The new species Oreochromis mossambicus bassamkhalafi has been named in honour of Dr Khalaf’s father ‘Bassam Ali Taher Khalaf’ (Abu Ali) who was born in Jaffa, Palestine, on 10 March 1938, and who died in Rilchingen-Hanweiler, Germany on 17 February 2006.
Dr Khalaf explained the thought behind the tribute:
“My father was a saltwater and freshwater fish lover all his life. He always kept aquarium fish in our home, and his great hobby was deep sea fishing. I learned a lot from him, including my first animal knowledge and the need to live with love and respect for all the animals we share our planet with.”
What a fitting tribute to a man who passed on his love for nature to others in his family.
Read the Story of this Discovery:
Second Fish Sub-Species Discovered in Two Months in Fujairah UAE, Experiencing the Emirates, 1 November 2009.
Dr Geoff Pound
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The new species Oreochromis mossambicus bassamkhalafi.
Bassam Ali Taher Khalaf. “I learned a lot from him, including my first animal knowledge and the need to live with love and respect for all the animals we share our planet with.”