Wendell Lee Minckley (November 13, 1935 - June 22, 2001) was a college professor and leading expert on fish. He spent most of his career at Arizona State University. In 1963, he with Robert Rush Miller discovered and named the Northern Platyfish Xiphophorus gordoni in honor of Dr Myron Gordon. Dr Minckley in turn had 5 species named in his honor. Dr Minckley died on June 22, 2001 in Desert Samaritan Hospital in Mesa, Arizona from complications associated with treatment for cancer.
Freshwater snail genus Minckleyella Hershler, Liu & Landye, 2011 is named in honor of him.
Minckley, Wendell L. 1962. "Two new species of fishes of the genus Gambusia (Poeciliidae) from northeastern Mexico". Copeia. 162(2):391-396 (ffm04578)
Minckley, Wendell L. 1963. "A new poeciliid fish (genus Gambusia) from the Rio Grande drainage of Coahuila, Mexico". Southwestern Naturalist. 8(3):154-161 (ffm04577)
Minckley, Wendell L & G.L. Lytle. 1969. "Notropis xanthicara, a new cyprinid fish from the Cuatro Cienegas basin, north-central Mexico". Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington. 82:491-502 (ffm00120)
Minckley, Wendell L & W.E. Barber. 1971. "Some aspects of biology of the longfin dace, a cyprinid fish characteristic of streams in the Sonoran desert". Southwest Naturalist. 15(4):459-464 (ffm01193)
Minckley, Wendell L. 1973. "Fishes of Arizona". Arizona Fish and Game Department. Phoenix. 293 (ffm01194)
Minckley, Wendell L. 1978. "Endemic fishes of the Cuatro Ciénegas Basin. Northern Coahuila, México", Transcriptions of the symposium of biological resources of the Chihuhuahuan desert region, U.S. and México". Transactions and proceedings of the U.S. National Parks Service. 383-404 (ffm00777)
Minckley, Wendell L & C.O. Minckley. 1986. "Cyprinodon pachycephalus, a new species of pupfish (Cyprinodontidae) from the Chihuahuan Desert of northern Mexico". Copeia. 1986(1):184-192 (ffm00183)
Minckley, Wendell L & R.R. Miller, S.M. Norris. 2002. "Three new pupfish species, Cyprinodon (Teleostei, Cyprinodontidae), from Chihuahua, México, and Arizona, USA". Copeia. 2002(3):687-705 (ffm00171) (abstract)
Minckley, Wendell L & P.C. Marsh. 2009. "Inland fishes of the Greater Southwest. Chronicle of a Vanishing Biota". The University of Arizona Press. 1-426 (ffm00033)