Sophie White

Sophie White

Mentor

Dr. Larry Page

College

Florida Museum of Natural History

Major

Marine Sciences & Chinese

Minor

International Studies in Agricultural and Life Sciences & Certificate in Teaching English as a Second Language

Organizations

AWARE, Alpha Zeta, Marine Biology Club

Academic Awards

CALS Dean's List, University Scholars Program

Volunteering

N/A

Research Interests

Phylogenetics, aquaculture

Hobbies and Interests

BTS, videography, reading, traveling, snorkeling

Research Project

Describing a species of the genus Pangio (Cobitidae)

The genus Pangio (Cobitidae) is a group of freshwater “eel-like loaches” that are endemic to South and Southeast Asia. Ichthyologists from the Florida Museum of Natural History (FLMNH) have collected specimens from several species of Pangio over the past decade. Of the current collection, most specimens are from drainages in Cambodia, Thailand, and the Malay Peninsula, with the specimens from Thailand and Cambodia having been collected most recently. Molecular research conducted from tissue samples of FLMNH’s Pangio specimens and morphological comparisons have revealed a species within the collection from Cambodia that is believed to be undescribed taxonomically. Describing this species will allow for a more accurate understanding of the diversity of the genus and the distribution of species, as well as testing previously published estimates of phylogenetic relationships among species of Pangio.


  • Dr. Larry Page
  • Marine Sciences & Chinese
  • International Studies in Agricultural and Life Sciences & Certificate in Teaching English as a Second Language
  • Phylogenetics, aquaculture
  • CALS Dean's List, University Scholars Program
  • AWARE, Alpha Zeta, Marine Biology Club
  • N/A
  • BTS, videography, reading, traveling, snorkeling
  • Describing a species of the genus Pangio (Cobitidae)
  • The genus Pangio (Cobitidae) is a group of freshwater “eel-like loaches” that are endemic to South and Southeast Asia. Ichthyologists from the Florida Museum of Natural History (FLMNH) have collected specimens from several species of Pangio over the past decade. Of the current collection, most specimens are from drainages in Cambodia, Thailand, and the Malay Peninsula, with the specimens from Thailand and Cambodia having been collected most recently. Molecular research conducted from tissue samples of FLMNH’s Pangio specimens and morphological comparisons have revealed a species within the collection from Cambodia that is believed to be undescribed taxonomically. Describing this species will allow for a more accurate understanding of the diversity of the genus and the distribution of species, as well as testing previously published estimates of phylogenetic relationships among species of Pangio.