Institute for Biodiversity Science and Sustainability
Online Version, Updated 1 November 2017

SPECIES BY FAMILY/SUBFAMILY IN THE

Catalog of Fishes

By and

In 2017, there have been 408 new species described. In 2016, there were 446 new species added. The number of valid species of fishes is about 34,592. 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 1 November 2017 is 59,610, the number of valid genera is 5,184, and the number of valid species is 34,592.

Copyright: and , 2017.


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Table 1. Species of Fishes by Family/Subfamily through 2017
Class

 

Order

 

 

Family

 

 

 

Subfamily

AvailableValidLast Ten Years (2008-2017)
Myxini
 Myxiniformes
  Myxinidae968111
   Rubicundinae442
   Eptatretinae60519
   Myxininae32260
Petromyzonti
 Petromyzontiformes
  Petromyzontidae102426
  Geotriidae1510
  Mordaciidae530
Elasmobranchii
 Hexanchiformes
  Hexanchidae3040
  Chlamydoselachidae221
 Heterodontiformes
  Heterodontidae1990
 Orectolobiformes
  Rhincodontidae510
  Parascylliidae1081
  Brachaeluridae420
  Orectolobidae18124
  Hemiscylliidae34174
  Stegostomatidae1410
  Ginglymostomatidae1741
 Lamniformes
  Odontaspididae1340
  Mitsukurinidae410
  Pseudocarchariidae310
  Lamnidae4050
  Megachasmidae110
  Cetorhinidae1610
  Alopiidae1530
 Carcharhiniformes
  Pentanchidae1088910
  Scyliorhinidae996821
  Proscylliidae860
  Pseudotriakidae542
  Leptochariidae210
  Triakidae86474
   Triakinae59353
   Galeorhininae26121
  Hemigaleidae1780
  Carcharhinidae196593
  Sphyrnidae24101
 Squaliformes
  Dalatiidae3190
  Etmopteridae60497
  Somniosidae35170
  Oxynotidae1050
  Centrophoridae45162
  Squalidae60368
  Echinorhinidae520
 Pristiophoriformes
  Pristiophoridae1183
 Squatiniformes
  Squatinidae34215
 Torpediniformes
  Platyrhinidae753
  Narkidae17110
  Narcinidae49324
  Hypnidae210
  Torpedinidae51201
 Rhinopristiformes
  Trygonorrhinidae1380
  Rhinobatidae54335
  Rhinidae14105
  Glaucostegidae1590
  Pristidae2550
 Rajiformes
  Rajidae28615726
  Arhynchobatidae13310820
  Gurgesiellidae21191
  Anacanthobatidae17146
 Myliobatiformes
  Zanobatidae321
  Hexatrygonidae510
  Dasyatidae1769828
   Dasyatinae69363
   Neotrygoninae211712
   Urogymninae623911
   Hypolophinae1162
  Potamotrygonidae593716
   Styracurinae320
   Potamotrygoninae563516
  Urotrygonidae26181
  Gymnuridae25110
  Plesiobatidae210
  Urolophidae35282
  Aetobatidae1751
  Myliobatidae41182
  Rhinopteridae1580
  Mobulidae6190
Holocephali
 Chimaeriformes
  Callorhinchidae1730
  Chimaeridae654416
  Rhinochimaeridae1280
Cladistii
 Polypteriformes
  Polypteridae24120
Actinopteri
 Acipenseriformes
  Acipenseridae158260
  Polyodontidae1020
 Lepisosteiformes
  Lepisosteidae6070
 Amiiformes
  Amiidae1310
 Elopiformes
  Elopidae1671
  Megalopidae1520
 Albuliformes
  Albulidae31133
   Albulinae28113
   Pterothrissinae320
 Notacanthiformes
  Halosauridae26160
  Notacanthidae35110
 Anguilliformes
  Protanguillidae111
  Synaphobranchidae64402
   Simenchelyinae410
   Ilyophinae33271
   Synaphobranchinae27121
  Heterenchelyidae1080
  Myrocongridae550
  Muraenidae52220716
   Uropterygiinae60363
   Muraeninae45617113
  Chlopsidae29253
  Colocongridae880
  Derichthyidae730
  Ophichthidae58433746
   Myrophinae1086915
   Ophichthinae47026831
  Muraenesocidae40140
  Nettastomatidae55462
  Congridae3452008
   Congrinae1971145
   Bathymyrinae93522
   Heterocongrinae42341
  Moringuidae46150
  Nemichthyidae3190
  Serrivomeridae22100
  Anguillidae136172
 Saccopharyngiformes
  Cyematidae320
  Saccopharyngidae16100
  Eurypharyngidae610
  Monognathidae15150
 Hiodontiformes
  Hiodontidae1020
 Osteoglossiformes
  Pantodontidae310
  Osteoglossidae1361
  Arapaimidae1251
  Notopteridae22100
   Notopterinae1770
   Xenomystinae530
  Mormyridae32522328
  Gymnarchidae110
 Clupeiformes
  Denticipitidae210
  Clupeidae5192043
  Dussumieriidae16103
  Engraulidae3151517
  Chirocentridae820
  Pristigasteridae92380
 Gonorynchiformes
  Chanidae1910
  Gonorynchidae850
  Kneriidae31300
  Phractolaemidae310
 Cypriniformes
  Gyrinocheilidae530
  Catostomidae202831
  Botiidae96594
   Leptobotiinae46284
   Botiinae50310
  Vaillantellidae430
  Cobitidae32020658
  Barbuccidae221
  Gastromyzontidae1631328
  Serpenticobitidae330
  Balitoridae13710112
  Ellopostomatidae220
  Nemacheilidae849705178
  Psilorhynchidae312818
  Cyprinidae58123124376
   Paedocypridinae331
   Labeoninae76246378
   Cyprininae21151196126
   Danioninae53133461
   Sundadanioninae998
   Leptobarbinae750
   Tincinae1310
   Xenocypridinae34015811
   Gobioninae34520711
   Acheilognathinae119756
   Leuciscinae153966971
 Characiformes
  Citharinidae1380
  Distichodontidae1381028
  Crenuchidae1049517
   Crenuchinae330
   Characidiinae1019217
  Alestidae1851168
  Hepsetidae863
  Tarumaniidae111
  Erythrinidae35184
  Parodontidae44314
  Cynodontidae1080
  Serrasalmidae1679412
  Hemiodontidae45312
  Anostomidae19214821
  Chilodontidae1080
  Curimatidae17611213
  Prochilodontidae50210
  Lebiasinidae927512
   Lebiasininae29299
   Pyrrhulininae63463
  Ctenoluciidae1370
  Chalceidae950
  Triportheidae34210
   Triportheinae29170
   Agoniatinae540
   Clupeacharacinae000
  Gasteropelecidae2190
  Bryconidae89504
   Bryconinae78464
   Salmininae1140
  Iguanodectidae35303
  Acestrorhynchidae34260
   Acestrorhynchinae22140
   Roestinae660
   Heterocharacinae660
  Characidae13941151230
   Characids incertae sedis30023449
   Rhoadsiinae660
   Aphyoditeinae20190
   Pristellinae38034186
   Gymnocharacinae20151
   Stethaprioninae26182
   Tetragonopterinae17129
   Characinae1218813
   Aphyocharacinae36190
   Cheirodontinae83678
   Stevardiinae37533262
 Siluriformes
  Diplomystidae1371
  Cetopsidae50421
   Cetopsinae44381
   Helogeninae640
  Chacidae741
  Plotosidae83424
  Ailiidae41251
  Horabagridae18102
  Bagridae33621730
  Akysidae66575
   Akysinae39384
   Parakysinae27191
  Amblycipitidae454112
  Sisoridae32327085
   Sisorinae22218260
   Glyptosterninae1018825
  Pangasiidae53291
  Siluridae1741009
  Kryptoglanidae111
  Aspredinidae73459
  Auchenipteridae17912325
   Centromochlinae484715
   Auchenipterinae1277610
  Doradidae1519514
   Wertheimerinae330
   Astrodoradinae18151
   Doradinae1297613
  Heptapteridae29721415
  Phreatobiidae330
  Pimelodidae19611213
  Pseudopimelodidae555017
  Clariidae2251228
  Heteropneustidae941
  Ariidae3451518
   Galeichthyinae841
   Ariinae3211437
   Bagreinae1640
  Anchariidae661
  Austroglanididae330
  Cranoglanididae730
  Ictaluridae137510
  Lacantuniidae110
  Amphiliidae11810022
   Amphiliinae51397
   Leptoglaninae28289
   Doumeinae39336
  Malapteruridae27190
  Mochokidae27822123
   Chiloglanidinae787415
   Mochokinae1991478
  Claroteidae131915
   Claroteinae91643
   Auchenoglanidinae39262
  Schilbeidae72330
  Nematogenyidae310
  Trichomycteridae34230177
   Sarcoglanidinae11113
   Trichomycterinae24221666
   Copionodontinae551
   Trichogeninae221
   Vandelliinae2090
   Stegophilinae32290
   Tridentinae11112
   Glanapteryginae18184
  Callichthyidae28921921
   Callichthyinae50170
   Corydoradinae23920221
  Loricariidae1106955236
   Lithogeninae331
   Delturinae870
   Rhinelepinae960
   Loricariinae28923941
   Hypoptopomatinae625516
   Neoplecostominae615923
   Otothyrinae12411860
   Hypostominae54846693
  Scoloplacidae662
  Astroblepidae838126
 Gymnotiformes
  Gymnotidae544114
  Rhamphichthyidae35278
  Hypopomidae373423
  Sternopygidae574717
  Apteronotidae1039537
 Esociformes
  Esocidae3873
  Umbridae1770
 Salmoniformes
  Salmonidae76422515
   Coregoninae305850
   Thymallinae41151
   Salmoninae41512514
 Osmeriformes
  Argentinidae37282
  Microstomatidae29222
  Bathylagidae36251
  Opisthoproctidae22216
  Alepocephalidae138973
  Platytroctidae49400
  Leptochilichthyidae430
  Lepidogalaxiidae110
  Osmeridae46140
  Plecoglossidae310
  Salangidae28180
  Retropinnidae1860
   Retropinninae1540
   Prototroctinae320
  Galaxiidae1366613
   Aplochitoninae640
   Galaxiinae1306213
 Stomiiformes
  Gonostomatidae52330
  Sternoptychidae101795
   Maurolicinae38332
   Sternoptychinae63463
  Phosichthyidae31240
  Stomiidae42430214
   Chauliodontinae1790
   Stomiinae30110
   Astronesthinae84600
   Melanostomiinae26320511
   Malacosteinae19143
   Idiacanthinae1130
 Ateleopodiformes
  Ateleopodidae18112
 Aulopiformes
  Aulopidae22156
  Chlorophthalmidae23202
  Paraulopidae15143
  Ipnopidae46330
  Bathysauroididae110
  Scopelarchidae25180
  Notosudidae17170
  Giganturidae620
  Synodontidae1478317
   Synodontinae1045516
   Harpadontinae43281
  Bathysauridae520
  Paralepididae91590
  Anotopteridae530
  Evermannellidae1480
  Omosudidae410
  Alepisauridae1020
  Pseudotrichonotidae442
 Myctophiformes
  Neoscopelidae1060
  Myctophidae3952520
 Lampriformes
  Lampridae920
  Veliferidae420
  Lophotidae1150
  Radiicephalidae110
  Trachipteridae54110
  Regalecidae2430
 Percopsiformes
  Percopsidae520
  Aphredoderidae510
  Amblyopsidae1291
 Zeiformes
  Cyttidae630
  Oreosomatidae17100
   Pseudocyttinae210
   Oreosomatinae1590
  Parazenidae640
   Parazeninae110
   Cyttopsinae530
  Zeniontidae970
  Grammicolepididae830
   Macrurocyttinae110
   Grammicolepidinae720
  Zeidae1460
 Stylephoriformes
  Stylephoridae110
 Gadiformes
  Muraenolepididae981
  Bregmacerotidae18140
  Euclichthyidae110
  Macrouridae49140518
   Bathygadinae30270
   Macrouroidinae320
   Trachyrincinae870
   Macrourinae44936918
  Moridae1561060
  Melanonidae520
  Gadidae117220
  Lotidae87210
  Phycidae43110
  Merlucciidae52220
   Merlucciinae50210
   Steindachneriinae110
 Polymixiiformes
  Polymixiidae14100
 Beryciformes
  Berycidae16100
  Melamphaidae837222
  Stephanoberycidae540
  Hispidoberycidae110
  Gibberichthyidae320
  Rondeletiidae220
  Barbourisiidae110
  Cetomimidae32260
 Trachichthyiformes
  Monocentridae740
  Trachichthyidae60484
  Anomalopidae1091
  Diretmidae540
  Anoplogastridae420
 Holocentriformes
  Holocentridae226906
   Holocentrinae134444
   Myripristinae91462
 Ophidiiformes
  Ophidiidae31926421
   Brotulinae1870
   Brotulotaeniinae440
   Ophidiinae84658
   Neobythitinae21218713
  Carapidae74351
   Carapinae67291
   Pyramodontinae650
   Tetragondacninae110
  Bythitidae14012522
  Dinematichthyidae12011615
 Batrachoidiformes
  Batrachoididae131844
   Porichthyinae18150
   Thalassophryninae16110
   Batrachoidinae34240
   Halophryninae56344
 Scombriformes
  Gempylidae65251
  Trichiuridae84471
   Aphanopodinae24180
   Lepidopodinae32120
   Trichiurinae28171
  Scombridae194531
   Gasterochismatinae410
   Scombrinae190521
  Scombrolabracidae110
  Amarsipidae110
  Centrolophidae74311
  Nomeidae60170
  Ariommatidae1690
  Tetragonuridae430
  Stromateidae56201
 Syngnathiformes
  Aulostomidae930
  Fistulariidae1440
  Centriscidae41130
   Macroramphosinae2890
   Centriscinae1340
  Solenostomidae1160
  Syngnathidae67331615
   Nerophinae118560
   Syngnathinae55526015
 Kurtiformes
  Kurtidae820
 Gobiiformes
  Rhyacichthyidae730
  Odontobutidae33231
  Eleotridae35017117
   Butinae89442
   Eleotrinae24512212
   Milyeringinae653
  Thalasseleotrididae330
  Gobiidae28291867333
   Sicydiinae16211222
   Gobionellinae68943753
   Oxudercinae120443
   Amblyopinae72354
   Gobiinae17581239251
  Kraemeriidae1280
  Microdesmidae1099215
   Microdesminae36331
   Ptereleotrinae725914
  Xenisthmidae18152
  Schindleriidae441
 Synbranchiformes
  Mastacembelidae1398612
  Chaudhuriidae11112
  Indostomidae330
  Synbranchidae63252
 Anabantiformes
  Anabantidae69310
  Helostomatidae210
  Osphronemidae18112910
   Belontiinae520
   Osphroneminae840
   Luciocephalinae1090
   Trichogastrinae2791
   Macropodusinae1291059
  Channidae1044310
  Nandidae1073
  Badidae343014
  Pristolepididae1284
 Istiophoriformes
  Xiphiidae910
  Istiophoridae6490
 Pleuronectiformes
  Psettodidae730
  Citharidae1060
  Scophthalmidae3990
  Paralichthyidae1901091
  Bothidae2631692
  Pleuronectidae2251052
   Poecilopsettinae26211
   Rhombosoleinae34200
   Pleuronectinae136631
   Paralichthodinae110
  Achiropsettidae940
  Samaridae34295
  Achiridae66352
  Soleidae2811816
  Cynoglossidae24915910
   Symphurinae97816
   Cynoglossinae152784
 Cichliformes
  Cichlidae22461707187
   Etroplinae20163
   Ptychochrominae20162
   Pseudocrenilabrinae1407110475
   Cichlinae796571107
  Pholidichthyidae320
 Atheriniformes
  Atherinidae141756
   Atherinomorinae58334
   Atherininae50140
   Craterocephalinae32271
   Bleheratherininae111
  Bedotiidae16161
  Melanotaeniidae13310936
  Pseudomugilidae22191
  Telmatherinidae18181
  Notocheiridae210
  Isonidae550
  Dentatherinidae110
  Phallostethidae26232
  Atherinopsidae1911101
   Atherinopsinae79291
   Menidiinae112810
 Cyprinodontiformes
  Aplocheilidae32140
  Nothobranchiidae39427547
  Cynolebiidae491444128
  Valenciidae331
  Fundulidae103420
  Cyprinodontidae22214114
   Cubanichthyinae330
   Cyprinodontinae73543
   Orestiinae65462
   Aphaniinae81389
  Profundulidae13103
  Goodeidae74493
   Empetrichthyinae1040
   Goodeinae64453
  Poeciliidae51135338
   Poeciliinae39727434
   Procatopodinae110784
   Aplocheilichthyinae410
  Anablepidae27181
   Anablepinae26171
   Oxyzygonectinae110
 Beloniformes
  Scomberesocidae2150
  Belonidae155391
  Hemiramphidae133611
  Zenarchopteridae86616
  Exocoetidae170684
  Adrianichthyidae41379
   Oryziinae37339
   Adrianichthyinae440
 Mugiliformes
  Mugilidae303751
 Gobiesociformes
  Gobiesocidae27117118
   Gobiesocinae116793
   Lepadogastrinae67193
   Protogobiesocinae221
   Aspasminae12123
   Diademichthyinae20175
   Cheilobranchinae14110
   Chorisochisminae410
   Diplocrepinae19170
   Haplocylicinae220
   Trachelochisminae15113
 Blenniiformes
  Tripterygiidae22217914
   Notoclininae330
   Tripterygiinae21817614
  Labrisomidae18512711
  Clinidae170872
  Chaenopsidae102906
  Dactyloscopidae58480
  Blenniidae84940711
   Blenniinae198975
   Salariinae6173106
 Lophiiformes
  Lophiidae58304
  Antennariidae174515
  Tetrabrachiidae221
  Lophichthyidae110
  Brachionichthyidae16149
  Chaunacidae312914
  Ogcocephalidae106759
  Caulophrynidae1050
  Neoceratiidae110
  Melanocetidae2560
  Himantolophidae29222
  Diceratiidae871
  Oneirodidae127706
  Thaumatichthyidae1091
  Centrophrynidae110
  Ceratiidae2140
  Gigantactinidae28230
  Linophrynidae48270
 Tetraodontiformes
  Triacanthodidae30230
  Triacanthidae1770
  Balistidae187421
  Monacanthidae2971112
  Aracanidae26130
  Ostraciidae81260
  Triodontidae210
  Tetraodontidae3861916
  Diodontidae83170
  Molidae5251
 Scorpaeniformes
  Sebastidae2121343
   Sebastinae2001241
   Sebastolobinae12102
  Setarchidae1560
  Neosebastidae20180
  Scorpaenidae38023122
   Scorpaeninae32119815
   Caracanthinae940
   Pteroinae49297
  Apistidae1230
  Tetrarogidae79411
  Synanceiidae72350
   Minoinae21120
   Choridactylinae23130
   Synanceiinae28100
  Eschmeyeridae110
  Perryenidae110
  Aploactinidae57496
  Pataecidae630
  Gnathanacanthidae410
  Congiopodidae1981
   Congiopodinae1550
   Zanclorhynchinae331
  Pegasidae1561
  Dactylopteridae2670
  Plectrogeniidae320
  Parabembridae220
  Bembridae990
  Triglidae2231264
  Peristediidae75476
  Hoplichthyidae17173
  Platycephalidae1538414
  Anoplopomatidae520
  Hexagrammidae33120
   Hexagramminae2560
   Pleurogramminae320
   Ophiodontinae210
   Oxylebiinae110
   Zaniolepidinae220
  Normanichthyidae110
  Rhamphocottidae110
  Ereuniidae330
  Bathylutichthyidae221
  Cottidae4802648
  Cottocomephoridae200
  Comephoridae220
  Abyssocottidae29240
  Hemitripteridae2280
  Psychrolutidae55370
  Agonidae88460
   Agoninae34150
   Anoplagoninae1040
   Bathyagoninae990
   Brachyopsinae1890
   Hypsagoninae1570
   Bothragoninae220
  Cyclopteridae52284
   Cyclopterinae910
   Liparopsinae510
   Eumicrotreminae38264
  Liparidae48442762
 Perciformes
  Centropomidae33120
  Ambassidae103535
  Percichthyidae69241
  Perciliidae320
  Howellidae990
  Lateolabracidae630
  Latidae27132
  Acropomatidae494212
  Moronidae3460
  Polyprionidae1940
  Dinopercidae420
  Serranidae113056045
   Serraninae1689011
   Anthiadinae30722525
   Epinephelinae5782065
   Liopropomatinae000
   Grammistinae69374
  Ostracoberycidae430
  Symphysanodontidae16134
  Centrogenyidae310
  Pseudochromidae19315416
   Pseudochrominae1289816
   Pseudoplesiopinae28270
   Anisochrominae330
   Congrogadinae32240
   Assiculinae110
   Assiculoidinae110
  Grammatidae16153
  Callanthiidae20163
  Plesiopidae72501
   Plesiopinae48340
   Acanthoclininae24161
  Opistognathidae1098617
  Terapontidae114520
  Banjosidae533
  Kuhliidae37120
  Sinipercidae27141
  Elassomatidae871
  Centrarchidae153384
  Percidae38023722
   Percinae36112
   Luciopercinae25100
   Etheostomatinae31421620
  Priacanthidae50210
  Apogonidae51636631
   Apogoninae49034129
   Pseudamiinae22212
   Amioidinae330
   Paxtoninae110
  Epigonidae524612
  Dinolestidae410
  Sillaginidae48365
  Malacanthidae68453
   Malacanthinae28161
   Latilinae40292
  Lactariidae310
  Scombropidae530
  Pomatomidae1310
  Rachycentridae1410
  Echeneidae6880
  Carangidae6661501
  Nematistiidae210
  Coryphaenidae4620
  Menidae210
  Leiognathidae98526
   Leiognathinae28131
   Gazzinae66395
  Bramidae51200
  Caristiidae201913
  Arripidae940
  Emmelichthyidae19181
  Lutjanidae3761125
  Caesionidae41232
  Lobotidae920
  Datnioididae850
  Hapalogenyidae1281
  Gerreidae109543
  Haemulidae3731351
   Haemulinae233920
   Plectorhinchinae130431
  Sparidae44216315
  Lethrinidae138433
  Nemipteridae166705
  Sciaenidae5602944
  Polynemidae96421
  Mullidae2029023
  Pempheridae988451
  Glaucosomatidae740
  Leptobramidae320
  Bathyclupeidae10103
  Toxotidae1380
  Dichistiidae520
  Kyphosidae130542
   Girellinae42210
   Kyphosinae53162
   Scorpidinae18110
   Microcanthinae1450
  Parascorpididae210
  Drepaneidae930
  Monodactylidae1560
  Chaetodontidae3051333
  Pomacanthidae180903
  Enoplosidae510
  Pentacerotidae20130
   Histiopterinae1070
   Pentacerotinae1060
  Polycentridae951
  Oplegnathidae1270
  Cirrhitidae65351
  Chironemidae960
  Aplodactylidae1350
  Cheilodactylidae51270
  Latridae2270
  Cepolidae664523
   Cepolinae2890
   Owstoniinae383623
  Embiotocidae54230
  Pomacentridae78341135
  Labridae149955550
  Odacidae33120
  Scaridae414992
   Scarinae314740
   Sparisomatinae94252
  Bathymasteridae770
  Zoarcidae41130821
   Gymnelinae64454
   Lycodinae31424416
   Lycozoarcinae210
   Zoarcinae1560
   Neozoarcinae13121
  Stichaeidae115704
   Stichaeinae21141
   Opisthocentrinae21120
   Lumpeninae26111
   Chirolophinae17120
   Xiphisterinae27192
   Azygopterinae220
  Cryptacanthodidae940
  Pholidae40150
  Anarhichadidae2250
  Ptilichthyidae110
  Zaproridae110
  Scytalinidae110
  Bovichtidae18120
  Pseudaphritidae410
  Eleginopsidae510
  Nototheniidae96590
   Pleuragrammatinae860
   Nototheniinae67370
   Trematominae21160
  Harpagiferidae12120
  Artedidraconidae433813
  Bathydraconidae19170
   Bathydraconinae15140
   Gymnodraconinae430
  Channichthyidae30262
  Chiasmodontidae443313
  Champsodontidae16130
  Trichodontidae620
  Ammodytidae45339
  Trachinidae2190
  Uranoscopidae77532
  Trichonotidae12101
  Creediidae22182
  Leptoscopidae1150
  Percophidae60513
   Percophinae110
   Bembropinae30240
   Hemerocoetinae29263
  Pinguipedidae1429429
  Cheimarrichthyidae110
  Icosteidae310
  Callionymidae29419912
  Draconettidae19152
  Ephippidae44150
  Scatophagidae1730
  Siganidae86311
  Luvaridae1110
  Zanclidae710
  Acanthuridae257862
  Sphyraenidae75272
  Caproidae26180
  Hypoptychidae420
  Gasterosteidae99191
  Aulorhynchidae210
Coelacanthi
 Coelacanthiformes
  Latimeriidae320
Dipneusti
 Ceratodontiformes
  Neoceratodontidae310
  Lepidosirenidae410
  Protopteridae940
Totals59610345924139

Table 2. Number of fish species described from years 1998 through 2017
YearNew species described 
1998314 
1999295 
2000303 
2001441 
2002300 
2003314 
2004422 
2005470 
2006397 
2007420 
2008523 
2009295 
2010388 
2011366 
2012466 
2013429 
2014392 
2015426 
2016446 
2017408 
Total7815