Institute for Biodiversity Science and Sustainability
Online Version, Updated 3 December 2018

SPECIES BY FAMILY/SUBFAMILY IN THE

Catalog of Fishes

By , and

In 2018, there have been 383 new species described. In 2017, there were 472 new species added. The number of valid species of fishes is about 35,016. Various authors cite the number of species in a particular family or subfamily, especially in family revisions. This is useful information for biodiversity estimates, conservation issues, etc.

We feel the most current and most accurate counts of valid species is the Catalog of Fishes database, one that has been maintained for about 25 years, and which tracks all new taxa and many revisional studies on an almost daily basis. This summary is posted along with new versions of the Catalog of Fishes at http://researcharchive.calacademy.org/research/ichthyology/catalog/fishcatmain.asp.

Species included: We include only available species-group names, and exclude names that are technically unavailable for use. Very few subspecies are described in current literature, and we treat them as available names at the species level. However, we do not treat the status of subspecies as such, only as synonyms at the species level. So our counts are valid species as recognized in the current literature. We assume that all new species described in the last 10 years are valid, unless status references show they are synonyms. There are many unplaced available names, especially from the 1800s and early 1900s. Our experience shows that nearly all are synonyms.

Some families that are no longer recognized will show no included species; they are left in temporarily so users will not think the have been left out. If you call up a genus previously in these families, you can find the new family placement.

Table 2 illustrates the new species described in the last 20 years. The increase in recent years is due to more workers and more funding (such as the Catfish All-Species and Cyprinid All-species NSF grants), along with increased exploration in some countries.

Finally, our data show that the number of available names for use at the species level as of 3 December 2018 is 60,076, the number of valid genera is 5,194, and the number of valid species is 35,016.

Copyright: , and , 2018.


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Table 1. Species of Fishes by Family/Subfamily through 2018
Class

 

Order

 

 

Family

 

 

 

Subfamily

AvailableValidLast Ten Years (2009-2018)
Myxini
 Myxiniformes
  Myxinidae968110
   Rubicundinae441
   Eptatretinae60519
   Myxininae32260
Petromyzonti
 Petromyzontiformes
  Petromyzontidae102426
  Geotriidae1510
  Mordaciidae530
Elasmobranchii
 Hexanchiformes
  Hexanchidae3050
  Chlamydoselachidae221
 Heterodontiformes
  Heterodontidae1990
 Orectolobiformes
  Rhincodontidae510
  Parascylliidae1080
  Brachaeluridae420
  Orectolobidae18121
  Hemiscylliidae34172
  Stegostomatidae1410
  Ginglymostomatidae1741
 Lamniformes
  Odontaspididae1340
  Mitsukurinidae410
  Pseudocarchariidae310
  Lamnidae4050
  Megachasmidae110
  Cetorhinidae1610
  Alopiidae1530
 Carcharhiniformes
  Pentanchidae108895
  Scyliorhinidae1016910
  Proscylliidae860
  Pseudotriakidae653
  Leptochariidae210
  Triakidae86472
   Triakinae59351
   Galeorhininae26121
  Hemigaleidae1780
  Carcharhinidae195592
  Sphyrnidae25101
 Squaliformes
  Dalatiidae3190
  Etmopteridae61508
  Somniosidae35170
  Oxynotidae1050
  Centrophoridae47182
  Squalidae623810
  Echinorhinidae520
 Pristiophoriformes
  Pristiophoridae1182
 Squatiniformes
  Squatinidae35223
 Torpediniformes
  Platyrhinidae753
  Narkidae17110
  Narcinidae49321
  Hypnidae210
  Torpedinidae50201
 Rhinopristiformes
  Trygonorrhinidae1380
  Rhinobatidae54335
  Rhinidae14104
  Glaucostegidae1590
  Pristidae2550
 Rajiformes
  Rajidae2871576
  Arhynchobatidae13310812
  Gurgesiellidae21191
  Anacanthobatidae17143
 Myliobatiformes
  Zanobatidae321
  Hexatrygonidae510
  Dasyatidae1769723
   Dasyatinae69352
   Neotrygoninae211711
   Urogymninae61398
   Hypolophinae1162
  Potamotrygonidae593715
   Styracurinae320
   Potamotrygoninae563515
  Urotrygonidae26181
  Gymnuridae27132
  Plesiobatidae210
  Urolophidae35280
  Aetobatidae1751
  Myliobatidae40182
  Rhinopteridae1580
  Mobulidae6190
Holocephali
 Chimaeriformes
  Callorhinchidae1730
  Chimaeridae654410
  Rhinochimaeridae1280
Cladistii
 Polypteriformes
  Polypteridae24120
Actinopteri
 Acipenseriformes
  Acipenseridae159270
  Polyodontidae1020
 Lepisosteiformes
  Lepisosteidae6070
 Amiiformes
  Amiidae1310
 Elopiformes
  Elopidae1671
  Megalopidae1520
 Albuliformes
  Albulidae31132
   Albulinae28112
   Pterothrissinae320
 Notacanthiformes
  Halosauridae26160
  Notacanthidae35110
 Anguilliformes
  Protanguillidae111
  Synaphobranchidae70468
   Simenchelyinae410
   Ilyophinae38326
   Synaphobranchinae28132
  Heterenchelyidae1080
  Myrocongridae550
  Muraenidae52621217
   Uropterygiinae60362
   Muraeninae46017615
  Chlopsidae29253
  Colocongridae880
  Derichthyidae730
  Ophichthidae58833950
   Myrophinae1086915
   Ophichthinae47427035
  Muraenesocidae3590
  Nettastomatidae55462
  Congridae36321820
   Congrinae21212914
   Bathymyrinae95544
   Heterocongrinae43352
  Moringuidae46150
  Nemichthyidae3290
  Serrivomeridae22100
  Anguillidae136172
 Saccopharyngiformes
  Cyematidae110
  Monognathidae16150
  Neocyematidae110
  Eurypharyngidae610
  Saccopharyngidae16100
 Hiodontiformes
  Hiodontidae1020
 Osteoglossiformes
  Pantodontidae310
  Osteoglossidae1361
  Arapaimidae1251
  Notopteridae22100
   Notopterinae1770
   Xenomystinae530
  Mormyridae32522328
  Gymnarchidae110
 Clupeiformes
  Denticipitidae210
  Spratelloididae1590
  Clupeidae5041952
  Dussumieriidae16103
  Engraulidae31715510
  Chirocentridae820
  Pristigasteridae92380
 Alepocephaliformes
  Alepocephalidae1421003
  Platytroctidae49400
 Gonorynchiformes
  Chanidae1910
  Gonorynchidae850
  Kneriidae31300
  Phractolaemidae310
 Cypriniformes
  Gyrinocheilidae530
  Catostomidae202831
   Myxocyprininae510
   Cycleptinae320
   Ictiobinae3380
   Catostominae160721
  Botiidae98593
   Leptobotiinae46283
   Botiinae52310
  Vaillantellidae430
  Cobitidae32521255
  Barbuccidae221
  Gastromyzontidae1631328
  Serpenticobitidae330
  Balitoridae13810113
  Ellopostomatidae220
  Nemacheilidae870724191
  Paedocyprididae330
  Psilorhynchidae332816
  Cyprinidae29401687205
   Labeoninae78348078
   Probarbinae640
   Torinae39921823
   Smiliogastrinae70445035
   Cyprininae44122427
   Acrossocheilinae85516
   Barbinae25214126
   Spinibarbinae18110
   Schizothoracinae140747
   Schizopygopsinae77321
  Sundadanionidae998
  Danionidae55735166
   Chedrinae21612511
   Rasborinae17012025
   Danioninae1459730
   Esominae2690
  Leptobarbidae750
  Xenocyprididae3371548
  Tincidae1310
  Acheilognathidae120767
  Gobionidae35021416
  Tanichthyidae430
  Leuciscidae154367475
   Pseudaspininae72212
   Laviniinae109440
   Plagopterinae46160
   Leuciscinae70131962
   Phoxininae37184
   Pogonichthyinae5772567
 Characiformes
  Citharinidae1380
  Distichodontidae1401049
  Crenuchidae1059614
   Crenuchinae330
   Characidiinae1029314
  Alestidae1851166
  Hepsetidae863
  Tarumaniidae111
  Erythrinidae36195
  Parodontidae45323
  Cynodontidae1080
  Serrasalmidae1699712
  Hemiodontidae45312
  Anostomidae19214819
  Chilodontidae1080
  Curimatidae17811415
  Prochilodontidae50210
  Lebiasinidae927510
   Lebiasininae29297
   Pyrrhulininae63463
  Ctenoluciidae1370
  Chalceidae950
  Triportheidae34210
   Triportheinae29170
   Agoniatinae540
   Clupeacharacinae000
  Gasteropelecidae2190
  Bryconidae89504
   Bryconinae78464
   Salmininae1140
  Iguanodectidae37325
  Acestrorhynchidae34260
   Acestrorhynchinae22140
   Roestinae660
   Heterocharacinae660
  Characidae14261178243
   Stethaprioninae699591138
   Characids incertae sedis51374
   Aphyoditeinae992
   Spintherobolinae660
   Exodontinae640
   Tetragonopterinae181310
   Characinae1259416
   Aphyocharacinae40220
   Cheirodontinae816510
   Stevardiinae38133763
 Gymnotiformes
  Gymnotidae584416
  Rhamphichthyidae36289
  Hypopomidae373422
  Sternopygidae605020
  Apteronotidae1059638
 Siluriformes
  Diplomystidae1371
  Cetopsidae51432
   Cetopsinae45392
   Helogeninae640
  Chacidae841
  Plotosidae83422
  Ailiidae41251
  Horabagridae18102
  Bagridae33721825
  Akysidae66574
   Akysinae39383
   Parakysinae27191
  Amblycipitidae464210
  Sisoridae33127883
   Sisorinae22318255
   Glyptosterninae1089628
  Pangasiidae53291
  Siluridae17610210
  Kryptoglanidae111
  Aspredinidae73458
   Pseudobunocephalinae1060
   Hoplomyzontinae11102
   Aspredininae52296
  Auchenipteridae17912321
   Centromochlinae484711
   Auchenipterinae1277610
  Doradidae152968
   Wertheimerinae330
   Astrodoradinae18151
   Doradinae130777
  Heptapteridae30121915
  Phreatobiidae330
  Pimelodidae1971148
  Pseudopimelodidae554916
  Clariidae2261229
  Heteropneustidae941
  Ariidae3451515
   Galeichthyinae841
   Ariinae3211434
   Bagreinae1640
  Anchariidae660
  Austroglanididae330
  Cranoglanididae730
  Ictaluridae137510
  Lacantuniidae110
  Amphiliidae11910121
   Amphiliinae52407
   Leptoglaninae28288
   Doumeinae39336
  Malapteruridae27190
  Mochokidae27822116
   Chiloglanidinae787414
   Mochokinae1991472
  Claroteidae131912
   Claroteinae91640
   Auchenoglanidinae39262
  Schilbeidae72340
  Nematogenyidae310
  Trichomycteridae35931886
   Sarcoglanidinae11112
   Trichomycterinae25923376
   Copionodontinae661
   Trichogeninae221
   Vandelliinae2090
   Stegophilinae31280
   Tridentinae11112
   Glanapteryginae18184
  Callichthyidae29022022
   Callichthyinae50170
   Corydoradinae24020322
  Loricariidae1136982229
   Lithogeninae330
   Delturinae870
   Rhinelepinae960
   Loricariinae29524628
   Hypoptopomatinae655818
   Neoplecostominae626021
   Otothyrinae12912363
   Hypostominae56347797
  Scoloplacidae661
  Astroblepidae848227
 Lepidogalaxiiformes
  Lepidogalaxiidae110
 Argentiniformes
  Argentinidae37282
  Microstomatidae29222
  Bathylagidae36251
  Opisthoproctidae22215
 Galaxiiformes
  Galaxiidae1366613
   Aplochitoninae640
   Galaxiinae1306213
 Esociformes
  Esocidae3873
  Umbridae1770
 Salmoniformes
  Salmonidae76822814
   Coregoninae306860
   Thymallinae44181
   Salmoninae41512413
 Osmeriformes
  Osmeridae46140
  Plecoglossidae310
  Salangidae28180
  Retropinnidae1860
   Retropinninae1540
   Prototroctinae320
 Stomiiformes
  Gonostomatidae52330
  Sternoptychidae99784
   Maurolicinae38332
   Sternoptychinae61452
  Phosichthyidae31240
  Stomiidae42730517
   Chauliodontinae1790
   Stomiinae30110
   Astronesthinae84600
   Melanostomiinae26620814
   Malacosteinae19143
   Idiacanthinae1130
 Ateleopodiformes
  Ateleopodidae18111
 Aulopiformes
  Aulopidae22155
  Chlorophthalmidae23202
  Paraulopidae15143
  Ipnopidae46330
  Bathysauroididae110
  Scopelarchidae25180
  Notosudidae17170
  Giganturidae620
  Synodontidae1468214
   Synodontinae1045413
   Harpadontinae42281
  Bathysauridae520
  Paralepididae91590
  Anotopteridae530
  Evermannellidae1480
  Omosudidae410
  Alepisauridae1020
  Pseudotrichonotidae442
 Myctophiformes
  Neoscopelidae1060
  Myctophidae3952520
   Gymnoscopelinae32190
   Notolychninae110
   Lampanyctinae107740
   Diaphinae127800
   Myctophinae125780
 Lampriformes
  Lampridae1363
  Veliferidae420
  Lophotidae1150
  Radiicephalidae221
  Trachipteridae53110
  Regalecidae2430
 Percopsiformes
  Percopsidae520
  Aphredoderidae510
  Amblyopsidae1291
 Zeiformes
  Cyttidae630
  Oreosomatidae17100
   Pseudocyttinae210
   Oreosomatinae1590
  Parazenidae640
   Parazeninae110
   Cyttopsinae530
  Zeniontidae970
  Grammicolepididae830
   Macrurocyttinae110
   Grammicolepidinae720
  Zeidae1460
 Stylephoriformes
  Stylephoridae110
 Gadiformes
  Muraenolepididae981
  Bregmacerotidae18140
  Euclichthyidae110
  Macrouridae49140516
   Bathygadinae30270
   Macrouroidinae320
   Trachyrincinae870
   Macrourinae44936916
  Moridae1571061
  Melanonidae520
  Gadidae116230
  Lotidae88221
  Phycidae43110
  Merlucciidae52190
   Merlucciinae50180
   Steindachneriinae110
 Polymixiiformes
  Polymixiidae14100
 Beryciformes
  Berycidae16100
  Melamphaidae837217
  Stephanoberycidae540
  Hispidoberycidae110
  Gibberichthyidae320
  Rondeletiidae220
  Barbourisiidae110
  Cetomimidae32260
 Trachichthyiformes
  Monocentridae740
  Trachichthyidae60483
  Anomalopidae1091
  Diretmidae540
  Anoplogastridae420
 Holocentriformes
  Holocentridae227907
   Holocentrinae134444
   Myripristinae92463
 Ophidiiformes
  Ophidiidae32226723
   Brotulinae1870
   Brotulotaeniinae440
   Ophidiinae84658
   Neobythitinae21519015
  Carapidae74351
   Carapinae67291
   Pyramodontinae650
   Tetragondacninae110
  Bythitidae14212618
  Dinematichthyidae1201166
 Batrachoidiformes
  Batrachoididae131844
   Porichthyinae18150
   Thalassophryninae16110
   Batrachoidinae34240
   Halophryninae56344
 Scombriformes
  Gempylidae66262
  Trichiuridae84471
   Aphanopodinae24180
   Lepidopodinae32120
   Trichiurinae28171
  Scombridae195531
   Gasterochismatinae410
   Scombrinae191521
  Scombrolabracidae110
  Amarsipidae110
  Centrolophidae74311
  Nomeidae60170
  Ariommatidae1690
  Tetragonuridae430
  Stromateidae56201
 Syngnathiformes
  Aulostomidae930
  Fistulariidae1440
  Centriscidae41130
   Macroramphosinae2890
   Centriscinae1340
  Solenostomidae1160
  Syngnathidae67332012
   Nerophinae118560
   Syngnathinae55526412
  Pegasidae1561
  Dactylopteridae2670
 Kurtiformes
  Kurtidae820
 Gobiiformes
  Rhyacichthyidae730
  Odontobutidae33231
  Eleotridae35117117
   Butinae89441
   Eleotrinae24612213
   Milyeringinae653
  Thalasseleotrididae330
  Gobiidae28591894332
   Sicydiinae16211119
   Gobionellinae75046657
   Oxudercinae120442
   Amblyopinae71353
   Gobiinae17291238251
  Kraemeriidae1290
  Microdesmidae1119314
   Microdesminae36331
   Ptereleotrinae746013
  Xenisthmidae18152
  Schindleriidae552
 Synbranchiformes
  Mastacembelidae1408713
  Chaudhuriidae11112
  Indostomidae330
  Synbranchidae64263
 Anabantiformes
  Anabantidae69310
  Helostomatidae210
  Osphronemidae18213010
   Belontiinae520
   Osphroneminae840
   Luciocephalinae1090
   Trichogastrinae2791
   Macropodusinae1301069
  Channidae1044510
  Nandidae1071
  Badidae353115
  Pristolepididae1284
 Istiophoriformes
  Xiphiidae910
  Istiophoridae64100
 Pleuronectiformes
  Psettodidae730
  Citharidae1060
  Scophthalmidae3990
  Paralichthyidae1901091
  Bothidae2671735
  Pleuronectidae166632
   Atheresthinae320
   Pleuronichthyinae1081
   Microstominae2390
   Hippoglossinae1990
   Pleuronectinae84351
  Paralichthodidae110
  Poecilopsettidae26211
  Rhombosoleidae34200
  Achiropsettidae940
  Samaridae35305
  Achiridae66352
  Soleidae2811824
  Cynoglossidae2501598
   Symphurinae97815
   Cynoglossinae153783
 Cichliformes
  Cichlidae22741719188
   Etroplinae20161
   Ptychochrominae20162
   Pseudocrenilabrinae1426111990
   Cichlinae80556895
  Pholidichthyidae320
 Atheriniformes
  Atherinidae141766
   Atherinomorinae58344
   Atherininae50140
   Craterocephalinae32271
   Bleheratherininae111
  Bedotiidae16161
  Melanotaeniidae13411034
  Pseudomugilidae22191
  Telmatherinidae18180
  Notocheiridae210
  Isonidae550
  Dentatherinidae110
  Phallostethidae26232
  Atherinopsidae1911101
   Atherinopsinae79291
   Menidiinae112810
 Cyprinodontiformes
  Aplocheilidae33160
  Nothobranchiidae40228954
  Cynolebiidae503457128
   Cynolebiinae19517451
  Pantanodontidae320
  Fundulidae103420
  Cyprinodontidae1411035
   Cubanichthyinae330
   Cyprinodontinae73543
   Orestiinae65462
  Profundulidae14114
  Goodeidae74492
   Empetrichthyinae1040
   Goodeinae64452
  Fluviphylacidae772
  Poeciliidae39327410
   Xenodexiinae110
   Tomeurinae110
   Poeciliinae39127210
  Anablepidae28182
   Anablepinae27172
   Oxyzygonectinae110
  Aphaniidae834411
  Valenciidae331
  Procatopodidae108746
   Aplocheilichthyinae410
   Procatopodinae104736
 Beloniformes
  Scomberesocidae2150
  Belonidae155401
  Hemiramphidae133611
  Zenarchopteridae86616
  Exocoetidae170684
  Adrianichthyidae42389
   Oryziinae38349
   Adrianichthyinae440
 Mugiliformes
  Mugilidae303771
 Gobiesociformes
  Gobiesocidae27517520
   Gobiesocinae116793
   Lepadogastrinae68204
   Protogobiesocinae221
   Aspasminae12123
   Diademichthyinae20173
   Cheilobranchinae14110
   Chorisochisminae410
   Diplocrepinae20181
   Haplocylicinae220
   Trachelochisminae17135
 Blenniiformes
  Tripterygiidae22318114
   Notoclininae330
   Tripterygiinae21917814
  Labrisomidae18612812
  Clinidae170872
  Chaenopsidae102905
  Dactyloscopidae58480
  Blenniidae84840411
   Blenniinae198975
   Salariinae6163076
 Lophiiformes
  Lophiidae58303
  Antennariidae175526
  Tetrabrachiidae221
  Lophichthyidae110
  Brachionichthyidae16149
  Chaunacidae312914
  Ogcocephalidae1097810
  Caulophrynidae1050
  Neoceratiidae110
  Melanocetidae2560
  Himantolophidae29222
  Diceratiidae871
  Oneirodidae127706
  Thaumatichthyidae1091
  Centrophrynidae110
  Ceratiidae2140
  Gigantactinidae28230
  Linophrynidae48270
 Tetraodontiformes
  Triacanthodidae31241
  Triacanthidae1770
  Triodontidae210
  Molidae5251
  Diodontidae83170
  Tetraodontidae3891928
  Aracanidae26130
  Ostraciidae81260
  Monacanthidae2971112
  Balistidae187421
 Scorpaeniformes
  Sebastidae2131343
   Sebastinae2011242
   Sebastolobinae12101
  Setarchidae1560
  Neosebastidae20180
  Plectrogeniidae540
  Scorpaenidae38023020
   Scorpaeninae32119814
   Caracanthinae940
   Pteroinae49286
  Apistidae1230
  Tetrarogidae81433
  Synanceiidae75373
   Minoinae24153
   Choridactylinae23120
   Synanceiinae28100
  Eschmeyeridae110
  Perryenidae110
  Aploactinidae57495
  Pataecidae630
  Gnathanacanthidae410
  Bembridae12123
  Triglidae2271308
  Peristediidae75475
  Hoplichthyidae17173
  Platycephalidae1548515
  Congiopodidae2082
   Congiopodinae1550
   Zanclorhynchinae432
  Anoplopomatidae520
  Hexagrammidae33120
   Hexagramminae2560
   Pleurogramminae320
   Ophiodontinae210
   Oxylebiinae110
   Zaniolepidinae220
  Normanichthyidae110
  Rhamphocottidae110
  Ereuniidae330
  Bathylutichthyidae221
  Cottidae4802647
  Cottocomephoridae200
  Comephoridae220
  Abyssocottidae29240
  Hemitripteridae2280
  Psychrolutidae55370
  Agonidae88460
   Agoninae34150
   Anoplagoninae1040
   Bathyagoninae990
   Brachyopsinae1890
   Hypsagoninae1570
   Bothragoninae220
  Cyclopteridae53305
   Cyclopterinae910
   Liparopsinae510
   Eumicrotreminae39285
  Liparidae48843162
 Centrarchiformes
  Percichthyidae69241
  Terapontidae120597
  Kuhliidae37120
  Dichistiidae520
  Oplegnathidae1270
  Kyphosidae130512
   Girellinae42210
   Kyphosinae53132
   Scorpidinae18110
   Microcanthinae1450
  Centrarchidae153384
  Elassomatidae871
  Enoplosidae510
  Sinipercidae27141
  Cirrhitidae65350
  Chironemidae960
  Aplodactylidae1350
  Cheilodactylidae51270
  Latridae2270
 Acropomatiformes
  Leptoscopidae1150
  Champsodontidae16130
  Hemerocoetidae29263
  Creediidae22182
  Glaucosomatidae740
  Pempheridae988451
  Lateolabracidae530
  Synagropidae20187
  Dinolestidae410
  Malakichthyidae16141
  Polyprionidae1940
  Bathyclupeidae10103
  Banjosidae533
  Pentacerotidae20130
   Histiopterinae1070
   Pentacerotinae1060
  Ostracoberycidae430
  Epigonidae544514
  Symphysanodontidae16133
  Howellidae990
  Scombropidae530
  Acropomatidae13104
 Perciformes
  Centropomidae33120
  Ambassidae103545
  Perciliidae320
  Latidae27142
  Moronidae3460
  Dinopercidae420
  Serranidae114057053
   Serraninae1729415
   Anthiadinae31323128
   Epinephelinae5782066
   Liopropomatinae000
   Grammistinae69374
  Centrogenyidae310
  Pseudochromidae19315414
   Pseudochrominae1289814
   Pseudoplesiopinae28270
   Anisochrominae330
   Congrogadinae32240
   Assiculinae110
   Assiculoidinae110
  Grammatidae18175
  Callanthiidae21173
  Plesiopidae72501
   Plesiopinae48340
   Acanthoclininae24161
  Opistognathidae1118819
  Percidae38123717
   Percinae37111
   Luciopercinae25100
   Etheostomatinae31421616
  Priacanthidae50210
  Apogonidae51836429
   Apogoninae49133927
   Pseudamiinae22212
   Amioidinae330
   Paxtoninae110
  Sillaginidae48365
  Malacanthidae68453
   Malacanthinae28161
   Latilinae40292
  Lactariidae310
  Pomatomidae1310
  Rachycentridae1410
  Echeneidae6780
  Carangidae6661491
  Nematistiidae210
  Coryphaenidae4620
  Menidae210
  Leiognathidae98523
   Leiognathinae28131
   Gazzinae66392
  Bramidae51200
  Caristiidae201913
  Arripidae940
  Emmelichthyidae19181
  Lutjanidae3761125
  Caesionidae41231
  Lobotidae920
  Datnioididae850
  Hapalogenyidae1281
  Gerreidae109543
  Haemulidae3731351
   Haemulinae233920
   Plectorhinchinae130431
  Sparidae44516617
  Lethrinidae139444
  Nemipteridae169738
  Sciaenidae5612945
  Polynemidae96421
  Mullidae2039224
  Leptobramidae320
  Toxotidae16113
  Parascorpididae210
  Drepaneidae930
  Monodactylidae1560
  Chaetodontidae3041333
  Pomacanthidae180903
  Polycentridae951
  Cepolidae664523
   Cepolinae2890
   Owstoniinae383623
  Embiotocidae54230
  Pomacentridae78741633
  Labridae150555551
  Odacidae33120
  Scaridae4141002
   Scarinae314750
   Sparisomatinae94252
  Zoarcidae40029919
   Lycodinae31524516
   Lycozoarcinae210
   Zoarcinae1560
   Gymnelinae65473
  Anarhichadidae2250
  Neozoarcidae10100
  Eulophiidae541
  Stichaeidae64443
   Stichaeinae21141
   Chirolophinae17120
   Alectriinae771
   Xiphisterinae18111
  Lumpenidae26111
  Opisthocentridae21120
  Pholidae40150
   Pholinae30110
   Apodichthyinae1040
  Ptilichthyidae110
  Zaproridae110
  Cryptacanthodidae940
  Cebidichthyidae210
  Scytalinidae110
  Bathymasteridae770
  Bovichtidae18120
  Pseudaphritidae410
  Eleginopsidae510
  Nototheniidae96590
   Pleuragrammatinae860
   Nototheniinae67370
   Trematominae21160
  Harpagiferidae12120
  Artedidraconidae433812
  Bathydraconidae19170
   Bathydraconinae15140
   Gymnodraconinae430
  Channichthyidae30261
  Chiasmodontidae44347
  Trichodontidae620
  Ammodytidae45336
  Trachinidae2190
  Uranoscopidae79554
  Trichonotidae12101
  Percophidae31250
   Percophinae110
   Bembropinae30240
  Pinguipedidae1469824
  Cheimarrichthyidae110
  Icosteidae310
  Callionymidae29520013
  Draconettidae19152
  Ephippidae44150
  Scatophagidae1730
  Siganidae86311
  Luvaridae1110
  Zanclidae710
  Acanthuridae257862
  Sphyraenidae74272
  Caproidae26180
  Hypoptychidae420
  Gasterosteidae99191
  Aulorhynchidae210
Coelacanthi
 Coelacanthiformes
  Latimeriidae320
Dipneusti
 Ceratodontiformes
  Neoceratodontidae310
  Lepidosirenidae410
  Protopteridae940
Totals60076350164071

Table 2. Number of fish species described from years 1999 through 2018
YearNew species described 
1999295 
2000303 
2001441 
2002300 
2003313 
2004423 
2005470 
2006397 
2007420 
2008523 
2009295 
2010388 
2011367 
2012467 
2013429 
2014392 
2015428 
2016450 
2017472 
2018383 
Total7956