Institute for Biodiversity Science and Sustainability
Online Version, Updated 2 August 2018

SPECIES BY FAMILY/SUBFAMILY IN THE

Catalog of Fishes

By and

In 2018, there have been 229 new species described. In 2017, there were 471 new species added. The number of valid species of fishes is about 34,852. 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 2 August 2018 is 59,911, the number of valid genera is 5,193, and the number of valid species is 34,852.

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
  Scyliorhinidae1006910
  Proscylliidae860
  Pseudotriakidae542
  Leptochariidae210
  Triakidae86472
   Triakinae59351
   Galeorhininae26121
  Hemigaleidae1780
  Carcharhinidae196592
  Sphyrnidae25101
 Squaliformes
  Dalatiidae3190
  Etmopteridae60497
  Somniosidae35170
  Oxynotidae1050
  Centrophoridae47182
  Squalidae61369
  Echinorhinidae520
 Pristiophoriformes
  Pristiophoridae1182
 Squatiniformes
  Squatinidae35223
 Torpediniformes
  Platyrhinidae753
  Narkidae17110
  Narcinidae49321
  Hypnidae210
  Torpedinidae50201
 Rhinopristiformes
  Trygonorrhinidae1380
  Rhinobatidae54335
  Rhinidae14104
  Glaucostegidae1590
  Pristidae2550
 Rajiformes
  Rajidae2861576
  Arhynchobatidae13310812
  Gurgesiellidae21191
  Anacanthobatidae17143
 Myliobatiformes
  Zanobatidae321
  Hexatrygonidae510
  Dasyatidae1769723
   Dasyatinae69352
   Neotrygoninae211711
   Urogymninae61398
   Hypolophinae1162
  Potamotrygonidae593715
   Styracurinae320
   Potamotrygoninae563515
  Urotrygonidae26181
  Gymnuridae27132
  Plesiobatidae210
  Urolophidae35280
  Aetobatidae1751
  Myliobatidae41182
  Rhinopteridae1580
  Mobulidae6190
Holocephali
 Chimaeriformes
  Callorhinchidae1730
  Chimaeridae654410
  Rhinochimaeridae1280
Cladistii
 Polypteriformes
  Polypteridae24120
Actinopteri
 Acipenseriformes
  Acipenseridae158270
  Polyodontidae1020
 Lepisosteiformes
  Lepisosteidae6070
 Amiiformes
  Amiidae1310
 Elopiformes
  Elopidae1671
  Megalopidae1520
 Albuliformes
  Albulidae31132
   Albulinae28112
   Pterothrissinae320
 Notacanthiformes
  Halosauridae26160
  Notacanthidae35110
 Anguilliformes
  Protanguillidae111
  Synaphobranchidae70468
   Simenchelyinae410
   Ilyophinae38326
   Synaphobranchinae28132
  Heterenchelyidae1080
  Myrocongridae550
  Muraenidae52521015
   Uropterygiinae60362
   Muraeninae45917413
  Chlopsidae29253
  Colocongridae880
  Derichthyidae730
  Ophichthidae58533647
   Myrophinae1086915
   Ophichthinae47126732
  Muraenesocidae40140
  Nettastomatidae55462
  Congridae35821320
   Congrinae20712414
   Bathymyrinae95544
   Heterocongrinae43352
  Moringuidae46150
  Nemichthyidae3190
  Serrivomeridae22100
  Anguillidae136172
 Saccopharyngiformes
  Cyematidae110
  Monognathidae16150
  Neocyematidae110
  Eurypharyngidae610
  Saccopharyngidae16100
 Hiodontiformes
  Hiodontidae1020
 Osteoglossiformes
  Pantodontidae310
  Osteoglossidae1361
  Arapaimidae1251
  Notopteridae22100
   Notopterinae1770
   Xenomystinae530
  Mormyridae32522328
  Gymnarchidae110
 Clupeiformes
  Denticipitidae210
  Clupeidae5192042
  Dussumieriidae16103
  Engraulidae31815510
  Chirocentridae820
  Pristigasteridae92380
 Gonorynchiformes
  Chanidae1910
  Gonorynchidae850
  Kneriidae31300
  Phractolaemidae310
 Cypriniformes
  Gyrinocheilidae530
  Catostomidae202831
   Myxocyprininae510
   Cycleptinae320
   Ictiobinae3380
   Catostominae160721
  Botiidae98593
   Leptobotiinae46283
   Botiinae52310
  Vaillantellidae430
  Cobitidae32621255
  Barbuccidae221
  Gastromyzontidae1631328
  Serpenticobitidae330
  Balitoridae13810113
  Ellopostomatidae220
  Nemacheilidae864719186
  Paedocyprididae330
  Psilorhynchidae332816
  Cyprinidae29091672195
   Labeoninae77747072
   Probarbinae640
   Torinae39621521
   Smiliogastrinae70645035
   Cyprininae41922427
   Acrossocheilinae85506
   Barbinae25014024
   Spinibarbinae18110
   Schizothoracinae140747
   Schizopygopsinae77321
  Sundadanionidae998
  Danionidae55234762
   Chedrinae2141239
   Rasborinae16711823
   Danioninae17110630
  Leptobarbidae750
  Xenocyprididae3371548
  Tincidae1310
  Acheilognathidae120767
  Gobionidae35021315
  Tanichthyidae430
  Leuciscidae154267174
   Pseudaspininae72212
   Laviniinae109440
   Plagopterinae46160
   Leuciscinae70031861
   Phoxininae37184
   Pogonichthyinae5772547
 Characiformes
  Citharinidae1380
  Distichodontidae1401049
  Crenuchidae1049513
   Crenuchinae330
   Characidiinae1019213
  Alestidae1851166
  Hepsetidae863
  Tarumaniidae111
  Erythrinidae35184
  Parodontidae44313
  Cynodontidae1080
  Serrasalmidae1699712
  Hemiodontidae45312
  Anostomidae19214819
  Chilodontidae1080
  Curimatidae17811415
  Prochilodontidae50210
  Lebiasinidae927510
   Lebiasininae29297
   Pyrrhulininae63463
  Ctenoluciidae1370
  Chalceidae950
  Triportheidae34210
   Triportheinae29170
   Agoniatinae540
   Clupeacharacinae000
  Gasteropelecidae2190
  Bryconidae89504
   Bryconinae78464
   Salmininae1140
  Iguanodectidae36314
  Acestrorhynchidae34260
   Acestrorhynchinae22140
   Roestinae660
   Heterocharacinae660
  Characidae14191172236
   Stethaprioninae696589135
   Characids incertae sedis51374
   Aphyoditeinae992
   Spintherobolinae660
   Exodontinae640
   Tetragonopterinae181310
   Characinae1239214
   Aphyocharacinae40220
   Cheirodontinae816510
   Stevardiinae37933561
 Gymnotiformes
  Gymnotidae584416
  Rhamphichthyidae36289
  Hypopomidae373422
  Sternopygidae605020
  Apteronotidae1059638
 Siluriformes
  Diplomystidae1371
  Cetopsidae51432
   Cetopsinae45392
   Helogeninae640
  Chacidae741
  Plotosidae83422
  Ailiidae41251
  Horabagridae18102
  Bagridae33721824
  Akysidae66574
   Akysinae39383
   Parakysinae27191
  Amblycipitidae464210
  Sisoridae32627378
   Sisorinae22318255
   Glyptosterninae1039123
  Pangasiidae53291
  Siluridae1741008
  Kryptoglanidae111
  Aspredinidae73458
   Pseudobunocephalinae1060
   Hoplomyzontinae11102
   Aspredininae52296
  Auchenipteridae17912321
   Centromochlinae484711
   Auchenipterinae1277610
  Doradidae152968
   Wertheimerinae330
   Astrodoradinae18151
   Doradinae130777
  Heptapteridae30021814
  Phreatobiidae330
  Pimelodidae1971148
  Pseudopimelodidae554916
  Clariidae2251228
  Heteropneustidae941
  Ariidae3451515
   Galeichthyinae841
   Ariinae3211434
   Bagreinae1640
  Anchariidae660
  Austroglanididae330
  Cranoglanididae730
  Ictaluridae137510
  Lacantuniidae110
  Amphiliidae11910121
   Amphiliinae52407
   Leptoglaninae28288
   Doumeinae39336
  Malapteruridae27190
  Mochokidae27822116
   Chiloglanidinae787414
   Mochokinae1991472
  Claroteidae131912
   Claroteinae91640
   Auchenoglanidinae39262
  Schilbeidae72340
  Nematogenyidae310
  Trichomycteridae34830774
   Sarcoglanidinae11112
   Trichomycterinae24722164
   Copionodontinae661
   Trichogeninae221
   Vandelliinae2090
   Stegophilinae32290
   Tridentinae11112
   Glanapteryginae18184
  Callichthyidae29022022
   Callichthyinae50170
   Corydoradinae24020322
  Loricariidae1129974222
   Lithogeninae330
   Delturinae870
   Rhinelepinae960
   Loricariinae29324326
   Hypoptopomatinae655818
   Neoplecostominae615920
   Otothyrinae12511959
   Hypostominae56347797
  Scoloplacidae661
  Astroblepidae838126
 Esociformes
  Esocidae3873
  Umbridae1770
 Salmoniformes
  Salmonidae76822814
   Coregoninae306860
   Thymallinae44181
   Salmoninae41512413
 Osmeriformes
  Argentinidae37282
  Microstomatidae29222
  Bathylagidae36251
  Opisthoproctidae22215
  Alepocephalidae138973
  Platytroctidae49400
  Leptochilichthyidae430
  Lepidogalaxiidae110
  Osmeridae46140
  Plecoglossidae310
  Salangidae28180
  Retropinnidae1860
   Retropinninae1540
   Prototroctinae320
  Galaxiidae1366613
   Aplochitoninae640
   Galaxiinae1306213
 Stomiiformes
  Gonostomatidae52330
  Sternoptychidae99784
   Maurolicinae38332
   Sternoptychinae61452
  Phosichthyidae31240
  Stomiidae42730517
   Chauliodontinae1790
   Stomiinae30110
   Astronesthinae84600
   Melanostomiinae26620814
   Malacosteinae19143
   Idiacanthinae1130
 Ateleopodiformes
  Ateleopodidae18111
 Aulopiformes
  Aulopidae22155
  Chlorophthalmidae23202
  Paraulopidae15143
  Ipnopidae46330
  Bathysauroididae110
  Scopelarchidae25180
  Notosudidae17170
  Giganturidae620
  Synodontidae1478314
   Synodontinae1045513
   Harpadontinae43281
  Bathysauridae520
  Paralepididae91590
  Anotopteridae530
  Evermannellidae1480
  Omosudidae410
  Alepisauridae1020
  Pseudotrichonotidae442
 Myctophiformes
  Neoscopelidae1060
  Myctophidae3952520
   Gymnoscopelinae32190
   Notolychninae110
   Lampanyctinae107740
   Diaphinae127800
   Myctophinae125780
 Lampriformes
  Lampridae1263
  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
  Macrouridae49140516
   Bathygadinae30270
   Macrouroidinae320
   Trachyrincinae870
   Macrourinae44936916
  Moridae1561050
  Melanonidae520
  Gadidae117220
  Lotidae87210
  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
  Scombridae194531
   Gasterochismatinae410
   Scombrinae190521
  Scombrolabracidae110
  Amarsipidae110
  Centrolophidae74311
  Nomeidae60170
  Ariommatidae1690
  Tetragonuridae430
  Stromateidae56201
 Syngnathiformes
  Aulostomidae930
  Fistulariidae1440
  Centriscidae41130
   Macroramphosinae2890
   Centriscinae1340
  Solenostomidae1160
  Syngnathidae67331711
   Nerophinae118560
   Syngnathinae55526111
  Pegasidae1561
  Dactylopteridae2670
 Kurtiformes
  Kurtidae820
 Gobiiformes
  Rhyacichthyidae730
  Odontobutidae33231
  Eleotridae35117217
   Butinae89441
   Eleotrinae24612313
   Milyeringinae653
  Thalasseleotrididae330
  Gobiidae28451884319
   Sicydiinae16211219
   Gobionellinae69244249
   Oxudercinae120442
   Amblyopinae72353
   Gobiinae17711251246
  Kraemeriidae1290
  Microdesmidae1109313
   Microdesminae36331
   Ptereleotrinae736012
  Xenisthmidae18152
  Schindleriidae552
 Synbranchiformes
  Mastacembelidae1408713
  Chaudhuriidae11112
  Indostomidae330
  Synbranchidae63252
 Anabantiformes
  Anabantidae69310
  Helostomatidae210
  Osphronemidae18213010
   Belontiinae520
   Osphroneminae840
   Luciocephalinae1090
   Trichogastrinae2791
   Macropodusinae1301069
  Channidae1054410
  Nandidae1071
  Badidae353115
  Pristolepididae1284
 Istiophoriformes
  Xiphiidae910
  Istiophoridae64100
 Pleuronectiformes
  Psettodidae730
  Citharidae1060
  Scophthalmidae3990
  Paralichthyidae1901091
  Bothidae2661714
  Pleuronectidae165622
   Atheresthinae320
   Pleuronichthyinae1081
   Microstominae2190
   Hippoglossinae1990
   Pleuronectinae84341
  Paralichthodidae110
  Poecilopsettidae26211
  Rhombosoleidae34200
  Achiropsettidae940
  Samaridae34294
  Achiridae66352
  Soleidae2811824
  Cynoglossidae2491598
   Symphurinae97815
   Cynoglossinae152783
 Cichliformes
  Cichlidae22581706173
   Etroplinae20161
   Ptychochrominae20162
   Pseudocrenilabrinae1411110576
   Cichlinae80456994
  Pholidichthyidae320
 Atheriniformes
  Atherinidae141756
   Atherinomorinae58334
   Atherininae50140
   Craterocephalinae32271
   Bleheratherininae111
  Bedotiidae16161
  Melanotaeniidae13411034
  Pseudomugilidae22191
  Telmatherinidae18180
  Notocheiridae210
  Isonidae550
  Dentatherinidae110
  Phallostethidae26232
  Atherinopsidae1911101
   Atherinopsinae79291
   Menidiinae112810
 Cyprinodontiformes
  Aplocheilidae33160
  Nothobranchiidae39928148
  Cynolebiidae502455126
   Cynolebiinae19317249
  Pantanodontidae320
  Fundulidae103420
  Cyprinodontidae1411035
   Cubanichthyinae330
   Cyprinodontinae73543
   Orestiinae65462
  Profundulidae14114
  Goodeidae74492
   Empetrichthyinae1040
   Goodeinae64452
  Fluviphylacidae550
  Poeciliidae3922739
   Xenodexiinae110
   Tomeurinae110
   Poeciliinae3902719
  Anablepidae28182
   Anablepinae27172
   Oxyzygonectinae110
  Aphaniidae834011
  Valenciidae331
  Procatopodidae108746
   Aplocheilichthyinae410
   Procatopodinae104736
 Beloniformes
  Scomberesocidae2150
  Belonidae155391
  Hemiramphidae133611
  Zenarchopteridae86616
  Exocoetidae170684
  Adrianichthyidae42389
   Oryziinae38349
   Adrianichthyinae440
 Mugiliformes
  Mugilidae303771
 Gobiesociformes
  Gobiesocidae27417419
   Gobiesocinae116793
   Lepadogastrinae68204
   Protogobiesocinae221
   Aspasminae12123
   Diademichthyinae20173
   Cheilobranchinae14110
   Chorisochisminae410
   Diplocrepinae19170
   Haplocylicinae220
   Trachelochisminae17135
 Blenniiformes
  Tripterygiidae22218013
   Notoclininae330
   Tripterygiinae21817713
  Labrisomidae18512711
  Clinidae170872
  Chaenopsidae102905
  Dactyloscopidae58480
  Blenniidae84940611
   Blenniinae198975
   Salariinae6173096
 Lophiiformes
  Lophiidae58303
  Antennariidae174515
  Tetrabrachiidae221
  Lophichthyidae110
  Brachionichthyidae16149
  Chaunacidae312914
  Ogcocephalidae106758
  Caulophrynidae1050
  Neoceratiidae110
  Melanocetidae2560
  Himantolophidae29222
  Diceratiidae871
  Oneirodidae127706
  Thaumatichthyidae1091
  Centrophrynidae110
  Ceratiidae2140
  Gigantactinidae28230
  Linophrynidae48270
 Tetraodontiformes
  Triacanthodidae31241
  Triacanthidae1770
  Triodontidae210
  Molidae5251
  Diodontidae83170
  Tetraodontidae3881917
  Aracanidae26130
  Ostraciidae81260
  Monacanthidae2971112
  Balistidae187421
 Scorpaeniformes
  Sebastidae2131343
   Sebastinae2011242
   Sebastolobinae12101
  Setarchidae1560
  Neosebastidae20180
  Plectrogeniidae540
  Scorpaenidae38023019
   Scorpaeninae32119813
   Caracanthinae940
   Pteroinae49286
  Apistidae1230
  Tetrarogidae79411
  Synanceiidae72350
   Minoinae21120
   Choridactylinae23130
   Synanceiinae28100
  Eschmeyeridae110
  Perryenidae110
  Aploactinidae57495
  Pataecidae630
  Gnathanacanthidae410
  Bembridae12123
  Triglidae2241275
  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
  Cyclopteridae52284
   Cyclopterinae910
   Liparopsinae510
   Eumicrotreminae38264
  Liparidae48743061
 Perciformes
  Centropomidae33120
  Ambassidae103535
  Percichthyidae69241
  Perciliidae320
  Howellidae990
  Lateolabracidae630
  Latidae27142
  Acropomatidae494212
  Moronidae3460
  Polyprionidae1940
  Dinopercidae420
  Serranidae113256245
   Serraninae1699112
   Anthiadinae30922724
   Epinephelinae5772055
   Liopropomatinae000
   Grammistinae69374
  Ostracoberycidae430
  Symphysanodontidae16133
  Centrogenyidae310
  Pseudochromidae19315414
   Pseudochrominae1289814
   Pseudoplesiopinae28270
   Anisochrominae330
   Congrogadinae32240
   Assiculinae110
   Assiculoidinae110
  Grammatidae18175
  Callanthiidae21173
  Plesiopidae72501
   Plesiopinae48340
   Acanthoclininae24161
  Opistognathidae1098617
  Terapontidae121597
  Banjosidae533
  Kuhliidae37120
  Sinipercidae27141
  Elassomatidae871
  Centrarchidae153384
  Percidae38123717
   Percinae37111
   Luciopercinae25100
   Etheostomatinae31421616
  Priacanthidae50210
  Apogonidae51636527
   Apogoninae48934025
   Pseudamiinae22212
   Amioidinae330
   Paxtoninae110
  Epigonidae544714
  Dinolestidae410
  Sillaginidae48365
  Malacanthidae68453
   Malacanthinae28161
   Latilinae40292
  Lactariidae310
  Scombropidae530
  Pomatomidae1310
  Rachycentridae1410
  Echeneidae6880
  Carangidae6661491
  Nematistiidae210
  Coryphaenidae4620
  Menidae210
  Leiognathidae98523
   Leiognathinae28131
   Gazzinae66392
  Bramidae51200
  Caristiidae201913
  Arripidae940
  Emmelichthyidae19181
  Lutjanidae3761125
  Caesionidae41231
  Lobotidae920
  Datnioididae850
  Hapalogenyidae1281
  Gerreidae109543
  Haemulidae3731351
   Haemulinae233920
   Plectorhinchinae130431
  Sparidae44516617
  Lethrinidae139444
  Nemipteridae166705
  Sciaenidae5612935
  Polynemidae96421
  Mullidae2029123
  Pempheridae988451
  Glaucosomatidae740
  Leptobramidae320
  Bathyclupeidae10103
  Toxotidae1380
  Dichistiidae520
  Kyphosidae130532
   Girellinae42210
   Kyphosinae53152
   Scorpidinae18110
   Microcanthinae1450
  Parascorpididae210
  Drepaneidae930
  Monodactylidae1560
  Chaetodontidae3051333
  Pomacanthidae180903
  Enoplosidae510
  Pentacerotidae20130
   Histiopterinae1070
   Pentacerotinae1060
  Polycentridae951
  Oplegnathidae1270
  Cirrhitidae65350
  Chironemidae960
  Aplodactylidae1350
  Cheilodactylidae51270
  Latridae2270
  Cepolidae664523
   Cepolinae2890
   Owstoniinae383623
  Embiotocidae54230
  Pomacentridae78741532
  Labridae150455450
  Odacidae33120
  Scaridae4141002
   Scarinae314750
   Sparisomatinae94252
  Zoarcidae40029819
   Lycodinae31524516
   Lycozoarcinae210
   Zoarcinae1560
   Gymnelinae65463
  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
  Chiasmodontidae44337
  Champsodontidae16130
  Trichodontidae620
  Ammodytidae45336
  Trachinidae2190
  Uranoscopidae77532
  Trichonotidae12101
  Creediidae22182
  Leptoscopidae1150
  Percophidae60513
   Percophinae110
   Bembropinae30240
   Hemerocoetinae29263
  Pinguipedidae1469824
  Cheimarrichthyidae110
  Icosteidae310
  Callionymidae29520013
  Draconettidae19152
  Ephippidae44150
  Scatophagidae1730
  Siganidae86311
  Luvaridae1110
  Zanclidae710
  Acanthuridae257862
  Sphyraenidae74272
  Caproidae26180
  Hypoptychidae420
  Gasterosteidae99191
  Aulorhynchidae210
Coelacanthi
 Coelacanthiformes
  Latimeriidae320
Dipneusti
 Ceratodontiformes
  Neoceratodontidae310
  Lepidosirenidae410
  Protopteridae940
Totals59911348523914

Table 2. Number of fish species described from years 1999 through 2018
YearNew species described 
1999295 
2000303 
2001441 
2002300 
2003314 
2004422 
2005470 
2006397 
2007420 
2008523 
2009295 
2010388 
2011366 
2012467 
2013429 
2014392 
2015427 
2016450 
2017471 
2018229 
Total7799