Online Version, Updated 8 February 2016

SPECIES BY FAMILY/SUBFAMILY IN THE

Catalog of Fishes

By and

In 2016, there have been 25 new species described. In 2015, there were 418 new species added. The number of valid species of fishes is about 33,818. 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 8 February 2016 is 58,765, the number of valid genera is 5,150, and the number of valid species is 33,818.

Copyright: and , 2016.


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Table 1. Species of Fishes by Family/Subfamily through 2016
Class

 

Order

 

 

Family

 

 

 

Subfamily

AvailableValidLast Ten Years (2007-2016)
Myxini
 Myxiniformes
  Myxinidae968112
   Myxininae32260
   Eptatretinae645512
Petromyzonti
 Petromyzontiformes
  Petromyzontidae101415
  Geotriidae1510
  Mordaciidae530
Cladistii
 Polypteriformes
  Polypteridae24120
Elasmobranchii
 Hexanchiformes
  Hexanchidae3040
  Chlamydoselachidae221
 Heterodontiformes
  Heterodontidae1990
 Orectolobiformes
  Rhincodontidae510
  Parascylliidae1081
  Brachaeluridae420
  Orectolobidae18124
  Hemiscylliidae34174
  Stegostomatidae1420
  Ginglymostomatidae1741
 Lamniformes
  Odontaspididae1330
  Mitsukurinidae410
  Pseudocarchariidae310
  Lamnidae4050
  Megachasmidae110
  Cetorhinidae1610
  Alopiidae1530
 Carcharhiniformes
  Pentanchidae1068714
  Scyliorhinidae976620
  Proscylliidae860
  Pseudotriakidae542
  Leptochariidae210
  Triakidae86474
   Triakinae59353
   Galeorhininae26121
  Hemigaleidae1780
  Carcharhinidae196603
  Sphyrnidae24101
 Squaliformes
  Dalatiidae3190
  Etmopteridae57474
  Somniosidae35170
  Oxynotidae1050
  Centrophoridae45152
  Squalidae532913
  Echinorhinidae520
 Pristiophoriformes
  Pristiophoridae1183
 Squatiniformes
  Squatinidae33216
 Pristiformes
  Pristidae2570
 Torpediniformes
  Narkidae17121
  Narcinidae48313
  Hypnidae210
  Torpedinidae51241
 Rajiformes
  Rhinobatidae97636
   Rhinobatinae75480
   Rhynchobatinae1073
   Rhininae321
   Platyrhininae862
  Arhynchobatidae13010817
  Crurirajidae981
  Rajidae29717127
  Anacanthobatidae14123
 Myliobatiformes
  Plesiobatidae210
  Hexatrygonidae510
  Dasyatidae1639313
  Gymnuridae25140
  Myliobatidae136453
   Myliobatinae57243
   Rhinopterinae1580
   Mobulinae60130
  Urolophidae38302
  Potamotrygonidae49289
  Urotrygonidae23181
Holocephali
 Chimaeriformes
  Callorhinchidae1730
  Chimaeridae614112
  Rhinochimaeridae1290
Actinopteri
 Acipenseriformes
  Acipenseridae158260
  Polyodontidae1020
 Lepisosteiformes
  Lepisosteidae6070
 Amiiformes
  Amiidae1310
 Osteoglossiformes
  Osteoglossidae1361
  Arapaimidae1251
  Pantodontidae310
  Hiodontidae1020
  Notopteridae22100
  Mormyridae31921624
  Gymnarchidae110
 Elopiformes
  Elopidae1671
  Megalopidae1520
 Albuliformes
  Albulidae31133
   Albulinae28113
   Pterothrissinae320
 Notacanthiformes
  Halosauridae26160
  Notacanthidae35110
 Anguilliformes
  Protanguillidae111
  Anguillidae134182
  Heterenchelyidae1080
  Moringuidae46150
  Chlopsidae29253
  Myrocongridae550
  Muraenidae51720013
   Uropterygiinae60363
   Muraeninae45116410
  Synaphobranchidae65403
   Ilyophinae33271
   Synaphobranchinae28122
   Simenchelyinae410
  Ophichthidae58133445
   Myrophinae1086915
   Ophichthinae46726530
  Colocongridae880
  Congridae3441998
   Congrinae1961135
   Bathymyrinae93522
   Heterocongrinae42341
  Muraenesocidae40140
  Derichthyidae730
  Nemichthyidae3190
  Serrivomeridae22100
  Nettastomatidae55472
 Saccopharyngiformes
  Cyematidae320
  Saccopharyngidae16100
  Eurypharyngidae610
  Monognathidae15150
 Clupeiformes
  Denticipitidae210
  Clupeidae5111951
  Dussumieriidae1693
  Engraulidae3121484
  Chirocentridae820
  Pristigasteridae91380
  Sundasalangidae770
 Gonorynchiformes
  Chanidae1910
  Gonorynchidae850
  Kneriidae31300
  Phractolaemidae310
 Cypriniformes
  Cyprinidae57223038328
   Acheilognathinae1197510
   Cultrinae000
   Cyprininae2043116996
   Barbinae14102
   Labeoninae71643065
   Squaliobarbinae000
   Tincinae1310
   Xenocypridinae32415511
   Gobioninae34020411
   Leuciscinae150365369
   Danioninae51933161
   ex-danioninae000
   No subfamily11700
   Alburninae000
   Leptobarbinae650
   Oxygastrinae110
  Psilorhynchidae292619
  Cobitidae40125353
   Botiinae94563
   Cobitinae30719750
  Balitoridae29523018
  Nemacheilidae806652153
  Serpenticobitidae330
  Vaillantellidae430
  Ellopostomatidae220
  Barbuccidae221
  Gyrinocheilidae530
  Catostomidae202831
 Characiformes
  Citharinidae1380
  Distichodontidae1371018
  Alestidae1821146
  Hepsetidae863
  Hemiodontidae45312
  Parodontidae45324
  Curimatidae1691056
  Prochilodontidae50210
  Anostomidae18814718
  Chilodontidae1081
  Erythrinidae34173
  Lebiasinidae927512
   Lebiasininae29299
   Pyrrhulininae63463
  Gasteropelecidae2190
  Ctenoluciidae1370
  Acestrorhynchidae33260
   Acestrorhynchinae21140
   Roestinae660
   Heterocharacinae660
  Cynodontidae1080
   Cynodontinae1080
  Serrasalmidae163908
  Characidae13491102206
   Stethaprioninae26182
   Aphyocharacinae42252
   Characinae1188916
   Tetragonopterinae18127
   Rhoadsiinae871
   Cheirodontinae80659
   Jupiaba clade29275
   Pristellinae34431169
   Astyanax clade20115030
   Acestrorhamphinae31254
   Nematobrycon clade000
   Gymnocharacinae1070
   Aphyoditeinae19180
   Stevardiinae36732559
   Pseudochalceinae861
  Bryconidae86492
   Bryconinae75451
   Salmininae1141
  Triportheidae34210
   Triportheinae28160
   Agoniatinae540
   Clupeacharacinae000
  Iguanodectidae34312
   Iguanodectinae13110
   Bryconops clade21202
  Chalceidae950
  Crenuchidae1029315
   Crenuchinae330
   Characidiinae999015
 Siluriformes
  Diplomystidae1260
  Lacantuniidae110
  Ictaluridae137510
  Horabagridae1592
  Bagridae32420725
  Cranoglanididae730
  Austroglanididae330
  Siluridae173988
  Kryptoglanidae111
  Schilbeidae117603
  Pangasiidae52280
  Amblycipitidae433810
  Amphiliidae11810029
   Amphiliinae513911
   Leptoglaninae28289
   Doumeinae39339
  Akysidae66578
  Sisoridae29325182
   Sisorinae19416250
   Glyptosterninae998932
  Erethistidae16116
  Clariidae22312011
  Heteropneustidae941
  Claroteidae131915
   Claroteinae540
   Auchenoglanidinae000
  Chacidae741
  Olyridae852
  Malapteruridae27190
  Ariidae3431458
   Galeichthyinae841
   Ariinae3191377
   Bagreinae1640
  Anchariidae661
  Plotosidae82413
  Mochokidae26821114
   Chiloglanidinae69646
   Mochokinae1991478
  Doradidae1509315
   Wertheimerinae330
   Astrodoradinae16121
   Doradinae956210
  Auchenipteridae17311819
   Centromochlinae464513
   Auchenipterinae123736
  Pimelodidae19410916
  Pseudopimelodidae46408
  Heptapteridae29720815
  Cetopsidae50421
   Cetopsinae44381
   Helogeninae640
  Aspredinidae69425
  Nematogenyidae310
  Trichomycteridae32428465
   Sarcoglanidinae11113
   Trichomycterinae22920456
   Copionodontinae551
   Trichogeninae221
   Vandelliinae2090
   Stegophilinae31280
   Tridentinae770
   Glanapteryginae18184
  Callichthyidae27720511
   Callichthyinae50170
   Corydoradinae22718811
  Loricariidae1059915204
   Lithogeninae331
   Neoplecostominae585518
   Hypoptopomatinae16215060
   Loricariinae28623938
   Hypostominae24319836
   Ancistrinae29826250
   Delturinae870
  Scoloplacidae662
  Astroblepidae787621
 Gymnotiformes
  Sternopygidae534213
  Apteronotidae1009438
  Rhamphichthyidae35288
  Hypopomidae22198
  Gymnotidae48418
 Esociformes
  Esocidae3973
  Umbridae1770
 Osmeriformes
  Argentinidae37282
  Microstomatidae29222
  Bathylagidae36241
  Opisthoproctidae20194
  Alepocephalidae138973
  Platytroctidae49400
  Leptochilichthyidae430
  Lepidogalaxiidae110
  Osmeridae46140
  Plecoglossidae310
  Salangidae28180
  Retropinnidae1860
   Retropinninae1540
   Prototroctinae320
  Galaxiidae1366613
   Aplochitoninae640
   Galaxiinae1306213
 Salmoniformes
  Salmonidae76222615
   Coregoninae305860
   Thymallinae41152
   Salmoninae41312513
 Stomiiformes
  Gonostomatidae52330
  Sternoptychidae98762
   Maurolicinae37321
   Sternoptychinae61441
  Phosichthyidae31240
  Stomiidae42330014
   Chauliodontinae1790
   Stomiinae30110
   Astronesthinae84600
   Melanostomiinae26220310
   Malacosteinae19144
   Idiacanthinae1130
 Ateleopodiformes
  Ateleopodidae17101
 Aulopiformes
  Aulopidae22156
  Chlorophthalmidae23202
  Paraulopidae15143
  Ipnopidae46330
  Bathysauroididae110
  Scopelarchidae25180
  Notosudidae17170
  Giganturidae620
  Synodontidae1447715
   Synodontinae1015014
   Harpadontinae43271
  Bathysauridae520
  Paralepididae91590
  Anotopteridae530
  Evermannellidae1480
  Omosudidae410
  Alepisauridae1020
  Pseudotrichonotidae220
 Myctophiformes
  Neoscopelidae1060
  Myctophidae3952510
 Lampriformes
  Lampridae920
  Veliferidae420
  Lophotidae1150
  Radiicephalidae110
  Trachipteridae54110
  Regalecidae2430
  Stylephoridae110
 Polymixiiformes
  Polymixiidae14100
 Percopsiformes
  Percopsidae520
  Aphredoderidae510
  Amblyopsidae1291
 Gadiformes
  Muraenolepididae983
  Bregmacerotidae18140
  Euclichthyidae110
  Macrouridae48940816
   Bathygadinae30270
   Macrouroidinae320
   Trachyrincinae870
   Macrourinae44737216
  Moridae1561070
  Melanonidae520
  Gadidae116230
  Lotidae87220
  Phycidae43110
  Merlucciidae52210
   Merlucciinae50200
   Steindachneriinae110
 Ophidiiformes
  Ophidiidae31826419
   Brotulinae1760
   Brotulotaeniinae440
   Ophidiinae84658
   Neobythitinae21218811
  Carapidae74352
   Carapinae67291
   Pyramodontinae650
   Tetragondacninae111
  Bythitidae22420954
   Bythitinae1069519
   Brosmophycinae11811435
  Aphyonidae28264
  Parabrotulidae430
 Batrachoidiformes
  Batrachoididae131844
   Porichthyinae18150
   Thalassophryninae16110
   Batrachoidinae34240
   Halophryninae56344
 Lophiiformes
  Lophiidae59294
  Antennariidae173515
  Tetrabrachiidae321
  Lophichthyidae110
  Brachionichthyidae161410
  Chaunacidae272510
  Ogcocephalidae1067510
  Caulophrynidae1050
  Neoceratiidae110
  Melanocetidae2560
  Himantolophidae29222
  Diceratiidae760
  Oneirodidae125685
  Thaumatichthyidae980
  Centrophrynidae110
  Ceratiidae2140
  Gigantactinidae28230
  Linophrynidae48270
 Gobiesociformes
  Gobiesocidae26616614
   Gobiesocinae25215514
   Cheilobranchinae14110
 Atheriniformes
  Atherinidae141756
   Atherinomorinae58334
   Craterocephalinae32271
   Atherininae50140
   Bleheratherininae111
  Bedotiidae16162
  Melanotaeniidae13310936
  Pseudomugilidae21180
  Atherinopsidae1881100
   Atherinopsinae76290
   Menidiinae112810
  Notocheiridae210
  Isonidae550
  Telmatherinidae18181
  Dentatherinidae110
  Phallostethidae26232
 Cyprinodontiformes
  Aplocheilidae31140
  Nothobranchiidae38627149
  Rivulidae463421119
  Profundulidae13103
  Fundulidae103411
  Valenciidae331
  Goodeidae72481
   Empetrichthyinae1040
   Goodeinae62441
  Poeciliidae50935939
   Poeciliinae39427634
   Procatopodinae79615
   Aplocheilichthyinae36220
  Cyprinodontidae21913413
   Cubanichthyinae220
   Cyprinodontinae21713213
  Anablepidae27181
   Anablepinae26171
   Oxyzygonectinae110
 Beloniformes
  Scomberesocidae2150
  Belonidae156412
  Hemiramphidae132611
  Zenarchopteridae86616
  Exocoetidae169663
  Adrianichthyidae41379
   Oryziinae37339
   Adrianichthyinae440
 Stephanoberyciformes
  Stephanoberycidae540
  Hispidoberycidae110
  Melamphaidae817020
  Gibberichthyidae320
 Beryciformes
  Monocentridae740
  Trachichthyidae60484
  Anomalopidae1091
  Diretmidae540
  Anoplogastridae420
  Berycidae16100
  Holocentridae221851
   Holocentrinae131411
   Myripristinae89440
 Cetomimiformes
  Rondeletiidae220
  Barbourisiidae110
  Cetomimidae32300
 Zeiformes
  Cyttidae630
  Oreosomatidae17100
   Pseudocyttinae210
   Oreosomatinae1590
  Parazenidae640
   Parazeninae110
   Cyttopsinae530
  Zeniontidae970
  Grammicolepididae830
   Macrurocyttinae110
   Grammicolepidinae720
  Zeidae1460
 Incertae sedis
  Elassomatidae871
 Gasterosteiformes
  Hypoptychidae420
  Gasterosteidae99191
  Aulorhynchidae210
  Indostomidae330
  Pegasidae1450
 Syngnathiformes
  Aulostomidae930
  Fistulariidae1440
  Centriscidae41120
   Macroramphosinae2880
   Centriscinae1340
  Solenostomidae1160
  Syngnathidae66934113
   Syngnathinae5472686
   Hippocampinae122737
 Synbranchiformes
  Synbranchidae62241
  Mastacembelidae1398614
  Chaudhuriidae10101
 Scorpaeniformes
  Sebastidae2121345
   Sebastinae2001241
   Sebastolobinae12104
  Setarchidae1560
  Neosebastidae20180
  Scorpaenidae37922720
   Scorpaeninae32119614
   Caracanthinae940
   Pteroinae48276
  Apistidae1230
  Tetrarogidae77400
  Synanceiidae72350
   Minoinae21120
   Choridactylinae23130
   Synanceiinae28100
  Eschmeyeridae110
  Perryenidae110
  Aploactinidae57496
  Pataecidae630
  Gnathanacanthidae410
  Congiopodidae1870
  Dactylopteridae2670
  Plectrogeniidae320
  Parabembridae220
  Bembridae990
  Triglidae2251264
  Peristediidae73454
  Hoplichthyidae17173
  Platycephalidae1538515
  Anoplopomatidae520
  Hexagrammidae33120
   Hexagramminae2560
   Pleurogramminae320
   Ophiodontinae210
   Oxylebiinae110
   Zaniolepidinae220
  Normanichthyidae110
  Rhamphocottidae110
  Ereuniidae330
  Bathylutichthyidae221
  Cottidae48026410
  Cottocomephoridae200
  Comephoridae220
  Abyssocottidae29240
  Hemitripteridae2280
  Psychrolutidae55381
  Agonidae88460
   Agoninae34150
   Anoplagoninae1040
   Bathyagoninae990
   Brachyopsinae1890
   Hypsagoninae1570
   Bothragoninae220
  Cyclopteridae50292
  Liparidae48142564
 Perciformes
  Centropomidae33120
  Ambassidae103525
  Percichthyidae96372
  Perciliidae320
  Howellidae990
  Lateolabracidae630
  Latidae27132
  Acropomatidae38321
  Moronidae3460
  Polyprionidae1840
  Dinopercidae420
  Serranidae111954836
   Serraninae166889
   Anthiadinae29722021
   Epinephelinae5752044
   Liopropomatinae000
   Grammistinae67342
  Ostracoberycidae430
  Symphysanodontidae15123
  Centrogenyidae310
  Pseudochromidae19115215
   Pseudochrominae1269615
   Pseudoplesiopinae28270
   Anisochrominae330
   Congrogadinae32240
   Assiculinae110
   Assiculoidinae110
  Grammatidae14131
  Callanthiidae17130
  Plesiopidae72501
   Plesiopinae48340
   Acanthoclininae24161
  Opistognathidae1058314
  Terapontidae115530
  Banjosidae210
  Kuhliidae37120
  Centrarchidae153384
  Percidae37723628
   Percinae36112
   Luciopercinae25100
   Etheostomatinae31221526
  Priacanthidae50190
  Apogonidae51235528
   Apogoninae48733227
   Pseudamiinae21201
   Amioidinae320
   Paxtoninae110
  Epigonidae514412
  Dinolestidae410
  Sillaginidae46343
  Malacanthidae68454
   Malacanthinae28162
   Latilinae40292
  Lactariidae310
  Scombropidae530
  Pomatomidae1310
  Rachycentridae1410
  Echeneidae6880
  Carangidae6651512
  Nematistiidae210
  Coryphaenidae4620
  Menidae210
  Leiognathidae97507
   Leiognathinae28131
   Gazzinae65376
  Bramidae51200
  Caristiidae201913
  Arripidae940
  Emmelichthyidae19181
  Lutjanidae3751105
  Caesionidae41232
  Lobotidae920
  Datnioididae850
  Hapalogenyidae1281
  Gerreidae109547
  Haemulidae3721351
   Haemulinae234920
   Plectorhinchinae128431
  Sparidae40014615
  Centracanthidae4290
  Lethrinidae138433
  Nemipteridae165694
  Sciaenidae5582912
  Polynemidae95421
  Mullidae1998720
  Pempheridae917444
  Glaucosomatidae740
  Leptobramidae310
  Bathyclupeidae992
  Toxotidae1380
  Dichistiidae520
  Kyphosidae129512
   Girellinae42190
   Kyphosinae53162
   Scorpidinae18110
   Microcanthinae1450
  Parascorpididae210
  Drepaneidae930
  Monodactylidae1560
  Chaetodontidae3051321
  Pomacanthidae178882
  Enoplosidae510
  Pentacerotidae20130
   Histiopterinae1070
   Pentacerotinae1060
  Polycentridae951
  Nandidae1073
  Badidae332913
  Pristolepididae1062
  Oplegnathidae1270
  Cirrhitidae65351
  Chironemidae960
  Aplodactylidae1350
  Cheilodactylidae51270
  Latridae2270
  Cepolidae45252
  Mugilidae303742
  Cichlidae22221696178
   Etroplinae20163
   Ptychochrominae20162
   Pseudocrenilabrinae1391110365
   Cichlinae789561108
  Embiotocidae54231
  Pomacentridae77639928
  Labridae148253036
  Odacidae33120
  Scaridae414993
   Scarinae314741
   Sparisomatinae94252
  Bathymasteridae770
  Zoarcidae41030528
   Gymnelinae63443
   Lycodinae31424221
   Lycozoarcinae210
   Zoarcinae1561
   Neozoarcinae13123
  Stichaeidae115704
   Stichaeinae21141
   Opisthocentrinae21120
   Lumpeninae26111
   Chirolophinae17120
   Xiphisterinae27192
   Azygopterinae220
  Cryptacanthodidae940
  Pholidae40160
  Anarhichadidae2250
  Ptilichthyidae110
  Zaproridae110
  Scytalinidae110
  Bovichtidae18110
  Pseudaphritidae410
  Eleginopsidae510
  Nototheniidae96590
   Pleuragrammatinae860
   Nototheniinae67370
   Trematominae21160
  Harpagiferidae12120
  Artedidraconidae433813
  Bathydraconidae19170
   Bathydraconinae15140
   Gymnodraconinae430
  Channichthyidae30262
  Chiasmodontidae433115
  Champsodontidae16130
  Trichodontidae620
  Ammodytidae45339
  Trachinidae2090
  Uranoscopidae77532
  Trichonotidae12101
  Creediidae22182
  Leptoscopidae1150
  Percophidae60514
   Percophinae110
   Bembropinae30240
   Hemerocoetinae29264
  Pinguipedidae1368826
  Cheimarrichthyidae110
  Pholidichthyidae320
  Tripterygiidae21917716
   Notoclininae330
   Tripterygiinae21517416
  Labrisomidae18412811
  Clinidae169872
  Chaenopsidae103906
  Dactyloscopidae58480
  Blenniidae84940511
   Blenniinae197965
   Salariinae6173096
  Icosteidae310
  Callionymidae2891947
  Draconettidae19152
  Rhyacichthyidae730
  Odontobutidae32231
  Eleotridae34817315
   Butinae87442
   Eleotrinae24312410
   Milyeringinae653
  Thalasseleotrididae330
  Gobiidae27381778290
   Sicydiinae16112124
   Gobionellinae67141642
   Oxudercinae119422
   Amblyopinae69321
   Gobiinae16901167221
  Kraemeriidae1280
  Microdesmidae1069012
   Microdesminae36331
   Ptereleotrinae695711
  Xenisthmidae17141
  Schindleriidae330
  Kurtidae820
  Ephippidae44150
  Scatophagidae1740
  Siganidae86311
  Luvaridae1110
  Zanclidae710
  Acanthuridae256841
  Scombrolabracidae110
  Sphyraenidae75272
  Gempylidae65261
  Trichiuridae84471
   Aphanopodinae24180
   Lepidopodinae32120
   Trichiurinae28171
  Scombridae193530
   Gasterochismatinae410
   Scombrinae189520
  Xiphiidae1010
  Istiophoridae6390
  Amarsipidae110
  Centrolophidae74311
  Nomeidae60170
  Ariommatidae1680
  Tetragonuridae430
  Stromateidae57171
  Anabantidae69310
  Osphronemidae18012910
   Macropodusinae1291059
   Luciocephalinae35181
   Osphroneminae940
   Belontiinae520
  Helostomatidae210
  Channidae100357
  Caproidae26180
 Pleuronectiformes
  Psettodidae730
  Citharidae1060
  Scophthalmidae3990
  Paralichthyidae1901091
  Bothidae2621691
  Achiropsettidae940
  Pleuronectidae2251052
   Poecilopsettinae26211
   Rhombosoleinae34200
   Pleuronectinae136631
   Paralichthodinae110
  Samaridae33284
  Achiridae66362
  Soleidae28117928
  Cynoglossidae2461457
   Symphurinae96795
   Cynoglossinae150662
 Tetraodontiformes
  Triacanthodidae30230
  Triacanthidae1770
  Balistidae188421
  Monacanthidae2971102
  Aracanidae26130
  Ostraciidae81260
  Triodontidae210
  Tetraodontidae3821955
  Diodontidae83180
  Molidae5140
Coelacanthi
 Coelacanthiformes
  Latimeriidae320
Dipneusti
 Ceratodontiformes
  Neoceratodontidae310
 Lepidosireniformes
  Lepidosirenidae410
  Protopteridae940
Totals58765338183719

Table 2. Number of fish species described from years 1997 through 2016
YearNew species described 
1997267 
1998314 
1999295 
2000304 
2001441 
2002299 
2003313 
2004419 
2005472 
2006398 
2007416 
2008522 
2009295 
2010388 
2011366 
2012466 
2013430 
2014391 
2015420 
201625 
Total7241