The Coelacanth Fishes / Die Quastenflosser Fische

A Palestinian-German Zoologist : Prof. Dr. Sc. Norman Ali Bassam Ali Taher Khalaf-Sakerfalke von Jaffa

Prof. Dr. Sc. Norman Ali Bassam Ali Taher Khalaf-Sakerfalke von Jaffa is a Palestinian-German Zoologist, Ecologist and Geologist. Born in Saarbrücken, Saarland, Germany in 1962. His family originally comes from Al Eizariya (Bethany), east of Al Quds (Jerusalem), Palestine. The family then moved to the city of Jaffa, Palestine before 1948. Finished School in Kuwait. Studied Zoology, Geology and Ecology for the Bachelor, Master and Doctorate degrees at the Universities of Kuwait, Durham (England) and Ashwood (USA). Specialised in Animal Behaviour and Ecology. Done a lot of work and research in the Universities of Kuwait, Durham and Saarbrücken; and in the Zoos, Wild Parks and Field Studies in Palestine, Israel, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Emirates, Qatar, Oman, Egypt, Turkey, Greece, Bulgaria, Yugoslavia, Hungary, Holland, Belgium, Luxemburg, England, Scotland, Jersey Island, France, Austria, Switzerland and Germany.

He is the author and publisher of "Gazelle : The Palestinian Biological Bulletin", the first Palestinian scientific journal worldwide (ISSN 0178-6288) (since 1983); and the author of ten books: Gazelle: The Palestinian Biological Bulletin (2004), Aquatica Arabica (2005), Mammalia Arabica (2006), Felidae Arabica (2007), Carnivora Arabica (2008), Fauna Palaestina - Part One (2009), Fauna Emiratus - Part One (2010), Fauna Palaestina - Part Two (2012), Fauna Palaestina - Part Three (2013), Fauna Palestina - Part Four (2014); and the co-author of the book "Palestine: A Guide" (2005/2006).     

He discovered and scientifically named nine new animal species and subspecies. Two Palestinian mammal subspecies from the Gaza Strip: The Gaza or Palestine House Mouse (Mus musculus gazaensis Khalaf, 2007) and the Palestine Golden Jackal (Canis aureus palaestina Khalaf, 2008); and the Pink Panther or Pink-hued Leopard (Panthera pardus roseus Khalaf, 2013) from South Africa; and three freshwater fish subspecies: The Emirati or Wadi Al Wurayah Blind Cave Fish (Garra barreimiae wurayahi Khalaf, 2009), the Emirati or Bassam Khalaf's Tilapia (Oreochromis mossambicus bassamkhalafi Khalaf, 2009) from the Emirate of Fujairah, United Arab Emirates and the Palestine or Wadi Qana Doctor Fish (Garra rufa wadiqana Khalaf, 2013) from Wadi Qana Nature Reserve, Salfit Governorate, State of Palestine; and three fossils: the Arabian or Emirati Four-Tusked Elephant Fossil († Stegotetrabelodon syrticus emiratus Khalaf, 2010) from the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, the Sharjah or Arabian Coelacanth Fish Fossil († Coelacanthus sharjah Khalaf, 2013) from Sharjah Natural History and Botanical Museum in Sharjah, Emirate of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates and the Palestine or Al-Naqab Coelacanth Fish fossil († Macropomoides palaestina Khalaf, 2013) from the Anthracothere Hill in Al-Naqab, Palestine. 

He is working now as a Scientific Researcher, Publisher and Tourist Guide in the United Arab Emirates. He is married to Ola Khalaf and has a fifteen year old daughter, Nora.

Prof. Dr. Sc. Norman Ali Bassam Ali Taher Khalaf-Sakerfalke von Jaffa