Institute for Biodiversity Science and Sustainability
Online Version, Updated 11 January 2021

GENERA/SPECIES BY FAMILY/SUBFAMILY IN

Eschmeyer's Catalog of Fishes

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In 2021, there have been 5 new species described. In 2020, there were 354 new species added. The number of valid species of fishes is about 35,734. 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 Eschmeyer's 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 Eschmeyer's 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.

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 11 January 2021 is 60,830, the number of valid genera is 5,209, and the number of valid species is 35,734.

Copyright: , and , 2020.


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Table 1. Genera/Species of Fishes by Family/Subfamily through 2020
Class

 

Order

 

 

Family

 

 

 

Subfamily

Available GeneraValid GeneraGenera Last Ten Years (2011 - 2020)Available SpeciesValid SpeciesSpecies Last Ten Years (2011 - 2020)
ClassOrderFamilySubfamilyAvailable GeneraValid GeneraGenera Last Ten Years (2011 - 2020)Available SpeciesValid SpeciesSpecies Last Ten Years (2011 - 2020)
Myxini      
     Myxiniformes      
          Myxinidae196199838
               Rubicundinae111440
               Eptatretinae101063538
               Myxininae84032260
Petromyzonti      
     Petromyzontiformes      
          Petromyzontidae1980102434
          Geotriidae9101520
          Mordaciidae210530
Elasmobranchii      
     Hexanchiformes      
          Hexanchidae6303050
          Chlamydoselachidae110220
     Heterodontiformes      
          Heterodontidae7101990
     Orectolobiformes      
          Rhincodontidae310510
          Parascylliidae4201080
          Brachaeluridae410420
          Orectolobidae43018120
          Hemiscylliidae32034171
          Stegostomatidae1101310
          Ginglymostomatidae4301741
     Lamniformes      
          Mitsukurinidae220410
          Carchariidae310920
          Odontaspididae110420
          Pseudocarchariidae110310
          Megachasmidae110110
          Alopiidae4101530
          Cetorhinidae5101610
          Lamnidae10304050
     Carcharhiniformes      
          Pentanchidae1580109906
          Scyliorhinidae141011037212
          Proscylliidae530860
          Pseudotriakidae331653
          Leptochariidae210210
          Triakidae269086471
               Triakinae163059351
               Galeorhininae106026120
          Hemigaleidae7401780
          Carcharhinidae41120197602
          Sphyrnidae142025111
     Squaliformes      
          Dalatiidae147032101
          Etmopteridae84062519
          Somniosidae116036181
          Oxynotidae2101050
          Centrophoridae122047192
          Squalidae1120644012
     Echinorhiniformes      
          Echinorhinidae310520
     Pristiophoriformes      
          Pristiophoridae22013104
     Squatiniformes      
          Squatinidae41035223
     Torpediniformes      
          Platyrhinidae420753
          Narkidae85017100
          Narcinidae85049321
          Hypnidae210210
          Torpedinidae112050201
     Rhinopristiformes      
          Trygonorrhinidae3301380
          Rhinobatidae123157357
          Rhinidae53115114
          Glaucostegidae1101590
          Pristidae8202550
     Rajiformes      
          Rajidae321622871596
          Arhynchobatidae1614013410812
          Gurgesiellidae33021190
          Anacanthobatidae65117143
     Myliobatiformes      
          Zanobatidae110321
          Hexatrygonidae210510
          Dasyatidae351971789922
               Dasyatinae188271374
               Neotrygoninae220211710
               Urogymninae107560398
               Hypolophinae3201160
          Potamotrygonidae862603816
               Styracurinae111320
               Potamotrygoninae751573616
          Urotrygonidae22026181
          Gymnuridae61027132
          Plesiobatidae110210
          Urolophidae43135280
          Aetobatidae4101751
          Myliobatidae52040182
          Rhinopteridae3101580
          Mobulidae171062100
Holocephali      
     Chimaeriformes      
          Callorhinchidae3101730
          Chimaeridae52065447
          Rhinochimaeridae4301290
Cladistii      
     Polypteriformes      
          Polypteridae32024140
Actinopteri      
     Acipenseriformes      
          Acipenseridae2140159270
          Polyodontidae7201020
     Lepisosteiformes      
          Lepisosteidae6206070
     Amiiformes      
          Amiidae2101310
     Elopiformes      
          Elopidae7101670
          Megalopidae3101520
     Albuliformes      
          Albulidae123131132
               Albulinae91028112
               Pterothrissinae321320
     Notacanthiformes      
          Halosauridae43026160
          Notacanthidae114035110
     Anguilliformes      
          Protanguillidae111111
          Synaphobranchidae19120745012
               Simenchelyinae310410
               Ilyophinae1170423610
               Synaphobranchinae54028132
          Heterenchelyidae5201080
          Myrocongridae110550
          Muraenidae5216053322120
               Uropterygiinae85060360
               Muraeninae4411046718520
          Chlopsidae128029253
          Colocongridae210880
          Derichthyidae320730
          Ophichthidae12162460235353
               Myrophinae201521097016
               Ophichthinae10047248828337
          Muraenesocidae8503590
          Nettastomatidae126055462
          Congridae7232136522018
               Congrinae4923021413012
               Bathymyrinae177194544
               Heterocongrinae62044362
          Moringuidae132046150
          Nemichthyidae12303290
          Serrivomeridae62022100
          Anguillidae410134170
     Saccopharyngiformes      
          Cyematidae110110
          Monognathidae21016150
          Neocyematidae110110
          Eurypharyngidae610610
          Saccopharyngidae31016100
     Hiodontiformes      
          Hiodontidae6101020
     Osteoglossiformes      
          Pantodontidae110310
          Osteoglossidae5201361
          Arapaimidae6201251
          Notopteridae54022110
               Notopterinae3201780
               Xenomystinae220530
          Mormyridae2822132822725
          Gymnarchidae110110
     Clupeiformes      
          Denticipitidae310210
          Spratelloididae2201590
          Clupeidae935305051916
          Dussumieriidae62016113
          Engraulidae3516032616618
          Chirocentridae210820
          Pristigasteridae179093390
     Alepocephaliformes      
          Alepocephalidae512001421012
          Platytroctidae1913049400
     Gonorynchiformes      
          Chanidae4101910
          Gonorynchidae310850
          Kneriidae64031300
          Phractolaemidae110310
     Cypriniformes      
          Gyrinocheilidae210530
          Catostomidae34140202851
               Myxocyprininae110510
               Cycleptinae210320
               Ictiobinae6203380
               Catostominae25100160741
          Botiidae108199614
               Leptobotiinae22046293
               Botiinae86153321
          Vaillantellidae110540
          Cobitidae4619334122663
          Barbuccidae110221
          Gastromyzontidae251811651359
          Serpenticobitidae110330
          Balitoridae201611381028
          Ellopostomatidae110220
          Nemacheilidae774915911763211
          Paedocyprididae110330
          Psilorhynchidae210363114
          Cyprinidae2831562929911755233
               Labeoninae97521481550894
               Probarbinae220640
               Torinae2514139821723
               Smiliogastrinae51291371846947
               Cyprininae5333144422827
               Acrossocheilinae94086525
               Barbinae1810025314626
               Spinibarbinae22022154
               Schizothoracinae1450141765
               Schizopygopsinae105078402
          Sundadanionidae221998
          Danionidae7539057236162
               Chedrinae3717022313116
               Rasborinae1511017412420
               Danioninae201001489725
               Esominae3102791
          Leptobarbidae210750
          Xenocyprididae824403381576
          Tincidae1101310
          Acheilognathidae10631248110
          Gobionidae5428035322219
          Tanichthyidae110541
          Leuciscidae214891154968360
               Pseudaspininae93072212
               Laviniinae24110110471
               Plagopterinae107046160
               Leuciscinae8036170432146
               Phoxininae51040217
               Pogonichthyinae853105762574
     Characiformes      
          Citharinidae4301380
          Distichodontidae351601411057
          Crenuchidae1811011610725
               Crenuchinae220330
               Characidiinae169011310425
          Alestidae322111861186
          Hepsetidae310863
          Tarumaniidae111111
          Erythrinidae83036193
          Parodontidae53045323
          Cynodontidae7301080
          Serrasalmidae2917017310014
               Colossomatinae7302491
               Myleinae1090453310
               Serrasalminae1250104583
          Hemiodontidae125047344
          Anostomidae2515119614920
          Chilodontidae4201080
          Curimatidae358018011715
          Prochilodontidae83050210
          Lebiasinidae117093759
               Lebiasininae33029296
               Pyrrhulininae84064463
          Ctenoluciidae6201370
          Chalceidae310950
          Triportheidae85034210
               Triportheinae31029170
               Agoniatinae110320
               Clupeacharacinae220220
          Gasteropelecidae5302190
          Bryconidae114089504
               Bryconinae103078464
               Salmininae1101140
          Iguanodectidae93041379
          Acestrorhynchidae148038302
               Acestrorhynchinae41022140
               Roestinae520660
               Heterocharacinae55010102
          Characidae217141914671219217
               Stethaprioninae75424723615128
               Characids incertae sedis1111051360
               Aphyoditeinae44010103
               Spintherobolinae330660
               Exodontinae530640
               Tetragonopterinae110181310
               Characinae2380124938
               Aphyocharacinae128041231
               Cheirodontinae21162826611
               Stevardiinae6245339635356
     Gymnotiformes      
          Apteronotidae211621059612
               Sternarchorhamphinae220220
               Apteronotinae191421039412
          Sternopygidae1161645424
          Gymnotidae320635019
               Electrophorinae110642
               Gymnotinae210564617
          Hypopomidae963373420
          Rhamphichthyidae85036289
     Siluriformes      
          Nematogenyidae110310
          Trichomycteridae56422384336100
               Copionodontinae220772
               Trichogeninae110331
               Trichomycterinae149127524283
               Microcambevinae22014146
               Glanapteryginae33011112
               Sarcoglanidinae55011114
               Tridentinae55111112
               Stegophilinae1611031280
               Vandelliinae8402090
          Callichthyidae238029322122
               Callichthyinae125050170
               Corydoradinae103024320422
          Loricariidae1631152511731009231
               Lithogeninae110330
               Delturinae520870
               Rhinelepinae730960
               Loricariinae4531130325433
               Hypoptopomatinae3731826825297
               Hypostominae66451458048599
          Scoloplacidae110661
          Astroblepidae610848227
          Diplomystidae3201371
          Cetopsidae115052442
               Cetopsinae94046402
               Helogeninae210640
          Chacidae310841
          Plotosidae2310083422
          Ailiidae127041251
          Horabagridae64018102
          Bagridae4019134022324
          Akysidae65066571
               Akysinae22039381
               Parakysinae43027190
          Amblycipitidae64046428
          Sisoridae4123135129585
               Sisorinae2312023218955
               Glyptosterninae1811111910630
          Pangasiidae84053291
          Siluridae2813017710410
          Kryptoglanidae111111
          Aspredinidae2213076489
               Pseudobunocephalinae2201282
               Hoplomyzontinae44011102
               Aspredininae167053305
          Auchenipteridae4025518212621
               Centromochlinae974504812
               Auchenipterinae29181129789
          Doradidae44312152967
               Wertheimerinae330330
               Astrodoradinae118018151
               Doradinae30202130776
          Heptapteridae3223030922822
          Phreatobiidae110330
          Pimelodidae633001971146
          Pseudopimelodidae871595318
          Clariidae261612261189
          Heteropneustidae310941
          Ariidae543423471555
               Galeichthyinae110840
               Ariinae443223231475
               Bagreinae9101640
          Anchariidae220660
          Austroglanididae110330
          Cranoglanididae310730
          Ictaluridae1970137510
          Lacantuniidae110110
          Amphiliidae1813111910218
               Amphiliinae42052416
               Leptoglaninae55028288
               Doumeinae96139334
          Malapteruridae32027190
          Mochokidae149028022417
               Chiloglanidinae440797515
               Mochokinae10502001492
          Claroteidae22120131851
               Claroteinae149091640
               Auchenoglanidinae83039201
          Schilbeidae125072350
     Lepidogalaxiiformes      
          Lepidogalaxiidae110110
     Argentiniformes      
          Argentinidae62038292
          Microstomatidae63029222
          Bathylagidae98036251
          Opisthoproctidae1310124234
     Galaxiiformes      
          Galaxiidae14701366613
               Aplochitoninae420640
               Galaxiinae10501306213
     Esociformes      
          Esocidae6103873
          Umbridae4301760
     Salmoniformes      
          Salmonidae3712077724420
               Coregoninae1130311924
               Thymallinae61045191
               Salmoninae208041813315
     Osmeriformes      
          Osmeridae106046150
          Plecoglossidae110310
          Salangidae118128180
          Retropinnidae5301870
               Retropinninae4201550
               Prototroctinae110320
     Stomiiformes      
          Gonostomatidae138053341
          Sternoptychidae1510099783
               Maurolicinae97038331
               Sternoptychinae63061452
          Phosichthyidae127031240
          Stomiidae8028143931726
               Chauliodontinae3101790
               Stomiinae71030110
               Astronesthinae136084600
               Melanostomiinae4816127822026
               Malacosteinae63019140
               Idiacanthinae3101130
     Ateleopodiformes      
          Ateleopodidae74018111
     Aulopiformes      
          Aulopidae54122155
          Chlorophthalmidae42026225
          Paraulopidae11015140
          Ipnopidae156045330
          Bathysauroididae110110
          Scopelarchidae85125180
          Notosudidae43017170
          Giganturidae310620
          Synodontidae2140148839
               Synodontinae1620106558
               Harpadontinae52042281
          Bathysauridae210520
          Paralepididae22120100719
          Anotopteridae210530
          Evermannellidae4301480
          Omosudidae110410
          Alepisauridae4101020
          Pseudotrichonotidae110442
     Myctophiformes      
          Neoscopelidae3301060
          Myctophidae623403952540
               Gymnoscopelinae106032190
               Notolychninae210110
               Lampanyctinae1690107740
               Diaphinae1130127810
               Myctophinae22150125790
     Lampriformes      
          Lampridae3101363
          Veliferidae220420
          Lophotidae6201150
          Radiicephalidae110221
          Trachipteridae113055110
          Regalecidae5202430
     Percopsiformes      
          Percopsidae410520
          Aphredoderidae410510
          Amblyopsidae7601291
     Zeiformes      
          Cyttidae410630
          Oreosomatidae74017100
               Pseudocyttinae210210
               Oreosomatinae5301590
          Parazenidae530640
               Parazeninae110110
               Cyttopsinae420530
          Zeniontidae430960
          Grammicolepididae530830
               Macrurocyttinae110110
               Grammicolepidinae420720
          Zeidae3201571
     Stylephoriformes      
          Stylephoridae110110
     Gadiformes      
          Bregmacerotidae31020152
          Phycidae52041110
          Gaidropsaridae123045171
          Lotidae11304750
          Gadidae32111116230
          Ranicipitidae210000
          Merlucciidae132043130
          Euclichthyidae110332
          Muraenolepididae220980
          Melanonidae210520
          Trachyrincidae7401190
          Moridae371911591083
          Macruronidae210620
          Lyconidae110320
          Bathygadidae42030270
          Steindachneriidae210110
          Macrouridae6427145636820
     Polymixiiformes      
          Polymixiidae31014100
     Beryciformes      
          Berycidae62016100
          Melamphaidae950857417
          Stephanoberycidae440540
          Hispidoberycidae110110
          Gibberichthyidae210320
          Rondeletiidae110220
          Barbourisiidae110110
          Cetomimidae1914032260
     Trachichthyiformes      
          Monocentridae420730
          Trachichthyidae128060482
          Anomalopidae7601191
          Diretmidae530540
          Anoplogastridae210420
     Holocentriformes      
          Holocentridae2580227907
               Holocentrinae1230134444
               Myripristinae135092463
     Ophidiiformes      
          Ophidiidae7650032226619
               Brotulinae2101870
               Brotulotaeniinae110440
               Ophidiinae128085658
               Neobythitinae6140021519011
          Carapidae238076362
               Carapinae195069302
               Pyramodontinae320650
               Tetragondacninae110110
          Bythitidae5836414512718
          Dinematichthyidae312611201165
     Batrachoidiformes      
          Batrachoididae34230131844
               Porichthyinae32018150
               Thalassophryninae32016110
               Batrachoidinae96034240
               Halophryninae1813056344
     Scombriformes      
          Amarsipidae110110
          Nomeidae153060170
          Ariommatidae2101680
          Stromateidae163056191
          Pomatomidae7101410
          Centrolophidae268074301
          Icosteidae310310
          Arripidae510940
          Tetragonuridae210430
          Chiasmodontidae114044362
          Scombridae42150195511
               Gasterochismatinae310410
               Scombrinae39140191501
          Caristiidae541201813
          Bramidae227051200
          Scombrolabracidae110110
          Gempylidae3416066272
          Trichiuridae1610082471
               Aphanopodinae22024180
               Lepidopodinae74030120
               Trichiurinae74028171
     Syngnathiformes      
          Aulostomidae410930
          Fistulariidae4101440
          Centriscidae125041130
               Macroramphosinae8302890
               Centriscinae4201340
          Solenostomidae4101160
          Syngnathidae10659067832313
               Nerophinae2190118561
               Syngnathinae8550055926712
          Pegasidae7301672
          Dactylopteridae10202670
     Kurtiformes      
          Kurtidae110820
     Gobiiformes      
          Rhyacichthyidae420730
          Odontobutidae77133231
          Eleotridae7535235918721
               Butinae2310089441
               Eleotrinae5023225313818
               Milyeringinae220652
          Thalasseleotrididae220330
          Gobiidae4952581429011930330
               Sicydiinae239016411318
               Gobionellinae15973378648960
               Oxudercinae14100120442
               Amblyopinae2315271353
               Gobiinae276151917351249247
          Kraemeriidae6201290
          Microdesmidae271311129410
               Microdesminae75036331
               Ptereleotrinae208175619
          Xenisthmidae106119163
          Schindleriidae110774
     Synbranchiformes      
          Mastacembelidae10301449110
          Chaudhuriidae77111111
          Indostomidae110330
          Synbranchidae217164263
     Anabantiformes      
          Anabantidae74070321
          Helostomatidae110210
          Osphronemidae2914018413210
               Belontiinae110520
               Osphroneminae410840
               Luciocephalinae5401090
               Trichogastrinae8202791
               Macropodusinae11601321089
          Aenigmachannidae111222
          Channidae9201165622
          Nandidae2101071
          Badidae220373215
          Pristolepididae4101284
     Carangiformes      
          Latidae63027142
          Centropomidae21034131
          Lactariidae210310
          Sphyraenidae71075282
          Polynemidae108096420
          Psettodidae210730
          Citharidae10501160
          Scophthalmidae9303890
          Bothidae482002681685
          Paralichthyidae341401901091
          Pleuronectidae53240167631
               Atheresthinae110320
               Pleuronichthyinae3101080
               Microstominae9202390
               Hippoglossinae8601990
               Pleuronectinae3114084351
          Achiridae146066351
          Paralichthodidae110110
          Rhombosoleidae118033190
          Achiropsettidae640940
          Oncopteridae210110
          Samaridae44135304
          Poecilopsettidae63026210
          Soleidae673002811845
          Cynoglossidae27302511618
               Symphurinae111097813
               Cynoglossinae1620154805
          Leptobramidae210320
          Toxotidae41016103
          Nematistiidae210210
          Menidae110210
          Xiphiidae210910
          Istiophoridae15506490
          Carangidae1093006661512
          Echeneidae9306780
          Rachycentridae3101410
          Coryphaenidae7104620
     Cichliformes      
          Cichlidae3422512622891726164
               Etroplinae63020161
               Ptychochrominae65020161
               Pseudocrenilabrinae22416471437112779
               Cichlinae105791980956783
          Pholidichthyidae210320
     Atheriniformes      
          Atherinidae221321407910
               Atherinomorinae85157379
               Atherininae85050140
               Craterocephalinae52132271
               Bleheratherininae110110
          Bedotiidae32016160
          Melanotaeniidae217013611235
          Pseudomugilidae53022191
          Telmatherinidae55018180
          Notocheiridae110210
          Isonidae310550
          Atherionidae110630
          Dentatherinidae110110
          Phallostethidae124026232
          Atherinopsidae561301931083
               Atherinopsinae206079291
               Menidiinae3670114792
     Cyprinodontiformes      
          Aplocheilidae42033160
          Nothobranchiidae3614441830458
          Rivulidae54393514463127
               Rivulinae3024030528177
               Kryptolebiatinae2101271
               Cynolebiinae2214319717549
          Pantanodontidae110320
          Fundulidae1431103420
          Cyprinodontidae151021411034
               Cubanichthyinae321330
               Cyprinodontinae106073542
               Orestiinae22165462
          Profundulidae22015124
          Goodeidae2519074472
               Empetrichthyinae2201040
               Goodeinae2317064432
          Fluviphylacidae210772
          Poeciliidae7827139427610
               Xenodexiinae110110
               Tomeurinae110110
               Poeciliinae7625139227410
          Anablepidae73029193
               Anablepinae62028183
               Oxyzygonectinae110110
          Aphaniidae1183844211
          Valenciidae110331
          Procatopodidae171411137911
               Aplocheilichthyinae110410
               Procatopodinae161311097811
     Beloniformes      
          Scomberesocidae6202150
          Belonidae21100155441
          Hemiramphidae1680133610
          Zenarchopteridae85088638
          Exocoetidae2272176759
          Adrianichthyidae42042376
               Oryziinae31038336
               Adrianichthyinae110440
     Mugiliformes      
          Mugilidae45254305792
     Gobiesociformes      
          Gobiesocidae7451528418528
               Diplocrepinae110110
               Lepadogastrinae126071257
               Chorisochisminae320520
               Haplocylicinae440440
               Protogobiesocinae331874
               Cheilobranchinae76224213
               Trachelochisminae320952
               Diademichthyinae1615236339
               Gobiesocinae1980115783
     Blenniiformes      
          Tripterygiidae3729022418215
               Notoclininae220330
               Tripterygiinae3527022017915
          Labrisomidae4316018813012
          Clinidae45260172872
          Chaenopsidae20130105913
          Dactyloscopidae179058480
          Blenniidae12358184740511
               Blenniinae39161199966
               Salariinae834206213095
     Acanthuriformes      
          Lobotidae43029151
          Pomacanthidae1970180902
          Drepaneidae510930
          Chaetodontidae531203051345
          Ephippidae108044150
          Leiognathidae1510199523
               Leiognathinae62028121
               Gazzinae98167402
          Scatophagidae5201730
          Antigoniidae31023181
          Siganidae91086321
          Caproidae210410
          Luvaridae6101110
          Zanclidae310710
          Acanthuridae3660257852
     Lophiiformes      
          Lophiidae94058303
          Antennariidae32141175525
          Tetrabrachiidae220220
          Lophichthyidae110110
          Brachionichthyidae55016140
          Chaunacidae320312913
          Ogcocephalidae151001158412
          Caulophrynidae3201050
          Neoceratiidae110110
          Melanocetidae3102560
          Himantolophidae61029221
          Diceratiidae520871
          Oneirodidae20160128717
          Thaumatichthyidae4201091
          Centrophrynidae110110
          Ceratiidae11202140
          Gigantactinidae42029241
          Linophrynidae145048270
     Tetraodontiformes      
          Triacanthodidae1211031241
          Triacanthidae4401770
          Triodontidae110210
          Molidae18305251
          Diodontidae157083190
          Tetraodontidae842813911939
          Aracanidae136026130
          Ostraciidae136081240
          Monacanthidae502702981092
          Balistidae27120187411
     Centrarchiformes      
          Percichthyidae207057231
          Perciliidae110320
          Terapontidae29150121618
          Kuhliidae71037120
          Dichistiidae310520
          Oplegnathidae4101270
          Kyphosidae133056142
          Girellidae182042200
          Scorpididae104017110
          Microcanthidae10401460
          Parascorpididae210210
          Centrarchidae3680152384
          Elassomatidae110870
          Enoplosidae110510
          Sinipercidae72028141
          Cirrhitidae1812065350
          Chironemidae210960
          Aplodactylidae5101350
          Cheilodactylidae310420
          Latridae209169320
          "Percalates-clade"1101020
     Acropomatiformes      
          Leptoscopidae3301150
          Champsodontidae21016130
          Hemerocoetidae128030274
          Creediidae88022181
          Glaucosomatidae410740
          Pempheridae720988551
          Lateolabracidae210530
          Synagropidae74220187
          Dinolestidae310410
          Malakichthyidae52017152
          Polyprionidae5202140
          Bathyclupeidae22110103
          Banjosidae210533
          Pentacerotidae187020130
               Histiopterinae13601070
               Pentacerotinae5101060
          Ostracoberycidae110430
          Epigonidae1660564715
          Symphysanodontidae42116132
          Howellidae6301090
          Scombropidae310530
          Acropomatidae52015126
     Perciformes *sedis mutabilis*      
          Ambassidae2370103545
          Moronidae6203460
          Dinopercidae220420
          Serranidae171712115258467
               Serraninae281201799820
               Anthiadinae6329232023833
               Epinephelinae541705551887
               Liopropomatinae94044375
               Grammistinae136042182
               Diploprioninae330850
          Caesioscorpididae110110
          Hemilutjanidae210110
          Centrogenyidae410310
          Pseudochromidae4424019315412
               Pseudochrominae18801289812
               Pseudoplesiopinae75028270
               Anisochrominae110330
               Congrogadinae168032240
               Assiculinae220110
               Assiculoidinae000110
          Grammatidae22019185
          Callanthiidae62021173
          Plesiopidae2312073512
               Plesiopinae147048340
               Acanthoclininae95025172
          Opistognathidae10411118810
          Priacanthidae64050210
          Apogonidae7140452438232
               Apogoninae6034449535528
               Pseudamiinae73024234
               Amioidinae320330
               Paxtoninae110110
          Sillaginidae75148364
          Malacanthidae52029161
          Latilidae73041303
          Emmelichthyidae53019181
          Lutjanidae591703761145
          Caesionidae104041231
          Gerreidae1971111542
          Haemulidae562113811343
               Haemulinae44171235921
               Plectorhinchinae1240132422
          Sparidae8939143816414
          Lethrinidae1150143433
               Lethrininae510110280
               Monotaxinae64033153
          Nemipteridae21501757510
          Sciaenidae1296925582939
          Mullidae18602089721
          Monodactylidae8201660
          Polycentridae540951
          Cepolidae1030664522
               Cepolinae4202890
               Owstoniinae610383622
     Perciformes      
          Percidae8310138224113
               Percinae103035100
               Luciopercinae163025100
               Etheostomatinae574131722113
          Niphonidae110110
          Embiotocidae2713054230
          Pomacentridae8229079642537
          Labridae170682151456152
          Odacidae98033120
          Scaridae281004131001
               Scarinae1850313750
               Sparisomatinae105094251
          Zoarcidae9259340530419
               Lycodinae6642231524411
               Lycozoarcinae110210
               Zoarcinae2101560
               Gymnelinae2315170538
          Anarhichadidae3202250
          Neozoarcidae22010100
          Eulophiidae330541
          Stichaeidae3118064443
               Stichaeinae106021141
               Chirolophinae94017120
               Alectriinae220771
               Xiphisterinae106018111
          Lumpenidae128026110
          Opisthocentridae96021120
          Pholidae144040150
               Pholinae101030110
               Apodichthyinae4301040
          Ptilichthyidae110110
          Zaproridae110110
          Cryptacanthodidae610940
          Cebidichthyidae110210
          Scytalinidae210110
          Bathymasteridae330770
          Bovichtidae43018120
          Pseudaphritidae310410
          Eleginopidae210510
          Nototheniidae2015096590
               Pleuragrammatinae640860
               Nototheniinae107067370
               Trematominae44021160
          Harpagiferidae11012120
          Artedidraconidae440433811
          Bathydraconidae1211019170
               Bathydraconinae98015140
               Gymnodraconinae330430
          Channichthyidae1311030211
          Trichodontidae320620
          Ammodytidae107045336
          Trachinidae4202190
          Uranoscopidae197081576
          Trichonotidae31012101
          Percophidae63031250
               Percophinae110110
               Bembropinae52030240
          Pinguipedidae16701479923
          Cheimarrichthyidae110110
          Callionymidae4011229520013
          Draconettidae32019151
          Sebastidae31702141342
               Sebastinae27402011242
               Sebastolobinae43012100
          Setarchidae8301560
          Neosebastidae52020180
          Plectrogeniidae220651
          Scorpaenidae6225038323222
               Scorpaeninae4219032319915
               Caracanthinae610940
               Pteroinae145050297
          Apistidae9401230
          Tetrarogidae2617081433
          Synanceiidae289075373
               Minoinae51024153
               Choridactylinae62023120
               Synanceiinae176028100
          Eschmeyeridae110110
          Perryenidae110110
          Aploactinidae2417057492
          Pataecidae330630
          Gnathanacanthidae310410
          Congiopodidae5302284
               Congiopodinae3101550
               Zanclorhynchinae220634
          Bembridae44012123
          Triglidae398022913210
          Peristediidae156076455
          Hoplichthyidae51017173
          Platycephalidae351811548510
          Normanichthyidae110110
          Hypoptychidae320420
          Gasterosteidae155099191
          Aulorhynchidae210210
          Anoplopomatidae520520
          Zaniolepididae210220
          Hexagrammidae164031100
               Hexagramminae11102560
               Pleurogramminae210320
               Ophiodontinae210210
               Oxylebiinae110110
          Rhamphocottidae110110
          Ereuniidae220330
          Bathylutichthyidae110221
          Cottidae1467505162957
          Hemitripteridae7302280
          Psychrolutidae179055370
          Agonidae4621088470
               Agoninae196034150
               Anoplagoninae5201050
               Bathyagoninae630990
               Brachyopsinae10601890
               Hypsagoninae5301570
               Bothragoninae110220
          Cyclopteridae176353325
               Cyclopterinae210910
               Liparopsinae510510
               Eumicrotreminae104339305
          Liparidae5732250343473
Coelacanthi      
     Coelacanthiformes      
          Latimeriidae210320
Dipneusti      
     Ceratodontiformes      
          Neoceratodontidae210310
          Lepidosirenidae210410
          Protopteridae310940
Totals10479520926960825357294148

Table 2. Number of fish species described from years 2001 through 2020
YearNew species described
2001441
2002300
2003313
2004424
2005470
2006397
2007420
2008523
2009296
2010388
2011370
2012468
2013433
2014394
2015436
2016451
2017472
2018417
2019353
2020354
Total8120