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

SPECIES BY FAMILY/SUBFAMILY IN THE

Catalog of Fishes

By and

In 2017, there have been 77 new species described. In 2016, there were 440 new species added. The number of valid species of fishes is about 34,274. 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 31 January 2017 is 59,285, the number of valid genera is 5,204, and the number of valid species is 34,274.

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
  Petromyzontidae101415
  Geotriidae1510
  Mordaciidae530
Elasmobranchii
 Hexanchiformes
  Hexanchidae3040
  Chlamydoselachidae221
 Heterodontiformes
  Heterodontidae1990
 Orectolobiformes
  Rhincodontidae510
  Parascylliidae1081
  Brachaeluridae420
  Orectolobidae18124
  Hemiscylliidae34174
  Stegostomatidae1420
  Ginglymostomatidae1741
 Lamniformes
  Odontaspididae1340
  Mitsukurinidae410
  Pseudocarchariidae310
  Lamnidae4050
  Megachasmidae110
  Cetorhinidae1610
  Alopiidae1530
 Carcharhiniformes
  Pentanchidae107889
  Scyliorhinidae986720
  Proscylliidae860
  Pseudotriakidae542
  Leptochariidae210
  Triakidae86474
   Triakinae59353
   Galeorhininae26121
  Hemigaleidae1780
  Carcharhinidae196593
  Sphyrnidae24101
 Squaliformes
  Dalatiidae3190
  Etmopteridae59486
  Somniosidae35170
  Oxynotidae1050
  Centrophoridae45162
  Squalidae57335
  Echinorhinidae520
 Pristiophoriformes
  Pristiophoridae1183
 Squatiniformes
  Squatinidae34215
 Torpediniformes
  Platyrhinidae753
  Narkidae17110
  Narcinidae49324
  Hypnidae210
  Torpedinidae51201
 Rhinopristiformes
  Trygonorrhinidae1380
  Rhinobatidae52324
  Rhinidae15106
  Glaucostegidae1590
  Pristidae2550
 Rajiformes
  Rajidae28615726
  Arhynchobatidae13210719
  Gurgesiellidae21191
  Anacanthobatidae17146
 Myliobatiformes
  Zanobatidae321
  Hexatrygonidae510
  Dasyatidae1709322
   Dasyatinae69363
   Neotrygoninae15126
   Urogymninae613911
   Hypolophinae1162
  Potamotrygonidae563413
   Styracurinae320
   Potamotrygoninae533213
  Urotrygonidae26181
  Gymnuridae25110
  Plesiobatidae210
  Urolophidae35282
  Aetobatidae1751
  Myliobatidae41182
  Rhinopteridae1580
  Mobulidae63100
Holocephali
 Chimaeriformes
  Callorhinchidae1730
  Chimaeridae624113
  Rhinochimaeridae1280
Cladistii
 Polypteriformes
  Polypteridae24120
Actinopteri
 Acipenseriformes
  Acipenseridae158260
  Polyodontidae1020
 Lepisosteiformes
  Lepisosteidae6070
 Amiiformes
  Amiidae1310
 Elopiformes
  Elopidae1671
  Megalopidae1520
 Albuliformes
  Albulidae31133
   Albulinae28113
   Pterothrissinae320
 Notacanthiformes
  Halosauridae26160
  Notacanthidae35110
 Anguilliformes
  Protanguillidae111
  Synaphobranchidae65402
   Simenchelyinae410
   Ilyophinae33271
   Synaphobranchinae28121
  Heterenchelyidae1080
  Myrocongridae550
  Muraenidae51820112
   Uropterygiinae60363
   Muraeninae4521659
  Chlopsidae29253
  Colocongridae880
  Derichthyidae730
  Ophichthidae58333645
   Myrophinae1086915
   Ophichthinae46926730
  Muraenesocidae40140
  Nettastomatidae55462
  Congridae3452008
   Congrinae1971145
   Bathymyrinae93522
   Heterocongrinae42341
  Moringuidae46150
  Nemichthyidae3190
  Serrivomeridae22100
  Anguillidae134182
 Saccopharyngiformes
  Cyematidae320
  Saccopharyngidae16100
  Eurypharyngidae610
  Monognathidae15150
 Osteoglossiformes
  Hiodontidae1020
  Pantodontidae310
  Osteoglossidae1361
  Arapaimidae1251
  Notopteridae22100
   Notopterinae1770
   Xenomystinae530
  Mormyridae32422127
  Gymnarchidae110
 Clupeiformes
  Denticipitidae210
  Clupeidae5111962
  Dussumieriidae16103
  Engraulidae3151527
  Chirocentridae820
  Pristigasteridae92380
  Sundasalangidae770
 Gonorynchiformes
  Chanidae1910
  Gonorynchidae850
  Kneriidae31300
  Phractolaemidae310
 Cypriniformes
  Gyrinocheilidae530
  Catostomidae202831
  Botiidae95583
   Leptobotiinae45273
   Botiinae50310
  Vaillantellidae430
  Cobitidae31120048
  Barbuccidae221
  Gastromyzontidae1621327
  Serpenticobitidae330
  Balitoridae13710112
  Ellopostomatidae220
  Nemacheilidae823675152
  Psilorhynchidae312818
  Cyprinidae57783102343
   Paedocypridinae331
   Labeoninae74345169
   Cyprininae21191201118
   Danioninae52632957
   Sundadanioninae998
   Leptobarbinae750
   Tincinae1310
   Xenocypridinae34015811
   Gobioninae34420710
   Acheilognathinae119756
   Leuciscinae152465960
 Characiformes
  Citharinidae1380
  Distichodontidae1381028
  Crenuchidae1049517
   Crenuchinae330
   Characidiinae1019217
  Alestidae1851178
  Hepsetidae863
  Erythrinidae35184
  Parodontidae44314
  Cynodontidae1080
  Serrasalmidae1669311
  Hemiodontidae45312
  Anostomidae19014519
  Chilodontidae1080
  Curimatidae1721089
  Prochilodontidae50210
  Lebiasinidae927612
   Lebiasininae29299
   Pyrrhulininae63473
  Ctenoluciidae1370
  Chalceidae950
  Triportheidae34210
   Triportheinae28160
   Agoniatinae540
   Clupeacharacinae000
  Gasteropelecidae2190
  Bryconidae89504
   Bryconinae78464
   Salmininae1140
  Iguanodectidae35323
  Acestrorhynchidae33260
   Acestrorhynchinae21140
   Roestinae660
   Heterocharacinae660
  Characidae13721124207
   No subfamily26420635
   Rhoadsiinae660
   Aphyoditeinae20190
   Pristellinae36733180
   Gymnocharacinae20151
   Stethaprioninae26182
   Tetragonopterinae17129
   Characinae1188913
   Aphyocharacinae36190
   Cheirodontinae82678
   Stevardiinae37032657
 Siluriformes
  Diplomystidae1371
  Cetopsidae50421
   Cetopsinae44381
   Helogeninae640
  Chacidae741
  Plotosidae82413
  Ailiidae41251
  Horabagridae18102
  Bagridae33621830
  Akysidae66575
   Akysinae39384
   Parakysinae27191
  Amblycipitidae454112
  Sisoridae32026682
   Sisorinae22018058
   Glyptosterninae1008624
  Pangasiidae52280
  Siluridae1741009
  Kryptoglanidae111
  Aspredinidae71447
  Auchenipteridae17912325
   Centromochlinae484715
   Auchenipterinae1277610
  Doradidae1509413
   Wertheimerinae330
   Astrodoradinae16131
   Doradinae956210
  Heptapteridae29421012
  Phreatobiidae330
  Pimelodidae19510911
  Pseudopimelodidae514513
  Clariidae2241217
  Heteropneustidae941
  Ariidae3431466
   Galeichthyinae841
   Ariinae3191385
   Bagreinae1640
  Anchariidae661
  Austroglanididae330
  Cranoglanididae730
  Ictaluridae137510
  Lacantuniidae110
  Amphiliidae11810022
   Amphiliinae51397
   Leptoglaninae28289
   Doumeinae39336
  Malapteruridae27190
  Mochokidae26821114
   Chiloglanidinae69646
   Mochokinae1991478
  Claroteidae131915
   Claroteinae540
   Auchenoglanidinae110
  Schilbeidae72330
  Nematogenyidae310
  Trichomycteridae33729672
   Sarcoglanidinae11113
   Trichomycterinae24121563
   Copionodontinae551
   Trichogeninae221
   Vandelliinae2090
   Stegophilinae32290
   Tridentinae770
   Glanapteryginae18184
  Callichthyidae28721719
   Callichthyinae50170
   Corydoradinae23720019
  Loricariidae1085937215
   Lithogeninae331
   Delturinae870
   Rhinelepinae960
   Loricariinae28923941
   Hypoptopomatinae585215
   Neoplecostominae625921
   Otothyrinae11310749
   Hypostominae54346488
  Scoloplacidae662
  Astroblepidae838126
 Gymnotiformes
  Gymnotidae48418
  Rhamphichthyidae35288
  Hypopomidae373423
  Sternopygidae554415
  Apteronotidae1009434
 Esociformes
  Esocidae3973
  Umbridae1770
 Osmeriformes
  Argentinidae37282
  Microstomatidae29222
  Bathylagidae36241
  Opisthoproctidae22216
  Alepocephalidae138973
  Platytroctidae49400
  Leptochilichthyidae430
  Lepidogalaxiidae110
  Osmeridae46140
  Plecoglossidae310
  Salangidae28180
  Retropinnidae1860
   Retropinninae1540
   Prototroctinae320
  Galaxiidae1366613
   Aplochitoninae640
   Galaxiinae1306213
 Salmoniformes
  Salmonidae76222614
   Coregoninae305860
   Thymallinae41161
   Salmoninae41312413
 Stomiiformes
  Gonostomatidae52330
  Sternoptychidae99773
   Maurolicinae37321
   Sternoptychinae62452
  Phosichthyidae31240
  Stomiidae42430214
   Chauliodontinae1790
   Stomiinae30110
   Astronesthinae84600
   Melanostomiinae26320511
   Malacosteinae19143
   Idiacanthinae1130
 Ateleopodiformes
  Ateleopodidae18122
 Aulopiformes
  Aulopidae22156
  Chlorophthalmidae23202
  Paraulopidae15143
  Ipnopidae46330
  Bathysauroididae110
  Scopelarchidae25180
  Notosudidae17170
  Giganturidae620
  Synodontidae1468116
   Synodontinae1035315
   Harpadontinae43281
  Bathysauridae520
  Paralepididae91590
  Anotopteridae530
  Evermannellidae1480
  Omosudidae410
  Alepisauridae1020
  Pseudotrichonotidae442
 Myctophiformes
  Neoscopelidae1060
  Myctophidae3952510
 Lampriformes
  Lampridae920
  Veliferidae420
  Lophotidae1150
  Radiicephalidae110
  Trachipteridae54110
  Regalecidae2430
  Stylephoridae110
 Polymixiiformes
  Polymixiidae14100
 Percopsiformes
  Percopsidae520
  Aphredoderidae510
  Amblyopsidae1291
 Gadiformes
  Muraenolepididae981
  Bregmacerotidae18140
  Euclichthyidae110
  Macrouridae49040617
   Bathygadinae30270
   Macrouroidinae320
   Trachyrincinae870
   Macrourinae44837017
  Moridae1561060
  Melanonidae520
  Gadidae116220
  Lotidae87220
  Phycidae43110
  Merlucciidae52210
   Merlucciinae50200
   Steindachneriinae110
 Ophidiiformes
  Ophidiidae31926521
   Brotulinae1870
   Brotulotaeniinae440
   Ophidiinae84658
   Neobythitinae21218813
  Carapidae74351
   Carapinae67291
   Pyramodontinae650
   Tetragondacninae110
  Bythitidae13912521
  Dinematichthyidae12011615
 Batrachoidiformes
  Batrachoididae131844
   Porichthyinae18150
   Thalassophryninae16110
   Batrachoidinae34240
   Halophryninae56344
 Lophiiformes
  Lophiidae58304
  Antennariidae174515
  Tetrabrachiidae221
  Lophichthyidae110
  Brachionichthyidae16149
  Chaunacidae312914
  Ogcocephalidae106759
  Caulophrynidae1050
  Neoceratiidae110
  Melanocetidae2560
  Himantolophidae29222
  Diceratiidae871
  Oneirodidae126695
  Thaumatichthyidae1091
  Centrophrynidae110
  Ceratiidae2140
  Gigantactinidae28230
  Linophrynidae48270
 Gobiesociformes
  Gobiesocidae26816815
   Gobiesocinae116793
   Lepadogastrinae66182
   Protogobiesocinae221
   Aspasminae11112
   Diademichthyinae20175
   Cheilobranchinae14110
   Chorisochisminae410
   Diplocrepinae19170
   Haplocylicinae220
   Trachelochisminae14102
 Atheriniformes
  Atherinidae141756
   Atherinomorinae58334
   Atherininae50140
   Craterocephalinae32271
   Bleheratherininae111
  Bedotiidae16161
  Melanotaeniidae13310936
  Pseudomugilidae22191
  Telmatherinidae18181
  Notocheiridae210
  Isonidae550
  Dentatherinidae110
  Phallostethidae26232
  Atherinopsidae1881100
   Atherinopsinae76290
   Menidiinae112810
 Cyprinodontiformes
  Aplocheilidae32140
  Nothobranchiidae39427647
  Cynolebiidae481434118
  Valenciidae331
  Fundulidae103410
  Cyprinodontidae22013512
   Cubanichthyinae330
   Cyprinodontinae21713212
  Profundulidae13103
  Goodeidae74503
   Empetrichthyinae1040
   Goodeinae64463
  Poeciliidae51135538
   Poeciliinae39727634
   Procatopodinae110784
   Aplocheilichthyinae410
  Anablepidae27181
   Anablepinae26171
   Oxyzygonectinae110
 Beloniformes
  Scomberesocidae2150
  Belonidae155401
  Hemiramphidae132611
  Zenarchopteridae86616
  Exocoetidae170674
  Adrianichthyidae41379
   Oryziinae37339
   Adrianichthyinae440
 Stephanoberyciformes
  Stephanoberycidae540
  Hispidoberycidae110
  Melamphaidae837222
  Gibberichthyidae320
 Beryciformes
  Monocentridae740
  Trachichthyidae60484
  Anomalopidae1091
  Diretmidae540
  Anoplogastridae420
  Berycidae16100
  Holocentridae222862
   Holocentrinae132422
   Myripristinae89440
 Cetomimiformes
  Rondeletiidae220
  Barbourisiidae110
  Cetomimidae32260
 Zeiformes
  Cyttidae630
  Oreosomatidae17100
   Pseudocyttinae210
   Oreosomatinae1590
  Parazenidae640
   Parazeninae110
   Cyttopsinae530
  Zeniontidae970
  Grammicolepididae830
   Macrurocyttinae110
   Grammicolepidinae720
  Zeidae1460
 Incertae sedis
  Elassomatidae871
 Gasterosteiformes
  Hypoptychidae420
  Gasterosteidae99191
  Aulorhynchidae210
  Indostomidae330
  Pegasidae1561
 Syngnathiformes
  Aulostomidae930
  Fistulariidae1440
  Centriscidae41130
   Macroramphosinae2890
   Centriscinae1340
  Solenostomidae1160
  Syngnathidae67231614
   Syngnathinae5492686
   Hippocampinae123488
 Synbranchiformes
  Synbranchidae63252
  Mastacembelidae1398712
  Chaudhuriidae11112
 Scorpaeniformes
  Sebastidae2121343
   Sebastinae2001241
   Sebastolobinae12102
  Setarchidae1560
  Neosebastidae20180
  Scorpaenidae37922920
   Scorpaeninae32119714
   Caracanthinae940
   Pteroinae48286
  Apistidae1230
  Tetrarogidae77400
  Synanceiidae72350
   Minoinae21120
   Choridactylinae23130
   Synanceiinae28100
  Eschmeyeridae110
  Perryenidae110
  Aploactinidae57496
  Pataecidae630
  Gnathanacanthidae410
  Congiopodidae1981
   Congiopodinae1550
   Zanclorhynchinae331
  Dactylopteridae2670
  Plectrogeniidae320
  Parabembridae220
  Bembridae990
  Triglidae2251264
  Peristediidae74455
  Hoplichthyidae17173
  Platycephalidae1538514
  Anoplopomatidae520
  Hexagrammidae33120
   Hexagramminae2560
   Pleurogramminae320
   Ophiodontinae210
   Oxylebiinae110
   Zaniolepidinae220
  Normanichthyidae110
  Rhamphocottidae110
  Ereuniidae330
  Bathylutichthyidae221
  Cottidae4802638
  Cottocomephoridae200
  Comephoridae220
  Abyssocottidae29240
  Hemitripteridae2280
  Psychrolutidae55370
  Agonidae88460
   Agoninae34150
   Anoplagoninae1040
   Bathyagoninae990
   Brachyopsinae1890
   Hypsagoninae1570
   Bothragoninae220
  Cyclopteridae50282
   Cyclopterinae910
   Liparopsinae510
   Eumicrotreminae34252
  Liparidae48442762
 Perciformes
  Centropomidae33120
  Ambassidae103525
  Percichthyidae96382
  Perciliidae320
  Howellidae990
  Lateolabracidae630
  Latidae27132
  Acropomatidae39332
  Moronidae3460
  Polyprionidae1940
  Dinopercidae420
  Serranidae112855843
   Serraninae1689011
   Anthiadinae30022323
   Epinephelinae5772065
   Liopropomatinae000
   Grammistinae69374
  Ostracoberycidae430
  Symphysanodontidae15123
  Centrogenyidae310
  Pseudochromidae19215315
   Pseudochrominae1279715
   Pseudoplesiopinae28270
   Anisochrominae330
   Congrogadinae32240
   Assiculinae110
   Assiculoidinae110
  Grammatidae16153
  Callanthiidae18141
  Plesiopidae72501
   Plesiopinae48340
   Acanthoclininae24161
  Opistognathidae1068414
  Terapontidae114520
  Banjosidae533
  Kuhliidae37120
  Centrarchidae153384
  Percidae37723520
   Percinae36112
   Luciopercinae25100
   Etheostomatinae31221418
  Priacanthidae50190
  Apogonidae51636531
   Apogoninae49034029
   Pseudamiinae22212
   Amioidinae330
   Paxtoninae110
  Epigonidae514511
  Dinolestidae410
  Sillaginidae47354
  Malacanthidae68453
   Malacanthinae28161
   Latilinae40292
  Lactariidae310
  Scombropidae530
  Pomatomidae1310
  Rachycentridae1410
  Echeneidae6880
  Carangidae6651481
  Nematistiidae210
  Coryphaenidae4620
  Menidae210
  Leiognathidae97505
   Leiognathinae28131
   Gazzinae65374
  Bramidae51200
  Caristiidae201913
  Arripidae940
  Emmelichthyidae19181
  Lutjanidae3761125
  Caesionidae41232
  Lobotidae920
  Datnioididae850
  Hapalogenyidae1281
  Gerreidae109543
  Haemulidae3731351
   Haemulinae234920
   Plectorhinchinae129431
  Sparidae40115315
  Centracanthidae4290
  Lethrinidae138433
  Nemipteridae166705
  Sciaenidae5582912
  Polynemidae95421
  Mullidae2008721
  Pempheridae978250
  Glaucosomatidae740
  Leptobramidae320
  Bathyclupeidae10103
  Toxotidae1380
  Dichistiidae520
  Kyphosidae130542
   Girellinae42210
   Kyphosinae53162
   Scorpidinae18110
   Microcanthinae1450
  Parascorpididae210
  Drepaneidae930
  Monodactylidae1560
  Chaetodontidae3051332
  Pomacanthidae180903
  Enoplosidae510
  Pentacerotidae20130
   Histiopterinae1070
   Pentacerotinae1060
  Polycentridae951
  Nandidae1073
  Badidae343014
  Pristolepididae1062
  Oplegnathidae1270
  Cirrhitidae65351
  Chironemidae960
  Aplodactylidae1350
  Cheilodactylidae51270
  Latridae2270
  Cepolidae664523
   Cepolinae2890
   Owstoniinae383623
  Mugilidae303741
  Cichlidae22411704183
   Etroplinae20163
   Ptychochrominae20162
   Pseudocrenilabrinae1405110273
   Cichlinae794570105
  Embiotocidae54230
  Pomacentridae77940631
  Labridae149454545
  Odacidae33120
  Scaridae414992
   Scarinae314740
   Sparisomatinae94252
  Bathymasteridae770
  Zoarcidae41030620
   Gymnelinae63443
   Lycodinae31424316
   Lycozoarcinae210
   Zoarcinae1560
   Neozoarcinae13121
  Stichaeidae115704
   Stichaeinae21141
   Opisthocentrinae21120
   Lumpeninae26111
   Chirolophinae17120
   Xiphisterinae27192
   Azygopterinae220
  Cryptacanthodidae940
  Pholidae40150
  Anarhichadidae2250
  Ptilichthyidae110
  Zaproridae110
  Scytalinidae110
  Bovichtidae18110
  Pseudaphritidae410
  Eleginopsidae510
  Nototheniidae96590
   Pleuragrammatinae860
   Nototheniinae67370
   Trematominae21160
  Harpagiferidae12120
  Artedidraconidae433813
  Bathydraconidae19170
   Bathydraconinae15140
   Gymnodraconinae430
  Channichthyidae30262
  Chiasmodontidae443313
  Champsodontidae16130
  Trichodontidae620
  Ammodytidae45339
  Trachinidae2090
  Uranoscopidae77532
  Trichonotidae12101
  Creediidae22182
  Leptoscopidae1150
  Percophidae60513
   Percophinae110
   Bembropinae30240
   Hemerocoetinae29263
  Pinguipedidae1368823
  Cheimarrichthyidae110
  Pholidichthyidae320
  Tripterygiidae22017812
   Notoclininae330
   Tripterygiinae21617512
  Labrisomidae18512711
  Clinidae169872
  Chaenopsidae102906
  Dactyloscopidae58480
  Blenniidae84940510
   Blenniinae197964
   Salariinae6173096
  Icosteidae310
  Callionymidae29319811
  Draconettidae19152
  Rhyacichthyidae730
  Odontobutidae33231
  Eleotridae34917316
   Butinae87442
   Eleotrinae24412411
   Milyeringinae653
  Thalasseleotrididae330
  Gobiidae27931831295
   Sicydiinae16211122
   Gobionellinae67642538
   Oxudercinae120443
   Amblyopinae72354
   Gobiinae17351216228
  Kraemeriidae1280
  Microdesmidae1099215
   Microdesminae36331
   Ptereleotrinae725914
  Xenisthmidae17141
  Schindleriidae441
  Kurtidae820
  Ephippidae44150
  Scatophagidae1730
  Siganidae86311
  Luvaridae1110
  Zanclidae710
  Acanthuridae257862
  Scombrolabracidae110
  Sphyraenidae75272
  Gempylidae65261
  Trichiuridae84471
   Aphanopodinae24180
   Lepidopodinae32120
   Trichiurinae28171
  Scombridae194531
   Gasterochismatinae410
   Scombrinae190521
  Xiphiidae1010
  Istiophoridae6390
  Amarsipidae110
  Centrolophidae74311
  Nomeidae60170
  Ariommatidae1680
  Tetragonuridae430
  Stromateidae57201
  Anabantidae69310
  Helostomatidae210
  Osphronemidae18112910
   Belontiinae520
   Osphroneminae840
   Luciocephalinae1090
   Trichogastrinae2791
   Macropodusinae1291059
  Channidae102388
  Caproidae26180
 Pleuronectiformes
  Psettodidae730
  Citharidae1060
  Scophthalmidae3990
  Paralichthyidae1901091
  Bothidae2631702
  Pleuronectidae2251042
   Poecilopsettinae26211
   Rhombosoleinae34200
   Pleuronectinae136621
   Paralichthodinae110
  Achiropsettidae940
  Samaridae34295
  Achiridae66362
  Soleidae2811816
  Cynoglossidae24916010
   Symphurinae97816
   Cynoglossinae152794
 Tetraodontiformes
  Triacanthodidae30230
  Triacanthidae1770
  Balistidae188421
  Monacanthidae2971102
  Aracanidae26130
  Ostraciidae81260
  Triodontidae210
  Tetraodontidae3851926
  Diodontidae83180
  Molidae5140
Coelacanthi
 Coelacanthiformes
  Latimeriidae320
Dipneusti
 Ceratodontiformes
  Neoceratodontidae310
  Lepidosirenidae410
  Protopteridae940
Totals59285342743808

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 
2008522 
2009295 
2010388 
2011366 
2012466 
2013430 
2014391 
2015426 
2016446 
201778 
Total7484