The Catalog of Fishes is the authoritative reference for taxonomic fish names, featuring a searchable on-line database.
Catalog of Fishes - version of 30 April 2018 (Continually updated since the early 1980s, around the turn of the month.)
Richard van der Laan is now a co-author of the Catalog of Fishes. This becomes Eschmeyer, W. N., R. Fricke, and R. van der Laan.
Other projects include Fricke (early references, new references, and corrections).
In this edition, we provide 129 new species in 2018. In 2017 there were 468 new species described.
Bill Eschmeyer, Florida Museum of Natural History, 1659 Museum Road, Gainesville, FL 32611 USA and California Academy of Sciences. firstname.lastname@example.org
Family Group Names
We are making additions to:
Van der Laan, R., W. N. Eschmeyer & R. Fricke (2014) (11 Nov.), Family-group names of Recent fishes. Zootaxa Monograph 3882 (1), 1-230. DOI 10.11646/zootaxa.3882.1.1
See Family Group Names for future updates by R. van der Laan.
By default, search results will not include item 3 names -- unavailable names that detract from the main list of available names. These are mostly names mentioned in synonymy, names in lists, etc. They are still in the database, so if you want to see them, check the box labeled Include unavailable names before searching.
Citing the Catalog of Fishes
Eschmeyer, W. N., R. Fricke, and R. van der Laan (eds). CATALOG OF FISHES: GENERA, SPECIES, REFERENCES. (http://researcharchive.calacademy.org/research/ichthyology/catalog/fishcatmain.asp). Electronic version accessed dd mmm 2018. [This version was edited by Bill Eschmeyer.]
Fricke, R. (ed). REFERENCES. (http://researcharchive.calacademy.org/research/ichthyology/catalog/fishcatmain.asp). Electronic version accessed dd mmm 2018. [Ron Fricke devoted much time to improving references and journals, many of which had not been examined in 15 to 25 years. Please remember that the title of a paper often differs in three places: the title on the paper itself, the contents listed by the journal, and in the PDF provided by the journal. Ron tends to follow the title on the pdf for recent papers and the title on the original for earlier publications. Many of our dates of publication are documented for priority purposes. Some current journals have a target date, but actual publication is often delayed. For nomenclatural date problems, we will help if we can.]
van der Laan, R., W. N. Eschmeyer and R. Fricke. FAMILY-GROUP NAMES. (http://www.calacademy.org/scientists/catalog-of-fishes-family-group-names). Electronic version accessed dd mmm 2018.
Eschmeyer, W. N., R. Fricke, and R. van der Laan (eds). CATALOG OF FISHES: CLASSIFICATION. (http://www.calacademy.org/scientists/catalog-of-fishes-classification/). Electronic version accessed dd mmm 2018.
Fricke, R. & Eschmeyer, W. N. JOURNALS. (http://researcharchive.calacademy.org/research/ichthyology/catalog/journals.asp). Electronic version accessed dd mmm 2018. [Includes all journals appearing in the Catalog, including publication information and ISSN numbers.]
Fricke, R. & Eschmeyer, W. N. GUIDE TO FISH COLLECTIONS. (http://researcharchive.calacademy.org/research/ichthyology/catalog/collections.asp). Electronic version accessed dd mmm 2018. [Arranged by museum abbreviation and by country, includes type catalogs and historical publications and www sites where available.]
Eschmeyer, W. N. & Fong, J. D. SPECIES BY FAMILY/SUBFAMILY. (http://researcharchive.calacademy.org/research/ichthyology/catalog/SpeciesByFamily.asp). Electronic version accessed dd mmm 2018. [Recalculated with each new version; based on current literature, this provides all available species names, valid species, and species described in the last 10 years by family/subfamily.]
Other participants are Dennis Polack (Data Analyst), Nicolas Bailly (Data Analyst), Richard van der Laan (Freshwater Fishes Specialist), Thomas Litz (Aquarium Species/Literature Specialist), and Dan Zimberlin (Data Analyst). Jon Fong prepares the online versions and does other programming tasks.
Please remember that if you got to the Catalog of Fishes from Fishbase, you are NOT in Fishbase. Fishbase is a more comprehensive database for a different audience, but they use Catalog of Fishes information in their authority file.
Some other useful sites for fishes are (1) Fishbase [Fishbase team, Manila]; (2) www.stri.org/sftep -- A comprehensive database on Shorefishes of the Tropical Eastern Pacific (and of the eastern Atlantic) [Ross Robertson]; (3) shark-references.com -- A database on elasmobranchs, with over 13,000 references, information on taxa, type specimens, etc. [Jürgen Pollerspöck]; (4) FishWisePro.com -- a comprehensive relational database of more than 99,350 scientific species name combinations and over 34,300 well-identified (mostly marine) fish pictures [Dennis Polack]; (5) Freshwater Fish List, 23rd edition December 2017 by Richard Van der Laan; (6) ETYFish Project (derivations of Fish Names) by Christopher Scharpf; and (7) BioStor, for Biodiversity Heritage Library references. A very useful site is Worldfish.de [not associated with Fishbase or Worldfish]. Maintained by Michal Mikšik and Erwin Schraml. They post new fish taxa and references as they are published.
A summary paper was published in 2010 from the Catalog of Fishes database that might be of interest to users of the Catalog. "Marine fish diversity: history of knowledge and discovery (Pisces)." By William N. Eschmeyer, Ronald Fricke, Jon D. Fong & Dennis A. Polack. Zootaxa, no. 2525:19-50 (2 July 2010, open access, click title to download).
About 384 new species were described in 2014. As always, notifying us of missed original descriptions and errors in the database or providing PDFs of recent papers is most welcome.
Bill Eschmeyer edited type localities and standardized many place names. Our style is to use current place names found on an English map (or from Wikipedia and Google sites). Should you need original localities, they can be found in the original descriptions or from particular museum holdings (often online).
Many scientific names of fish species are based on personal names; some were found to be incorrect. For example, Jordan and co-workers spelled Japanese names ending in "a" with a terminal "e" as in matsubarae; that is acceptable, with the name Latinized first. So those names do not end in "i". Remarks are provided by Eschmeyer in this version for most species based on personal names. For a review of this very technical subject, see Dubois 2007: Zootaxa No. 1550:49-68.
New treatment of synonyms: Often an author revises a genus and treats a species in detail but does not mention the species synonyms (if any). If he/she does not mention the synonyms (rather common in recent treatments) and moves the valid “parent” species to a different genus, do we move the synonyms automatically, although the revising author may not have studied or assessed the synonyms? In the past, we did not move the synonyms. Typically, this often resulted in the synonyms being in a different current genus than the valid parent species. We now move the synonyms to the genus of the valid parent species, but no “status reference” showing the new generic placement is found with the synonym. Some synonyms will be moved incorrectly, but it is considered more desirable to have the potential synonyms in the same current genus as the valid parent species.
Some conventions used in the Catalog
Author plus date and a species code: The code of Zoological Nomenclature does not require a comma between the author and date, only a suggestion. In fact, we consider that confusing as that is traditionally used to show a cited reference in journal publications and not a species authorship and date. Genus+species+author+date (with parentheses as needed) is a (nearly) unique code or formula to define every species [2 known exceptions]. So you will find no comma between the author and date. Some journals are now treating species in this way.
Figures: Under a new species heading, some journals list (a) only the major figure, some list (b) all figures (including maps, habitats and graphs), and (c) some give figures showing the full view and any illustrated parts of the species. We give all figures that show a full view and any anatomical part of the species, so our listing of figures often differs from the treatment by a journal in the original description (as listed in the species heading).
Type localities: We give a current place name that one will find on a Google search or in an “English” atlas. For some species described many years ago, one may find both the original locality and in parentheses a modern name for that locality. Many collections now have their holdings on-line, and it is there one can usually find the actual original locality if needed. Current localities are often augmented by additional information, such as coordinates.
Authors: We have added initials in brackets to distinguish all individual authors of genera and species.
Species of Fishes by Family/Subfamily -- Total valid taxa reflect new taxa added minus taxa moved into synonymy plus taxa newly moved to valid. The classification is as used in the Catalog of Fishes. Prepared by Bill Eschmeyer and Jon Fong, with modifications by Richard van der Laan.
Family-Group Names -- Priority applies to Family-group names. It did not in early years. As classifications are refined with use of more subfamilies and tribes, it is required to use the oldest available family-group name for these new taxa.
Ichthyological Collections -- Presented are those specimen collections mentioned in the main Catalog of Fishes database, especially as repositories of type specimens. Besides museum names and abbreviations, this includes WWW sites, cross-referencing of abbreviations, and selection of museums by country, along with type catalogs, historical articles, name changes, transfers, and other items for individual collections. Prepared by Ron Fricke and Bill Eschmeyer.
Ichthyological Journals -- There are nearly 2600 individual journals or monograph series in the Catalog of Fishes database. We provide full citations, and other information such as changes in titles, published duration, ISSN numbers, WWW sites, etc. Prepared by Ron Fricke and Bill Eschmeyer.
I am fortunate to have Sherry Bostick as a technician who enters new species and other information under my direction; she is an excellent typist, finds errors, and I look forward to her visits.
Acknowledgments for Bill Eschmeyer (2018): Nicolas Alvarez-Pliego, Jonathan Armbruster, Nicolas Bailly-coff, José Milton Barbosa, David A. Boyd, Ralf Britz, Dave Catania, Patrick Ciccotto, Kevin Conway, Matthew Craig, Carlos Donascimiento, Ilana Fichberg, Benjamin Frable, Uiblein Franz, Tom Fraser, Martin Gomon, Wouter Holleman, P. Alexander Hulley, Howard Jelks, Sven Kullander, Thomas Litz, Alejandro Londoño-Burbano, Hugo López, Paulo Lucinda, John Lundberg, James Maclaine, Mizuki Matsunuma, Mark McGrouther, Michal Mikšík, Hiroyuki Motomura, Jørgen Nielsen, Michael Norén, Makoto Okamoto, Michael Oliver, Felipe Ottoni, Larry M. Page, Paolo Parenti, Arturo Acero Pizarro, Dennis Polack, Stuart Poss, Roberto E. Reis, Tyson Roberts, Ross Robertson, Rob Robins, Mark Sabaj, Christopher Scharpf, David G. Smith, Maria Laura de Souza Delapieve, John Sullivan, Alfred Thomson, Diego F. B. Vaz, William White, Richard Winterbottom and Dan Zimberlin.
Acknowledgments for Ron Fricke (2018): Sylvain Adnet, Gastón Aguilera, Hugo Aguirre, K. V. Akhilesh, Gerry Allen, Marcelo Andrade, Arturo Angulo, Dmitry Astakhov, Arcady Balushkin, Esra Bayςelebi, Ronaldo Borges Barthem, Esra Bayçelebi, Mauro Belleggia, David Bellwood, Nickolai Bochkarev, Philippe Borsa, David Bruton, Christopher Burridge, Guamuchirai Chakona, Priscila Camelier, Alfredo Carvalho Filho, Fernando Carvalho, Carine Chamon, Bruno Chanet, Natalia Chernova, Satoru Chiba, Junior Chuctaya, Todd Clardy, Fenton Cotterill, Edgar Cruz, David De Weirdt, Carlos Donascimiento, Laura Donin, Guy Duhamel, Guilherme Dutra, Yury Dyldin, Anthony Echelle, Marco Endruweit, Deniz Ergüden, Neil Evenhuis, Sergei Evseenko, Luis Fernández, Carl Ferraris Jr., Brit Finucci, Nelson Ferreira Fontoura, Jörg Freyhof, Ofer Gon, Renny Hadiaty, Elisabeth Henschel, Douglass F. Hoese, Wen-Chien Huang, Hisashi Imamura, Priscila Ito, A. K. Jaiswar, Dušan Jelić, Misel Jelić, Hichem Kara, Subodha Kumar Karna, Yuri Kartavtsev, Axel Katz, Cüneyt Kaya, Philippe Keith, Keita Koeda, Marcelo Kovačić, Yoshinori Kumazawa, Hyuck Joon Kwun, Boyd Kynard, Kosygin Laishram, Kuldeep Lal, Lalramliana, Boni Amin Laskar, Pablo Lehmann, Jeff Leis, Li Chenhong, Thomas Litz, Alejandro Londoño-Burbano, Hernán López-Fernández, Carlos de Lucena, Luiz Malabarba, Fatih Mangιt, L. G. Manilo, Alexandre Marceniuk, Rene Martin, Mizuki Matsunuma, Michael Mincarone, Meera Mohandas, Vindhya Mohindra, Timo Moritz, Takahiko Mukai, Béla Nagy, Heok Hee Ng, Makoto Okamoto, Francesc Ordines, Adnan Çağlar Oruç, Larry Page, Antoine Pariselle, Carla Pavanelli, Lubomír Piálek, Alakesh Pradhan, Artem Prokofiev, Francisco Provenzano, Roberto Reis, R. K. Renjith, Baruch Rinkevich, Lukas Rüber, Takashi Satoh, Ivan Sazima, Christopher Scharpf, Nalani Schnell, Hiroshi Senou, Esmaile Shakman, Valentina Sideleva, Raimundo da Silva, Thiago Silva Loboda, Paul Skelton, Donald Taphorn, Mônica Toledo-Piza, Luke Tornabene, Sezginer Tuncer, Davut Turan, Pero Tutman, Katerina Vasil'eva, Diego Vaz, Yeğen Vedat, Leo Venerus, Kirill Vinnikov, Waikhom Vishwanath, Emmanuel Vrewen, Mark Wilson, Kirk Winemiller, Peter Wirtz, Mark Wuenschel, Lei Yang, Mikhail Zhukov.
Acknowledgments for Richard van der Laan (2018): Gastón Aguilera, Nicolás Álvarez-Pliego, Carlos Ardila Rodríguez, David Boyd, Patrick Ciccotto, André Esguícero, Jean Huber, Axel Katz, Stefan Koerber, Paul van der Laan, Thomas Litz, Michal Mikšík, Larry Page, Chris Scharpf, Erwin Schraml, John Sullivan and Elsbeth Zwart.
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