Aléssio Datovo

Fish Curator

Aléssio Datovo


(55) (11) 2065-8145
Mailing address:
Avenida Nazaré, 481 Ipiranga
04263-000 São Paulo, SP, BRASIL


He has an undergraduate degree in Biological Sciences (2004), a master’s degree (2006) and a doctoral degree (2011) in Comparative Biology, and a postdoctoral research (2014) from the Universidade de São Paulo. He is currently Professor and Curator of the Ichthyological Collection of the Museu de Zoologia da Universidade de São Paulo. He is an associate researcher of the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution (Washington, DC, EUA). He has experience in teaching and research in the areas of Vertebrate Zoology and Phylogenetics Systematics. He acts in the fields of evolution and diversity of fish.

Line of research

Evolution and Diversity of Fish

Academic activities

  • Ichthyological Collection Curatorship
  • Graduate degree courses:
  1. Phylogenetic Analysis of Phenotypic Characters: Theory and Practice
  2. Evolution of the musculoskeletal system in Actinopterygii

Alunos/Pós-doutores do laboratório

Luiz Antônio Wanderley Peixoto (Pós-Doutorando, MZUSP)
Paulo Presti Migliavacca (Doutorado em Sistemática, Taxonomia Animal e Biodiversidade, MZUSP)
George Vita de Oliveira (Doutorado em Sistemática, Taxonomia Animal e Biodiversidade, MZUSP)
Gabriela Machado Correa de Moraes (Iniciação Científica, MZUSP)

Publicações selecionadas

Pastana, M. N. L.; Datovo, A.; Bockmann, F. A. In press. The cephalic lateral-line system of Characiformes (Teleostei; Ostariophysi): anatomy and phylogenetic implications. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, Early View (

da Silva, J. P. C. B.; Datovo, A.; Johnson, G. D. 2019. Phylogenetic interrelationships of the eel families Derichthyidae and Colocongridae (Elopomorpha: Anguilliformes) based on the pectoral skeleton. Journal of Morphology 280 (7): 934-947.

Datovo, A.; Rizzato, P. P. 2018. Evolution of the facial musculature in basal ray-finned fishes. Frontiers in Zoology 15 (40): 1-29.

Bockmann, F. A. ; Rodrigues, M. T.; Kohsldorf, T.; Straker, L. C.; Grant, T.; de Pinna, M. C. C.; Mantelatto, F. L. M.; Datovo, A.; Pombal, J. P.; McNamara, J. C.; de Almeida, E. A. B.; Klein, W.; Hsiou, A. S.; Groppo, M.; Castro, R. M. C.; Amorim, D. D. 2018. Brazil’s government attacks biodiversity. Science 360: 865.

Ochoa, L. E.; Roxo, F. F.; DoNascimiento, C.; Sabaj, M. H., Datovo, A.; Alfaro, M.; Oliveira, C. 2017. Multilocus analysis of the catfish family Trichomycteridae (Teleostei: Ostariophysi: Siluriformes) supporting a monophyletic Trichomycterinae. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 115: 71-81.

Datovo, A. & Vari, R. P. 2014. The adductor mandibulae muscle complex in lower teleostean fishes (Osteichthyes: Actinopterygii): comparative anatomy, synonymy, and phylogenetic implications. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 171: 554-622.

Datovo, A., de Pinna, M. C. C. & Johnson, G. D. 2014. The infrabranchial musculature and its bearing on the phylogeny of percomorph fishes (Osteichthyes:Teleostei). PlosOne 9: e110129: 1-22.

Datovo, A. & Vari, R. P. 2013. The jaw adductor muscle complex in teleostean fishes: evolution, homologies and revised nomenclature (Osteichthyes: Actinopterygii). PlosOne 8: e60846: 1-23.

Dagosta, F. C. P. ; Datovo, A. 2013. Monophyly of the Agoniatinae (Characiformes: Characidae). Zootaxa 3646: 265-276.

Datovo, A. & Castro, R. M. C. 2012. Anatomy and evolution of the mandibular, hyopalatine, and opercular muscles in characiform fishes (Teleostei: Ostariophysi). Zoology (Jena) 115: 84-116.

Datovo, A. & Bockmann, F. A. 2010. Dorsolateral head muscles of the catfish families Nematogenyidae and Trichomycteridae (Siluriformes: Loricarioidei): comparative anatomy and phylogenetic analysis. Neotropical Ichthyology 8: 193-246.