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RIP Dr. Herbert Richard Axelrod

By Leonard Ho - Posted May 23, 2017 09:00 AM
It is with sadness we report the passing of Dr. Herbert Richard Axelrod, one of the aquarium hobby's pioneering and most influential experts, on May 15, 2017. Dr. Axelrod was 89 years old


Dr. Herbert Richard Axelrod's most recognizable contribution to the aquarium hobby was the magazine he founded in 1952, Tropical Fish Hobbyist Magazine (TFH), which is still in circulation today.  If you're reading this, you've likely read many issues of TFH as well.  He also authored many books including Handbook of Tropical Aquarium Fishes (1955), which sold more than a million copies during a time when aquarium books were a rarity unlike today, and his most recent book, Dr. Axelrod's Atlas of Freshwater Aquarium Fishes.  Suffice it to say, the hobby today would be a very different place if not for Dr. Axelrod.

Our thanks to our friends at AquaA3 for sharing this news with us.

Many fish species have been named after Dr. Axelrod due to his numerous contributions to ichthyology.  Here are ten tropical fish species named in his honor:

Author: Leonard Ho
Location: Southern California

I'm a passionate aquarist of over 30 years, a coral reef lover, and the blog editor for Advanced Aquarist. While aquarium gadgets interest me, it's really livestock (especially fish), artistry of aquariums, and "method behind the madness" processes that captivate my attention.


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