Conventions and Workshops of the GWG


  Afterthoughts and announcements of the GWG conventions right from the beginning in 2010 up to the last ones. This page presents step by step (as long as the speakers gave the permission and the talk was still available) the given talks as pdfs to give participants the opportunity to refresh their memory and interested persons the possibilty to increase their knowledge about Goodeids by having a brief view on the slides. You can also see the dates of the coming conventions to plan your year. Enjoy the talk-rides! 



1st European Convention (EGWG)

07. - 09.11.2010: Barcelona, Spain

Grioche, Alain: Threatened species: American Cyprinodontiformes

Kenwood, Don: Fish Ark Project - The future

Zapater, Manuel: Aphanius protection - a detailed case study

Webb, Shane: Diversification of the livebearing Mexican Goodeidae: Pattern and process in macroevolution

Chevoleau, Philippe: Sustainable practice in the Aquarium Hobby


2nd European Convention (EGWG)

07. - 09.10.2011: Pont L' Eveque, France

Tobler, Michael: A natural history of the vanishing Mexican desert fishes of the genus Characodon

de Jong, Kees: Goodeids

Köck, Michael: Outdoor Summer Keeping

Domínguez, Omar: History of the Fish Ark project


3rd European Convention (EGWG)

28. - 30.09.2012: Vienna, Austria

Lyons, John: Will Mexican Goodeids survive the 21st century? The alarming decline and precarious future of wild Goodeid populations in Mexico

Piller, Kyle: Phylogeography and population structure of the imperiled Redfin Splitfin, Xenotoca eiseni, implications for conservation

Artigas Azas, Juan Miguel: The easternmost habitats of Goodeids, e. g. the Laguna Media Luna, the Río Panuco and desert habitats of the Relict Splitfin, Xenoophorus captivus.

Goodchild, Shawn: The Goodeids of the United States: The Empetrichthys and Crenichthys.

Corona Santiago, Diushi K'eri: The hard life of the Allotoca and Neeophorus genera: A perspective made from their evolutionary history.


1st American Convention (NAGWG) 

25. - 28.04.2013: part of the ALA spring convention, Grand Rapids, Michigan

Köck, Michael: Raising the veil: Goodeid captive maintenance and conservation at the Haus des Meeres and Europe in general

Köck, Michael: From a need to a structure: The Goodeid Working Group in Europe - origin, organisation, goals and progress


4th European Convention(EGWG)

06. - 08.09.2013: Asperen, Netherlands

Forcier, Richard: Goodeid biotops

Woeltjes, Tonny (Wildekamp, Ruud): Crenichthys and Empetrichthys

Mar Silva, Adan Fernando: Molecular systematics of Xenotoca melanosoma, an endemic species of Central Mexico

Forcier, Richard: A complete review of the Goodeid family from a hobbyist's view


2nd American Convention (NAGWG) 

15. - 18.05.2014: part of the ALA spring convention, St. Louis, Missouri

Lyons, John: NAGWG

Lyons, John: Will Mexican Goodeids survive this century?

Lyons, John: The Goodeid Working Group: An International Captive Breeding and Maintenance Network to conserve Goodeid Fishes


1st International Convention

05. - 07.11.2014: Morelia, Mexico

de Jong, Kees: Breeding Goodeids (in captivity)

Domínguez, Omar: Fish Ark Mexico - Reintroducing Zoogoneticus tequila

del Rocio Pedraza Marrón, Carmen: The loss of Goodeids and other fish populations

Lyons, John: The role of the Goodeid Working Group (GWG) in the captive maintenance of the Goodeid fishes

Valdés Gonzáles, Acadio: Observations on the reproduction and maintenance of Characodon audax and lateralis under conditons of captivity.

Artigas Azas, Juan Miguel: Characodon -  the ancient Goodeids


3rd American Convention (NAGWG)

01. - 03.05.2015: part of the ALA spring convention, Lancaster, Pennsylvania

Lyons, John: A Primer on Captive Maintenance Concepts for Goodeid Conservation

Lyons, John: 30 Years of Adventures Collecting Wild Livebearers in Mexico

Lyons, John: Can Mexican Goodeids survive?


5th European Convention (EGWG)

30.10.- 01.11.2015: Lübeck, Germany

Köck, Michael: The Relict Splitfin - History. Life. Distribution

Beltrán Lopez. Rosa Gabriela: Molecular phylogeny of the species of the genus Ilyodon (Goodeidae)

Kunath, Dietmar: Computer Aided Bibliographical Data of Goodeid Fishes

Neal, Chris: Goodeid Preservation - A different way of looking at Goodeid preservation and future plans


4th American Convention (NAGWG)

29.04.-01.05.2016: part of the ALA spring convention, Southbend, Indiana

Lyons, John: Conserving Endangered Mexican Goodeid Livebearers: The Critical Role of the Aquarium Hobbyist

Lyons, John: The Livebearers of Teuchitlán SpringsTru the Ages: A Biological, Cultural, and Recreational History of Ameca splendens, Skiffia francesae, and Zoogoneticus tequila


6th European Convention (EGWG)

29.09. - 01.10.2016: Lisbon, Portugal

Domínguez, Omar: Advances in the Zoogoneticus tequila reintroduction project

Andrade, Miguel: Cool Fish

Costa, Gonçalo: Feeding our fishes: When and how?

Hunter, Nigel: The Quest


5th American Convention (NAGWG)

04. - 07.05.2017: part of the ALA spring convention, St.Louis, Missouri


May in Vienna - European Goodeid Weekend 17 (EGWG)

26.-28.05.2017: Vienna, Austria

Köck, Michael (Presentation and Workshop): Collecting and shipping Goodeids from Mexico to Europe. Procedures - Permits - Problems.


7th European Convention (EGWG)

06.-08.10.2017: Płock, Poland

Poeser, Fred and students: AICS2Rescue, a project to maintain three species of goodeid fishes for educational purposes

Scheiwiller, André: Focus on Goodeids

Köck, Michael: Durango 2015 - Searching for Characodon

Stevens, Shaun: Goodeid Conservation at Tropiquaria Zoo


6th American Convention (NAGWG)

04. - 06.05.2018: part of the ALA spring convention, Grand Rapids, Michigan


June in Oslo - European Goodeid Weekend 18 (EGWG)

15.-17.06.2018: Oklungen, Norway

Koeck, Michael: Let's do a survey trip!

Koeck, Michael: Let's collect some fish!


2nd International Convention

09.-11.11.2018: Guadalajára, Mexico

Piller, Kyle: Diversification of the Goodeids

Santana Castellon, Eduardo: The Museo de Ciencias Ambientales: Developing a new type of natural history museum for the conservation of the freshwater fishes of western Mexico

Valdés Gonzales, Arcadio: Thermal tolerances of the Goodeids

Artigas Azas, Juan Miguel: Conservation of Xenoophorus captivus (Goodeidae)

Hartman, Pat: A personal history of Goodeid captive maintenance in the Midwestern United States

Ramírez García, Arely: Reproductive ecology of native Goodeids and introduced livebearers at the Teuchitlán Springs

Medina Nava, Martina: Citizen participation in the conservation of the fishes of Zacapú Lake, Michoacán

Köck, Michael: Redlisting Goodeids for the IUCN, process and shortcommings

Schleussner, Günther: The 2016 GWG Goodeid survey of the state of Jalisco

Mercado Silva, Norman: The 2016-2017 survey of the livebearers of the state of Morelos

Lyons, John: Conservation status of the native fishes that co-occur with Goodeids in central Mexico

Domínguez-Domínguez, Omar et al.: Zoogoneticus tequila reintroduction project: an international cooperative project


May in Vienna - European Goodeid Weekend 19 (EGWG)

Koeck, Michael: The important work of a (Citizen) Conservationist


7th American Convention (NAGWG)


8th European Convention

15.-17.11.2019: Chester, United Kingdom

Swatman, Andrea et al.: VIE (Visible Implant Elastomer) - Tagging

Stevens, Shaun: Goodeids and me

MacAllister, David: Collecting fish in Mexico and Central America

Koeck, Michael: Darter Goodeids of the genus Allodontichthys

Lyons, John: The first five years of the North American Branch of the GWG: the challenges of building a hobbyist-based Goodeid conservation network


May in Vienna - European Goodeid Weekend 20 (EGWG) - cancelled due to Corona Virus crisis


8th American Convention (NAGWG) - cancelled due to Corona Virus crisis


9th European Convention - postponed to 2021 due to Corona Virus crisis


9th American Convention (NAGWG) - cancelled due to Corona Virus crisis


May in Vienna - European Goodeid Weekend 21 (EGWG) - cancelled due to Corona Virus crisis


9th European Convention (together with the 1st European Convention of the Xiphophorus Working Group)

01.-03.10.2021: Ostrava, Czech Republic

Arbuatti, Alessio: Experiences with ex situ breeding of Zoogoneticus tequila from 2010 to 2020 with focus on observed diseases 

Rejlková, Markéta: The genus Xiphophorus and the path to the Xiphophorus Working Group



3rd International Convention, 2022, Mexico 

10th European Convention, fall 2023 Slovenija

11th European Convention, fall 2024, Hungary

12th European Convention, fall 2025, Italy

4th International Convention, 2026, Mexico