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53. McCauley, M., D.P. German, N.K. Lujan, C.R. Jackson. 2020. Gut microbiomes of sympatric Amazonian wood-eating catfishes (Loricariidae) reflect host identity and little role in wood digestion. Ecology and Evolution online early view.


52. Lujan, N.K., J.T. Weir, B.P. Noonan, N.R. Lovejoy, N.E. Mandrak. 2020. Is Niagara Falls a barrier to gene flow in riverine fishes? A test using genome-wide SNP data from seven native species. Molecular Ecology 29:1235–1249.


51. Bressman, N.R., J.W. Armbruster, N.K. Lujan, I. Udoh, M. A. Ashley-Ross. 2020. Evolutionary optimization of an anatomical suction cup: Lip collagen content and its correlation with flow and substrate in Neotropical suckermouth catfishes (Loricarioidei). Journal of Morphology 281:676–687.


50. Ortega-Lara, A., N.K. Lujan. 2020. Panaque nigrolineatus laurafabianae, a new commercially exploited subspecies of wood-eating pleco (Loricariidae: Hypostominae) from the Guaviare River basin in Colombia. Zootaxa 4723:393–408.


49. Lujan, N.K., J.W. Armbruster, D.C. Werneke, T.F. Teixeira, N.R. Lovejoy. 2019. Phylogeny and biogeography of the Brazilian-Guiana Shield armored catfish Corymbophanes clade (Loricariidae). Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 29:1235–1249.


48. Roxo, F.F., L.E. Ochoa, M.H. Sabaj, N.K. Lujan, R. Covain, G.S.C. Silva, J. Chang, M.E. Alfaro, J.S. Albert, B.F. Melo, C. Oliveira. 2019. Phylogenomic reappraisal of the suckermouth armored catfish family Loricariidae (Teleostei: Siluriformes) using ultraconserved elements. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 135:148–165.

47. Lujan, N.K. 2019. Fishes that hold their breath?. Journal of Fish Biology 95: 347.


46. Lujan, N.K. 2019. Shining light on larval fish diversity on reefs. Journal of Fish Biology 94: 209.

45. Lujan, N.K. 2019. After 175 years, a species proposed by Darwin and Jenyns is tested. Journal of Fish Biology 94:4.


44. Moody, E.K., N.K. Lujan, K.A. Roach, K.O. Winemiller. 2019. Threshold elemental ratios and the temperature dependence of herbivory in fishes. Functional Ecology. DOI: 10.1111/1365-2435.13301  


43. Armbruster, J.W., L. Greene, N.K. Lujan. 2018. Using morphology to test DNA-based phylogenetic relationships within the Guiana Shield catfish tribe Lithoxini (Siluriformes: Loricariidae). Copeia 106:671–680.


42. Lujan, N.K., J.W. Armbruster, N.R. Lovejoy. 2018. Multilocus phylogeny, diagnosis and generic revision of the Guiana Shield endemic suckermouth armored catfish tribe Lithoxini (Loricaridae: Hypostominae). Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 184:1169–1186. 

41. Geda, S.R., N.K. Lujan, M.A. Perkins, E. Abernethy, M.H. Sabaj, M.M. Gangloff. 2018. Multilocus phylogeny of the zebra mussel family Dreissenidae (Mollusca: Bivalvia) reveals a fourth Neotropical genus sister to all other genera. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 127:1020–1033.

40. Collins, R.A., A.G. Bifi, R.R. de Oliveira, E.D. Ribeiro, N.K. Lujan, L.H. Rapp Py-Daniel, and T. Hrbek. 2018. Biogeography and species delimitation of the rheophilic suckermouth-catfish genus Pseudolithoxus (Siluriformes: Loricariidae), with the description of a new species from the Brazilian Amazon. Systematics and Biodiversity 16:538–550.

39. Fitzgerald, D.B., M.H. Sabaj, L.M. Sousa, A.P. Gonçalves, L. Rapp Py-Daniel, N.K. Lujan, J. Zuanon, K.O. Winemiller, J.G. Lundberg. 2018. Diversity and community composition of rapids-dwelling fishes of the Xingu River: Implications for conservation amid large-scale hydroelectric development. Biological Conservation 200:104–112[Featured in Brazilian newspaper Estadão (English)]

38. Thomson, S.A., R.L. Pyle, S. Ahyong, and 181 signatories. 2018. Taxonomy based on science is necessary for global conservation. PLoS Biology 16:e2005075. [Interview conducted with UTSC; ROM blog post; Danish museum blog]

37. Armbruster, J.W., P. van der Sleen, and N.K. Lujan. 2017.  Subfamily Rhinelepinae – pineapple plecos. pp. 259–287. In: P. van der Sleen and J. Albert, eds. A Field Guide to the Fishes of the Amazon – Fish Genera of the Amazon, Orinoco and Guianas. Princeton University Press, Princeton. [Book enthusiastically reviewed in Practical Fishkeeping magazine]

36. Armbruster, J.W., P. van der Sleen, and N.K. Lujan. 2017.  Subfamily Lithogeninae – climbing armored catfishes. pp. 286–287. In: P. van der Sleen and J. Albert, eds. A Field Guide to the Fishes of the Amazon – Fish Genera of the Amazon, Orinoco and Guianas. Princeton University Press, Princeton.

35. Armbruster, J.W., P. van der Sleen, and N.K. Lujan. 2017.  Subfamily Hypostominae – plecos and relatives. pp. 259–286. In: P. van der Sleen and J. Albert, eds. A Field Guide to the Fishes of the Amazon – Fish Genera of the Amazon, Orinoco and Guianas. Princeton University Press, Princeton.

34. Castiglione, G.M., F.E. Hauser, B.S. Liao, N.K. Lujan, A. Van Nynatten, J.M. Morrow, R.K. Schott, N. Bharracharyya, S.Z. Dungan, and B.S.W. Chang. 2017. Evolution of nonspectral rhodopsin function at high altitudes. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 114:7385–7390. [Popular article published by University of Toronto]

33. Roxo, F.F., N.K. Lujan, V.A. Tagliacollo, B.T. Waltz, G.S.C. Silva, C. Oliveira, and J.S. Albert. 2017. Shift from slow- to fast-water habitats accelerates lineage and phenotype evolution in a clade of Neotropical suckermouth catfishes (Loricariidae: Hypoptopomatinae). PLoS ONE 12:1511–1529.

32. Harrison, I.J., J. Arroyave, N.K. Lujan, J. F. Craig. 2017. Correct procedure for uploading information on new taxonomic names to ZooBank. Journal of Fish Biology 90:1167–1169.

31. Lujan, N.K., C.A. Cramer, R. Covain, S. Fisch-Muller, and H. López-Fernández. 2017. Multilocus molecular phylogeny of the ornamental wood-eating catfishes (Siluriformes, Loricariidae, Panaqolus and Panaque) reveals undescribed diversity and parapatric clades. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 109: 321–336.

30. Silva, G., F.F. Roxo, N.K. Lujan, V.A. Tagliacollo, C.H. Zawadski and C. Oliveira. 2016. Transcontinental dispersal, ecological opportunity and origins of an adaptive radiation in the Neotropical catfish genus Hypostomus (Siluriformes: Hypostominae). Molecular Ecology 25:1511–1529.

29. Ceríaco, L.M., E.E. Gutiérrez, A. Dubois, and 490 signatories. 2016. Photography-based taxonomy is inadequate, unnecessary, and potentially harmful for biological sciences.  Zootaxa 4196: 435–445.


28. Armbruster, J.W. and N.K. Lujan. 2016. A new species of Peckoltia from the Upper Orinoco (Siluriformes: Loricariidae). ZooKeys 569:105–121. [Featured in Advanced Aquarist]


27. Winemiller, K.O., P. McIntyre, L. Castello, E. Fluet-Chouinard, T. Giarrizzo, S. Nam, I.G. Baird, W. Darwall, N.K. Lujan, I. Harrison, M.L.J. Stiassny, R.A.M. Silvano, D.B. Fitzgerald, F.M. Pelicice, A.A. Agostinho, L.C. Gomes, J.S. Albert, E. Baran, M. Petrere Jr., C. Zarfle, M. Mulligan, J.P. Sullivan, C. Arantes, L.M. Sousa, A.A. Koning, D.J. Hoeinghaus, M. Sabaj, J.G. Lundberg, J. Armbruster, M.L. Thieme, P. Petry, J. Zuanon, G. Torrente Vilara, J. Snoeks, C. Ou, W. Rainboth, C.S. Pavanelli, A. Akama, A. van Soesbergan and L. Sáenz. 2016. Balancing hydropower and biodiversity in the Amazon, Congo, and Mekong: Basin-scale planning is needed to minimize impacts in mega-diverse rivers. Science 351:128–129. [Featured in The GuardianHuffington Post, ScienceDaily,  The Freshwater Blog]


26. Lujan, N.K., V. Meza-Vargas, V. Astudillo-Clavijo, R. Barriga-Salazar and H. López-Fernández. 2015. Multilocus molecular phylogeny for Chaetostoma Clade genera and species with a review of Chaetostoma (Siluriformes: Loricariidae) from the central Andes. Copeia 103:664–701. [Copeia's 2015 Best Paper Young Scholar, Ichthyology]


25. Lujan, N.K., V. Meza-Vargas and R. Barriga-Salazar. 2015. Two new Chaetostoma group (Loricariidae: Hypostominae) sister genera from opposite sides of the Andes Mountains in Ecuador, with the description of one new species. Copeia 103:651–663.


24. Lujan, N.K. and K. Conway. 2015. Life in the fast lane: a review of rheophily in freshwater fishes. pp. 107–136 in: R. Riesch, M. Plath, M. Tobler, eds. Extremophile Fishes. Springer, Dordrecht.


23. Lujan, N.K., J. Armbruster, N. Lovejoy and H. López-Fernández. 2015. Multilocus molecular phylogeny of the Loricariidae (Pisces: Siluriformes) with a focus on subfamily Hypostominae. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 82A:269–288. [Featured in Amazonas Magazine in English and German]


22. Londoño-Burbano, A., S. Lefebvre and N.K. Lujan. 2014. A new species of Limatulichthys Isbrücker & Nijssen (Loricariidae: Loricariinae) from the western Guiana Shield. Zootaxa. 3884:360–370.


21. Lujan, N.K., S. Steele and M. Velasquez. 2013. A new distinctively banded species of Panaqolus (Siluriformes: Loricariidae) from the western Amazon Basin in Peru. Zootaxa 3691:192–198.


20. Lujan, N.K., K.A. Roach, D. Jacobsen, K.O. Winemiller, V. Meza Vargas, V. Rimarachín Chang and J. Arana Maestre 2013. Aquatic community structure across an Andes-to-Amazon fluvial gradient. Journal of Biogeography 40:1715–1728.


19. Lujan, N.K., H. Agudelo-Zamora, D.C. Taphorn, P.N. Booth and H. López-Fernández. 2013. Description of a new, narrowly endemic South American darter (Characiformes: Crenuchidae) from the central Guiana Shield highlands of Guyana. Copeia 2013:454–463.


18. Lujan, N.K., K.O. Winemiller and J.W. Armbruster. 2012. Trophic diversity in the evolution and community assembly of loricariid catfishes. BMC Evolutionary Biology 12:124. [Highly Accessed]


17. Conway, K.W., N.K. Lujan, J.G. Lundberg, R.L. Mayden and D.S. Siegel. 2012. Microanatomy of the paired-fin pads of ostariophysan fishes (Teleostei: Ostariophysi). Journal of Morphology 273:1127–1149.


16. Lujan, N.K. and J.W. Armbruster. 2012. Morphological and functional diversity of the mandible in suckermouth armored catfishes (Siluriformes: Loricariidae). Journal of Morphology 273:24–39.


15. Lujan, N.K., D.P. German and K.O. Winemiller. 2011. Do wood-grazing fishes partition their niche?: morphological and isotopic evidence for trophic segregation in Neotropical Loricariidae. Functional Ecology 25:1327–1338. [Featured in Practical Fishkeeping]


14. Lujan, N.K. and J.W. Armbruster. 2011. A new basal Ancistrini genus and species from the Andes of Northern Peru (Siluriformes: Loricariidae). Copeia 2011:397–502.


13. Lujan, N.K. and J. Birindelli. 2011. A new distinctively banded species of Pseudolithoxus (Siluriformes: Loricariidae) from the upper Orinoco River. Zootaxa 2941:38–46. [Featured in Practical Fishkeeping]


12. Lujan, N.K. and J.W. Armbruster. 2011. Two new genera and species of Ancistrini (Siluriformes: Hypostominae) from the western Guiana Shield. Copeia 2011(2):216–225. [Featured in Practical Fishkeeping]


11. Lujan, N.K. and J.W. Armbruster. 2011. The Guiana Shield. pp. 211-224 In: J. Albert, R. Reis, eds. Historical Biogeography of Neotropical Freshwater Fishes. University of California Press, Berkeley.


10. Lujan, N.K., M. Hidalgo and D.J. Stewart. 2010. Revision of Panaque (Panaque), with descriptions of three new species from the Amazon Basin (Siluriformes, Loricariidae). Copeia 2010(4):676–704. [Journal Cover.  Featured in Practical FishkeepingNational Geographic]


9. Lujan, N.K., M. Arce and J.W. Armbruster. 2009. A new black Baryancistrus with blue sheen from the upper Orinoco (Siluriformes: Loricariidae). Copeia 2009(1):50–56. [Featured in Practical Fishkeeping]


8. Lujan, N.K. and C. Chamon. 2008. Two new species of Loricariidae (Teleostei: Siluriformes) from main channels of the upper and middle Amazon Basin, with discussion of deep water specialization in loricariids. Ichthyological Exploration of Freshwaters 19:271–282. [Featured in Practical Fishkeeping]


7. Lujan, N.K. 2008. Description of a new Lithoxus (Siluriformes: Loricariidae) from the Guayana Highlands with a discussion of Guiana Shield biogeography. Neotropical Ichthyology 6:413–418. [Featured in Practical Fishkeeping]


6. Rengifo, B., N.K. Lujan, D. Taphorn and P. Petry. 2008. A new species of Gelanoglanis (Siluriformes: Auchenipteridae) from the Marañon River (Amazon Basin), northeastern Peru. Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia 157:181–188.


5. Lujan, N.K., J.W. Armbruster and M.H. Sabaj. 2007. Two new species of Pseudancistrus from southern Venezuela (Siluriformes: Loricariidae). Ichthyological Exploration of Freshwaters 18:163–174. [Journal Cover. Featured in Practical Fishkeeping]


4. Armbruster, J.W., L.A. Tansey and N.K. Lujan. 2007. Hypostomus rhantos (Siluriformes: Loricariidae), a new species from southern Venezuela. Zootaxa 1553:59–68. [Featured in Practical Fishkeeping]


3. Armbruster, J.W., N.K. Lujan and D.C. Taphorn. 2007. Four new Hypancistrus (Siluriformes: Loricariidae) from Amazonas, Venezuela. Copeia 2007(1):62–79. [Featured in Practical Fishkeeping]


2. Werneke, D.C., M.H. Sabaj, N.K. Lujan and J.W. Armbruster. 2005. Baryancistrus demantoides and Hemiancistrus subviridis, two new uniquely colored species of catfishes from Venezuela (Siluriformes: Loricariidae). Neotropical Ichthyology 3:533–542.


1. Werneke, D.C., J.W. Armbruster, N.K. Lujan and D.C. Taphorn. 2005. Hemiancistrus guahiborum, a new suckermouth armored catfish from Southern Venezuela (Siluriformes: Loricariidae). Neotropical Ichthyology 3:543–548.

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