen (2014) Phylogeography of the Manybar Goatfish, Parupeneus multifasciatus, reveals isolation of the Hawaiian archipelago and a cryptic endemic lineage in the Marquesas. Bulletin of Marine Science 90(1): 493-512. [PDF 2,026kb

64.    Bowen, B. W., K. Shanker, N. Yasuda, M. C. Malay, S. von der Heyden, G. Paulay, L. A. Rocha, K. A. Selkoe, P. H. Barber, S. T. Williams, H. A. Lessios, E. D. Crandall, G. Bernardi, C. P. Meyer, K. E. Carpenter and R. J. Toonen (2014) Phylogeography Unplugged: Comparative geographic surveys in the genomic era. Bulletin of Marine Science 90(1): 13-46. [PDF 521kb]

63.    Gaither, M. R. and L. A. Rocha (2013) Origins of species richness in the Indo-Malay-Philippine biodiversity hotspot: evidence for the centre of overlap hypothesis. Journal of Biogeography 40(9): 1638-1648. [Invited Review] [PDF 1,435kb]

62.    Luiz, O. J., S. R. Floeter, L. A. Rocha and C. E. L. Ferreira (2013) Perspectives for the lionfish invasion in the South Atlantic: Are Brazilian reefs protected by the currents? Marine Ecology Progress Series 485: 1-7. [Feature article] [PDF 372kb]

61.    Bowen, B. W., L. A. Rocha, R. J. Toonen, S. A. Karl, M. T. Craig, J. D. DiBattista, J. A. Eble, M. R. Gaither, D. Skillings, C. J. Bird (2013) The origins of tropical marine biodiversity. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 28(6): 359-366. [Invited Review] [Featured on journal cover] [PDF 3,812kb]

60.    Rocha, L. A., Bernal, M. A., Gaither, M. R. and M. E. Alfaro (2013) Massively parallel DNA sequencing: the new frontier in biogeography. Frontiers in Biogeography 5(1): 67-77. [Invited Review] [PDF 264kb]

59.     DiBattista, J. D., M. Berumen, M. Gaither, L. A. Rocha, J. H. Choat, D. J. Skillings, B. W. Bowen (2013) After continents divide: Comparative phylogeography of reef fishes from the Red Sea and Indian Ocean. Journal of Biogeography 40(6): 1170-1181. [PDF 956kb]

58.    de Mitcheson, Y. S., M. T. Craig, A. A. Bertoncini, A. Cabanban, K. E. Carpenter, W. Cheung, J. H. Choat, A. S. Cornish, S. T. Fenessy, B. P. Ferreira, P. C. Heemstra, M. Liu, R. F. Myers, D. A. Pollard, K. L. Rhodes, L. A. Rocha, B. Russel, M. A. Samoilys and J. Sanciangco (2012) Fishing groupers towards extinction: A global assessment of threats and extinction risks in a billion dollar fishery. Fish and Fisheries 14(2): 119-136. [PDF 596kb]

57.     Quimbayo, J. P., S. R. Floeter, R. Noguchi, C. A. Rangel, J. L. Gasparini, C. L. S. Sampaio, C. E. Ferreira, L. A. Rocha (2012) Cleaning mutualism in Santa Luzia (Cape Verde Archipelago) and São Tomé Islands, Tropical Eastern Atlantic. Marine Biodiversity Records 5: e118. [PDF 876kb]

56.     Rocha, L. A. (2012) Review of M. T. Craig, Y. S. de Mitcheson and P. C. Heemstra, 2011, Groupers of the World: A Field and Market Guide. Copeia 2012(4): 767-768. [PDF 255kb]

55.     DiBattista, J. D., L. A. Rocha, M. T. Craig, K. A. Feldheim and B. W. Bowen (2012) Phylogeography of two closely related Indo-Pacific butterflyfish reveal divergent evolutionary histories and discordant results from mtDNA and microsatellites. Journal of Heredity 103(5): 617-629. [Featured on journal cover] [PDF 2,407kb]

54.     Harborne, H., H. Jelks, W. F. Smith-Vaniz and L. A. Rocha (2012) Abiotic and biotic controls of cryptobenthic fish assemblages across a Caribbean seascape. Coral Reefs 31: 977-990. [PDF 1,179kb]

53.     Comeros-Raynal, M.T., J. H. Choat, B. E. Polidoro, K. D. Clements, R. Abesamis, A. Candido, E. Capuli, S. Conales Jr., M. T. Craig, M. E. Lazuardi, J. McIlwain, A. Muljadi, R. F. Myers, C. Nañola Jr, S. Pardede, P. Rahardjo, L. A. Rocha, B. Russell, J. C. Sanciangco, B. Stockwell, H. Harwell and K. E. Carpenter (2012) The likelihood of extinction of iconic and dominant components of coral reefs: the parrotfishes and surgeonfishes. PLoS ONE 7(6): e39825. [PDF 395kb]

52.     Ludt, W. B., M. Bernal, B. W. Bowen and L. A. Rocha (2012) Living in the past: Phylogeography and population histories of Indo-Pacific Wrasses (Genus Halichoeres) in shallow lagoons versus outer reef slopes. PLoS ONE 7(6):e38042. [PDF 744kb]

51.    DiBattista, J. D., E. Waldrop, B. W. Bowen, J. K. Schultz, M. Gaither and L. A. Rocha (2012) Twisted sister species of Pygmy Angelfishes: Discordance between taxonomy, coloration, and phylogenetics. Coral Reefs 31: 839-851. [PDF 832kb]

50.    Rocha, L. A., Ross, R. and G. Kopp. 2012. Opportunistic mimicry by a Jawfish. Coral Reefs 31: 285. DOI: 10.1007/s00338-011-0855-y [PDF 304kb]

49.    Luiz, O. J., Madin, J. S., Robertson, D. R., Rocha, L. A., Wirtz, P. and S. R. Floeter. 2012. Ecological traits influencing range expansion across large oceanic dispersal barriers: insights from tropical Atlantic reef fishes. Proceedings of the Royal Society, B 279: 1033-1040. DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2011.1525 [PDF 440kb]

48.    Rocha, L. A., Brito, A. and Robertson, D. R. 2012. Sparisoma choati, a new species of Parrotfish (Labridae: Scarinae) from the tropical eastern Atlantic. Zootaxa 3152: 61-67. [PDF 800kb]

47.    Gaither, M. R., Bowen, B. W., Bordenave, T. R., Rocha, L. A., Newman, S. J., Gomez, J. A., van Herwerden, L. and M. T. Craig. 2011. Phylogeography of the reef fish Cephalopholis argus (Epinephelidae) indicates Pleistocene isolation across the Indo-Pacific Barrier with contemporary overlap in the Coral Triangle. BMC Evolutionary Biology 2011, 11: 189. [PDF 950kb]

46.    Sanciango, M. D., Rocha, L. A. and K. E. Carpenter. 2011. A molecular phylogeny of the Grunts (Perciformes: Haemulidae) inferred using mitochondrial and nuclear genes. Zootaxa 2966: 37-50. [PDF 472kb]

45.    Bernal, M. A. and L. A. Rocha. 2011. Acanthurus tractus Poey, 1860, a valid western Atlantic species of surgeonfish (Teleostei, Acanthuridae), distinct from Acanthurus bahianus Castelnau, 1855. Zootaxa 2905: 63-68. [PDF 390kb]

44.    DiBattista, J. D., Wilcox, C., Craig, M. T., Rocha, L. A. and B. W. Bowen. 2011. Phylogeography of the Pacific Blueline Surgeonfish, Acanthurus nigroris, reveals high genetic connectivity and a cryptic endemic species in the Hawaiian Archipelago. Journal of Marine Biology 2011: 1-17. Article ID 839134, doi:10.1155/2011/839134 [PDF 1980kb]

43.    Eble, J. A., Rocha, L. A., Craig, M. T. and B. W. Bowen. 2010. Not all larvae stay close to home: Insights into marine population connectivity with a focus on the Brown Surgeonfish (Acanthurus nigrofuscus). Journal of Marine Biology 2010: 1-12. Article ID 518516, doi:10.1155/2011/518516 [PDF 860kb]

42.    Rocha, L. A., Pinheiro, H. T. and J. L. Gasparini. 2010. Description of Halichoeres rubrovirens, a new species of wrasse (Labridae: Perciformes) from the Trindade and Martin Vaz island group, southeastern Brazil, with a preliminary mtDNA molecular phylogeny of New World Halichoeres. Zootaxa 2422: 22-30. [PDF 500kb]

41.    Randall, J.E. and L. A. Rocha. 2009. Halichoeres claudia sp. nov., a new Indo-Pacific wrasse (Perciformes: Labridae), the fourth species of the H. ornatissimus complex. Zoological Studies 48(5): 709-718. [PDF 932kb

40.    Randall, J.E. and L. A. Rocha. 2009. Chaetodontoplus poliourus, a new angelfish (Percirformes: Pomacanthidae) from the tropical western Pacific. Raffles Bulletin of Zoology 57(2):  511-520. [PDF 568kb]

39.    Luiz Jr., O. J., C. E. L. Ferreira and L. A. Rocha. 2009. Halichoeres sazimai, a new species of wrasse (Perciformes: Labridae) from the Western South Atlantic. Zootaxa 2092: 37-46. [PDF 784kb]

38.    Lobel, P. S., L. A. Rocha and J. E. Randall. 2009. Color phases and distribution of the western Atlantic labrid fish Halichoeres socialis. Copeia 2009(1): 171-174. [PDF 900kb]

37.    Rocha, L. A., K. C. Lindeman, C. R. Rocha and H. A. Lessios. 2008. Historical biogeography and speciation in the reef fish genus Haemulon (Teleostei: Haemulidae). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 48: 918-928. [PDF 528kb]

36.    Randall, J. E., J. T. Williams and L. A. Rocha. 2008. The Indo-Pacific tetraodontid fish Canthigaster coronata, a complex of three species. Smithiana Bulletin 9: 3-13 [PDF 2630kb]

35.    Rocha, L. A., C. R. Rocha, D. R. Robertson and B. W. Bowen. 2008. Comparative phylogeography of Atlantic reef fishes indicates both origin and accumulation of diversity in the Caribbean. BMC Evolutionary Biology 8: 157. [PDF 704kb]

34.    Randall, J. E., J. L. Earle and L. A. Rocha. 2008. Xyrichtys pastellus, a new razorfish from the southwest Pacific, with discussion of the related X. sciistius and X. woodi. aqua, Journal of Ichthyology 14(3): 149-158. [PDF 225kb]

33.    Rocha, L. A. and B. W. Bowen. 2008. Speciation in coral reef fishes. Journal of Fish Biology 72(5): 1101-1121. [Invited Review] [PDF 224kb]

32.    Floeter, S. R., L. A. Rocha, D. R. Robertson, J. C. Joyeux, W. F. Smith-Vaniz, P. Wirtz, A. Edwards, J. P. Barreiros, C. E. L. Ferreira, J. L. Gasparini, A. Brito, J. M. Falcon, B. W. Bowen, and G. Bernardi.  2008.  Atlantic reef fish biogeography and evolution. Journal of Biogeography 35:22-47. [PDF 1,223kb]

31.    Weaver, D. C., and L. A. Rocha. 2007. A new species of Halichoeres (Teleostei: Labridae) from the western Gulf of Mexico. Copeia 2007 (4):798-807. [PDF 2,679kb]

30.    Rocha, L. A., M. T. Craig and B. W. Bowen. 2007. Phylogeography and the conservation of coral reef fishes. Coral Reefs 26(3): 501-512. [Invited Review] [PDF 684kb]

29.    Wirtz, P., C. E. L. Ferreira, S. R. Floeter, R. Fricke, J. L. Gasparini, T. Iwamoto, L. A. Rocha, C. L. Sampaio and U. K. Shcliewen. 2007. Coastal Fishes of São Tomé and Príncipe islands, Gulf of Guinea (Eastern Atlantic Ocean)—an update. Zootaxa 1523: 1-48. [PDF 2,416kb]

28.    Bowen, B. W., A. Muss, L. A. Rocha and W. S. Grant. 2006. Shallow mtDNA coalescence in Atlantic pygmy angelfish (genus Centropyge) indicates a recent invasion from the Indian Ocean. Journal of Heredity 97(1): 1-12. [Featured on journal cover] [PDF 361kb]

27.    Smith-Vaniz, W. F., H. L. Jelks and L. A. Rocha. 2006. Relevance of cryptic fishes in biodiversity assessments: a case study at Buck Island Reef National Monument, St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands. Bulletin of Marine Science 79(1):17-48. [PDF 1,227kb]

26.    Rocha, L. A., D. R. Robertson, J. Roman and B. W. Bowen. 2005. Ecological speciation in tropical reef fishes. Proceedings of the Royal Society, B 272: 573-579. [Featured on journal cover] [PDF 311kb]

25.    Rocha, L. A., D. R. Robertson, C. R. Rocha, J. L. Van Tassell, M. Craig and B. W. Bowen. 2005. Recent invasion of the tropical Atlantic by an Indo-Pacific coral reef fish. Molecular Ecology 14: 3921-3928. [Fast-Track][PDF 175kb]

24.    Feitoza, B. M., R. S. Rosa and L. A. Rocha. 2005. Ecology and zoogeography of deep reef fishes in northeastern Brazil. Bulletin of Marine Science 76: 725-742. [PDF 681kb]

23.    Rocha, L. A. 2004. Mitochondrial DNA and color pattern variation in three western Atlantic Halichoeres (Labridae), with the revalidation of two species. Copeia 2004(4): 770-782. [PDF 1,725kb]

22.    Guimarães, R. Z. P., J. L. Gasparini and L. A. Rocha. 2004. A new cleaner goby of the genus Elacatinus (Teleostei: Gobiidae) from Trindade Island, off Brazil. Zootaxa 770: 1-8. [PDF 1,091kb]

21.    Rocha, L. A. 2003. Patterns of distribution and processes of speciation in Brazilian reef fishes. Journal of Biogeography 30(8): 1161-1171. [PDF 188kb]

20.    Feitoza, B. M., L. A. Rocha, O. J. Luiz-Junior, S. R. Floeter and J. L. Gasparini. 2003. Reef fishes of St. Paul’s Rocks: new records and notes on biology and zoogeography. Aqua, Journal of Ichthyology 7(2): 61-82. [PDF 756kb]

19.    Ramos, R. T. C., C. Rocha and L. A. Rocha. 2003. New species of Emblemaria (Teleostei: Chaenopsidae) from Northern Brazil. Copeia 2003(1): 95-98. [PDF 162kb]

18.    Rocha, L. A., A. L. Bass, D. R. Robertson and B. W. Bowen. 2002. Adult habitat preferences, larval dispersal and the comparative phylogeography of three Atlantic Acanthurus (Teleostei: Acanthuridae). Molecular Ecology 11(2): 243-252. [PDF 423kb]

17.    Feitoza, B. M., L. A. Rocha, J. L. Gasparini and T. L. Dias. 2002. First record of cleaning activity in the slippery dick, Halichoeres bivittatus (Perciformes: Labridae) off northeastern Brazil. Aqua, Journal of Ichthyology 5(2): 73-76. [PDF 97kb]

16.    Bowen, B. W., A. L. Bass, L. A. Rocha, W. S. Grant and D. R. Robertson. 2001. Phylogeography of the trumpetfish (Aulostomus): Ring species complex on a global scale? Evolution 55(5): 1029-1039. [PDF 127kb]

15.    Rocha, L. A. and I. L. Rosa. 2001. Baseline assessment of reef fish assemblages of Parcel Manuel Luiz Marine State Park, Maranhao, north-east Brazil. Journal of Fish Biology 58: 985-998. [PDF 146kb]

14.    Rocha, L. A. and R. S. Rosa. 2001. Halichoeres brasiliensis (Bloch, 1791), a valid wrasse species (Teleostei: Labridae) from Brazil, with notes on the Caribbean species Halichoeres radiatus (Linnaeus, 1758). Aqua, Journal of Ichthyology 4(4): 161-166. [PDF 2,189kb]

13.    Rocha, L. A., Guimaraes, R. Z. and J. L. Gasparini. 2001. Redescription of the Brazilian wrasse Thalassoma noronhanum (Boulenger, 1890) (Teleostei: Labridae). Aqua, Journal of Ichthyology 4(3): 105-108. [PDF 317kb]

12.    Floeter, S. R., R. Z. P. Guimarães, L. A. Rocha, C. E. L. Ferreira, C. A. Rangel and J. L. Gasparini. 2001. Geographic variation in reef-fish assemblages along the Brazilian coast. Global Ecology and Biogeography 10(4): 423-432. [PDF 331kb]

11.    Gasparini, J. L., L. A. Rocha and S. R. Floeter. 2001. A new Ptereleotris (TELEOSTEI: MICRODESMIDAE) from the Brazilian coast. Aqua, Journal of Ichthyology 4(3): 109-114. [PDF 2,123kb]

10.    Guimaraes, R. Z., J. L. Gasparini, C. E. Ferreira, L. A. Rocha, S. R. Floeter, C. A. Rangel and G. W. Nunan. 2001. Brazilian reef fishes: threatened and unknown richness. Ciencia Hoje 28(168): 16-23. [Featured on journal cover] [In Portuguese][PDF 3,642kb]

9.     Rocha, L. A., I. L. Rosa and B. M. Feitoza. 2000. Sponge dwelling fishes of northeastern Brazil. Environmental Biology of Fishes 59(4): 453-458.[PDF 74kb]

8.     Rocha, L. A. 2000. Aggressive behavior of male Spanish hogfish (Bodianus rufus), in northeastern Brazil. Coral Reefs 19: 184.[PDF 67kb]

7.     Rocha, L. A. and I. L. Rosa. 1999. New Species of Haemulon (TELEOSTEI: HAEMULIDAE) from Northeastern Brazilian Coast. Copeia 1999: 447-452. [PDF 802kb]

6.     Rocha, L. A., I. L. Rosa and R. S. Rosa. 1998. Reef fishes from the coast of Paraíba, Brazil. Revista Brasileira de Zoologia 15: 553-566. [In Portuguese, with abstract in English] [PDF 3,109kb]

5.     Rosa, R. S., I. L. Rosa and L. A. Rocha. 1997. Diversity of the tide pool ichthyofauna from Cabo Branco Beach, João Pessoa, Paraíba, Brazil. Revista Brasileira de Zoologia 14: 201-212. [In Portuguese, with abstract in English] [PDF 919kb]

Invited Book Chapters

4.     Sampaio, C. L. S., Carvalho-Filho, A., Feitoza, B. M., Ferreira, C. E. L., Floeter, S. R., Gasparini, J. L., Rocha, L. A. and Sazima, I. 2006. Threatened and endemic reef fishes from the Brazilian oceanic islands and the Abrolhos reef complex. In: R. J. V. Alves and J. W. A. Castro eds. Ilhas Oceânicas Brasileiras – Da Pesquisa ao Manejo. Brasília, MMA, SBF, pp. 217-234. [in Portuguese]

3.     Rocha, L. A. Family Acanthuridae. In:  Carpenter, K.E. ed. FAO Species Identification Guide for Fishery Purposes. The Living Marine Resources of the Eastern Central Atlantic. Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Rome, Italy. In press.

2.     Rocha, L. A. Family Cirrhitidae. In:  Carpenter, K.E. ed. FAO Species Identification Guide for Fishery Purposes. The Living Marine Resources of the Eastern Central Atlantic. Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Rome, Italy. In press.

1.Rocha, L. A. 2002. Brazilian Reef Fishes. In: Humann, P and N. Deloach eds. Reef Fish Identification, 3rd edn. New World Publications, Jacksonville, pp. 462-479.