Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Murilo Pastana

Sara E. and Bruce B. Collette Postdoctoral Fellowship in Systematic Ichthyology
Department / Division
  • B.S., Universidade de São Paulo, Ribeirão Preto
  • M.S., Universidade de São Paulo, Ribeirão Preto
  • Ph.D., Universidade de São Paulo, Museu de Zoologia


Research Interests

Interrelationship of percomorph fishes based on phenotypic characters. Morphology and evolution of bone, muscle, and lateral-line system complexes. Taxonomy of South American freshwater fishes.


Pastana MNL, Bockmann FA & Datovo A. 2019. The cephalic lateral-line system of Characiformes (Teleostei: Ostariophysi): anatomy and phylogenetic implications. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society. DOI: 10.1093/zoolinnean/zlz105/5588737

Pastana MNL, Dagosta FCP, Esguícero ALH. 2017. A new sexually dichromatic miniature Hyphessobrycon (Teleostei: Characiformes: Characidae) from the Rio Formiga, upper Rio Juruena basin, Mato Grosso, Brazil, with a review of sexual dichromatism in Characiformes. Journal of Fish Biology, 91: 1301-1318.

Pastana MNL. & Slobodian V. 2018. Description of a new Pimelodella (Siluriformes: Heptapteridae) species with a discussion on the upper pectoral girdle homology of Siluriformes. Journal of Fish Biology, 93: 901-916.

Pastana MNL, Ohara, WM. 2016. A new species of Hyphessobrycon Durbin (Characiformes: Characidae) from rio Aripuanã, rio Madeira basin, Brazil. Zootaxa, 4161: 386-398.

Abrahão VP, Pastana MNL, Marinho MM. 2019. On a remarkable sexual dimorphic trait in the Characiformes related to the olfactory organ and description of a new miniature species of Tyttobrycon Géry (Characiformes: Characidae). DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0226130