AMCS Bulletin 26, The Astyanax Caves of Mexico

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AMCS Bulletin 26, The Astyanax Caves of Mexico

Postby Speodesmus » May 16, 2018 3:34 pm

Announcing the publication of AMCS Bulletin 26:

The Astyanax Caves of Mexico. Cavefishes of Tamaulipas,
San Luis Potosí, and Guerrero

by William R. Elliott, with contributions by Luis Espinasa and Jean Louis Lacaille Múzquiz


Elliott, William R. 2018. The Astyanax Caves of Mexico. Cavefishes of Tamaulipas, San Luis Potosí, and Guerrero. Association for Mexican Cave Studies, Bulletin 26. Austin, Texas. 326 pp.

This well illustrated book was many years in the making. It covers the Sierra de El Abra Region, one of the premier cave areas of Mexico. The book includes a lot of history, biology, hydrogeology, cave accounts, caver stories, and more—something for everyone. The book is 326 pp. with 14 chapters, 6 appendices, 18 tables, 15 area maps, 53 cave maps, 3 illustrations, 183 photos, 1001 references, 8 caver stories, many Spanish summaries, and acknowledgments of 282 cavers and scientists. A folded regional geologic/topographic map, 10” x 29” (25 x 74 cm), suitable for field work, is included in an envelope in the back cover.

There are now 31 known Astyanax cavefish sites in the El Abra Region, adding two more to the known count. More details about the book will be placed soon on Elliott’s website,

Dr. William R. (Bill) Elliott is handling books for people on a pre-order list. If you were on that list please order through Bill unless you are in Texas or nearby, then try Peter Sprouse. (If you were on Bill’s list let him know if you are ordering through Peter). Elliott’s email is

To purchase a copy, contact Peter Sprouse in Austin, Texas, at or see A payment of $30.00 plus postage via PayPal is required. US addresses should add $4.00 for media mail for the first copy, and an additional $1.00 for each subsequent copy in the same container. Foreign addresses require higher postage; contact Peter to get the cost of postage. Some copies may be on sale at the 2018 NSS Convention in Helena, Montana, July 28-Aug. 3, 2018.
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