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What We Do.

The global climate is dependent on the health and safety of the Amazon rainforest. In Iquitos, Peru, the world has an opportunity to assist the local villagers in making a living in a manner that does not do further damage to vulnerable rainforest ecology through the implementation of the Amazon Research Center laboratory.

Our efforts support research on the state of the fish species in the region and strategies on how to help protect and increase their numbers.

Research Facilities.

ARCOF is open to scientists throughout the globe to conduct research on the ecology and conservation of local fisheries. The center includes labs and dormitories to support students and researchers alike. The pathology lab undertakes research on the diseases that are commonly found in the ornamental fish trade in Iquitos.

Contact Dr. Anthony Mazeroll to receive further information on how to reserve time and space at the research center.


Research Projects & Publications.

Research Projects

  • The impacts of non-native Gouramis on native fishes in Iquitos.

  • Competition between guppies and killifish in the Peruvian Amazon.

  • Differential uptake of nutrients by emergent plants in aquaculture effluent water.

  • Reproduction of ornamental fish of the species Hyphessobrycon erythrostigma.

  • Comparative trials and cultivation of zooplankton for food of larvae of ornamental fish.

  • Reproduction trials of Apistogramma spp. in controlled environments, study of sex ratio.

  • Intensive production of protozoan infusoria for food of post-larval ornamental fish.

  • Tests of treatments for parasitic diseases in ornamental fishes.

  • Comparative treatments and doses of levamisole for the control of parasitic nematodes in ornamental fish.


  • Nakajima R, Rimachi EV, Santos-Silva EN, Calixto LSF, Leite RG, Khen A, Yamane T, Mazeroll AI, Inuma JC, Utumi EYK, Tanaka A. (2017) The density and biomass of mesozooplankton and ichthyoplankton in the Negro and the Amazon Rivers during the rainy season: the ecological importance of the confluence boundary. PeerJ 5:e3308

  • Ramos-EFGuardia-C C, and Serrano-M E. 2017. Histopatholgical study in wild freshwater stingrays Potamotrygon motoro in the Peruvian Amazon. Comparative Clinical Pathology 1:1-5.

  • Ramos-EF, Sandoval-C N, Morales-C S, Contreras-S G, Manchego-S A. 2016. Lesiones Histopatológicas y Aislamiento Bacteriológico en Gamitanas (Colossoma macropomum) Aparentemente Sanas. Rev. investig. vet. Perú 27:188-195.

  • Babilonia Medina J, Flores Ancajina M, Chuquipiondo Guardia C. 2014. Reproducción inducida del sábalo cola roja Brycon cephalus (Günther, 1869). Amazonía peruana: Iquitos. Informe 41:1-4.

  • de Chambrier A, Scholz T, Kuchta R, Posel P, Mortenthaler M, and Chuquipiondo Guardia C. 2008. Tapeworms (Cestoda: Proteocephalidea) of Fishes from the Amazon River in Peru. Comparative Parasitology 73(1):111-120.

  • Mazeroll, AI  and Weiss M. The state of confusion in Discus taxonomy. in, The Cichlids Yearbook 5. ed. Ad Konings. pp.77-83. Cichlid Press. Germany. (Published in English, German, Swedish, French, and Dutch).

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