John E. Randall

From Microcosm Aquarium Explorer


Dr. Jack Randall examining just-discovered Pseudanthias specimens in a makeshift lab aboard a dive vessel off NW Australia in 1987. This fish was eventually described as Pseudanthias sheni Shen's Anthias, Randall & Allen, 1989. Gerald R. Allen.

Dr. John E. Randall is Senior Ichthyologist Emeritus of the Bishop Museum in Honolulu, member of the Graduate Faculty in Zoology of the University of Hawaii, and Distinguished Fellow of the American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists.

Dr. Randall, known to colleagues as Jack, has had a long and distinguished career as an ichthyologist and is considered the world’s leading authority on the systematic study of coral-reef fishes.

He has described 555 new species of reef fishes – more than anyone in history. He currently serves as the Senior Ichthyologist of the Bishop Museum in Honolulu and is also a member of the Graduate Faculty in Zoology of the University of Hawai‘i.

He has authored 688 publications in marine zoology, including guidebooks on fishes of the Caribbean Sea, Red Sea, Oman, Maldive Islands, Great Barrier Reef, and islands of the South Pacific.

For a list of publications, see: John E. Randall, Ph.D.. See also: Scott’s Fairy Wrasse and Sir Peter Scott. By John E. Randall: Foreword: Reef Fishes I Series by Scott W. Michael.