Online Version, Updated 2 September 2015

SPECIES BY FAMILY/SUBFAMILY IN THE

Catalog of Fishes

By and

So far in 2015, there have been 243 new species described. In 2014, there were 391 new species added. The number of valid species of fishes is about 33,629. 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 September 2015 is 58,537, the number of valid genera is 5,150, and the number of valid species is 33,629

Copyright: and , 2015.


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Table 1. Species of Fishes by Family/Subfamily through 2015
Class

 

Order

 

 

Family

 

 

 

Subfamily

AvailableValidLast Ten Years (2006-2015)
Myxini
 Myxiniformes
  Myxinidae968113
   Myxininae32260
   Eptatretinae645513
Petromyzonti
 Petromyzontiformes
  Petromyzontidae101415
  Geotriidae1510
  Mordaciidae530
Cladistii
 Polypteriformes
  Polypteridae24121
Elasmobranchii
 Hexanchiformes
  Hexanchidae3040
  Chlamydoselachidae221
 Heterodontiformes
  Heterodontidae1990
 Orectolobiformes
  Rhincodontidae510
  Parascylliidae1081
  Brachaeluridae420
  Orectolobidae18125
  Hemiscylliidae33174
  Stegostomatidae1420
  Ginglymostomatidae1641
 Lamniformes
  Odontaspididae1330
  Mitsukurinidae410
  Pseudocarchariidae310
  Lamnidae4050
  Megachasmidae110
  Cetorhinidae1610
  Alopiidae1530
 Carcharhiniformes
  Pentanchidae1068716
  Scyliorhinidae946620
  Proscylliidae870
  Pseudotriakidae542
  Leptochariidae210
  Triakidae86476
   Triakinae59355
   Galeorhininae26121
  Hemigaleidae1780
  Carcharhinidae195593
  Sphyrnidae24101
 Squaliformes
  Dalatiidae3090
  Etmopteridae56464
  Somniosidae35170
  Oxynotidae1050
  Centrophoridae45152
  Squalidae532913
  Echinorhinidae520
 Pristiophoriformes
  Pristiophoridae1183
 Squatiniformes
  Squatinidae33216
 Pristiformes
  Pristidae2570
 Torpediniformes
  Narkidae17121
  Narcinidae48313
  Hypnidae210
  Torpedinidae51242
 Rajiformes
  Rhinobatidae97638
   Rhinobatinae75482
   Rhynchobatinae1073
   Rhininae321
   Platyrhininae862
  Arhynchobatidae13010822
  Crurirajidae981
  Rajidae29717227
  Anacanthobatidae14123
 Myliobatiformes
  Plesiobatidae210
  Hexatrygonidae510
  Dasyatidae1619116
  Gymnuridae25140
  Myliobatidae127463
   Myliobatinae52253
   Rhinopterinae1580
   Mobulinae56130
  Urolophidae38303
  Potamotrygonidae492810
  Urotrygonidae23181
Holocephali
 Chimaeriformes
  Callorhinchidae1730
  Chimaeridae614114
  Rhinochimaeridae1290
Actinopteri
 Acipenseriformes
  Acipenseridae156260
  Polyodontidae1020
 Lepisosteiformes
  Lepisosteidae6070
 Amiiformes
  Amiidae1310
 Osteoglossiformes
  Osteoglossidae1361
  Arapaimidae1261
  Pantodontidae310
  Hiodontidae1020
  Notopteridae22100
  Mormyridae31921624
  Gymnarchidae110
 Elopiformes
  Elopidae1671
  Megalopidae1520
 Albuliformes
  Albulidae31133
   Albulinae28113
   Pterothrissinae320
 Notacanthiformes
  Halosauridae26160
  Notacanthidae35110
 Anguilliformes
  Protanguillidae111
  Anguillidae134182
  Heterenchelyidae1080
  Moringuidae46150
  Chlopsidae26220
  Myrocongridae551
  Muraenidae51519612
   Uropterygiinae60354
   Muraeninae4491618
  Synaphobranchidae64392
   Ilyophinae32260
   Synaphobranchinae28122
   Simenchelyinae410
  Ophichthidae57232938
   Myrophinae1026510
   Ophichthinae46426428
  Colocongridae10100
  Congridae3401977
   Congrinae1941136
   Bathymyrinae91500
   Heterocongrinae42341
  Muraenesocidae40150
  Derichthyidae730
  Nemichthyidae3190
  Serrivomeridae22100
  Nettastomatidae53430
 Saccopharyngiformes
  Cyematidae320
  Saccopharyngidae16100
  Eurypharyngidae610
  Monognathidae15150
 Clupeiformes
  Denticipitidae210
  Clupeidae5111941
  Dussumieriidae1693
  Engraulidae3131484
  Chirocentridae820
  Pristigasteridae91380
  Sundasalangidae770
 Gonorynchiformes
  Chanidae1910
  Gonorynchidae850
  Kneriidae31300
  Phractolaemidae310
 Cypriniformes
  Cyprinidae57043008338
   Acheilognathinae1197510
   Cultrinae000
   Cyprininae2025115399
   Barbinae1280
   Labeoninae70341667
   Squaliobarbinae000
   Tincinae1310
   Xenocypridinae31915413
   Gobioninae34020413
   Leuciscinae134057045
   Danioninae51133064
   ex-danioninae000
   No subfamily168140
   Alburninae1417324
   Leptobarbinae550
   Oxygastrinae110
  Psilorhynchidae292619
  Cobitidae39924954
   Botiinae94564
   Cobitinae30519350
  Balitoridae29523145
  Nemacheilidae802650159
  Serpenticobitidae330
  Vaillantellidae430
  Ellopostomatidae220
  Barbuccidae221
  Gyrinocheilidae530
  Catostomidae202831
 Characiformes
  Citharinidae1380
  Distichodontidae1371018
  Alestidae1821156
  Hepsetidae853
  Hemiodontidae45312
  Parodontidae45325
  Curimatidae1691057
  Prochilodontidae50210
  Anostomidae18814719
  Chilodontidae1081
  Erythrinidae33162
  Lebiasinidae927513
   Lebiasininae29299
   Pyrrhulininae63464
  Gasteropelecidae2190
  Ctenoluciidae1370
  Acestrorhynchidae33260
   Acestrorhynchinae21140
   Roestinae660
   Heterocharacinae660
  Cynodontidae1080
   Cynodontinae1080
  Serrasalmidae161886
  Characidae13401096223
   Stethaprioninae26192
   Aphyocharacinae42252
   Characinae1188921
   Tetragonopterinae17127
   Rhoadsiinae871
   Cheirodontinae806512
   Jupiaba clade29275
   Pristellinae34030772
   Astyanax clade20215435
   Acestrorhamphinae30243
   Nematobrycon clade000
   Gymnocharacinae1070
   Aphyoditeinae19180
   Stevardiinae36131859
   Pseudochalceinae861
  Bryconidae86492
   Bryconinae75451
   Salmininae1141
  Triportheidae34210
   Triportheinae28160
   Agoniatinae320
   Clupeacharacinae110
  Iguanodectidae33301
   Iguanodectinae13110
   Bryconops clade20191
  Chalceidae950
  Crenuchidae978811
   Crenuchinae330
   Characidiinae948511
 Siluriformes
  Diplomystidae1260
  Lacantuniidae110
  Ictaluridae137511
  Horabagridae1592
  Bagridae32320629
  Cranoglanididae730
  Austroglanididae330
  Siluridae173999
  Kryptoglanidae111
  Schilbeidae117613
  Pangasiidae52280
  Amblycipitidae42379
  Amphiliidae1189929
   Amphiliinae513811
   Leptoglaninae28289
   Doumeinae39339
  Akysidae66579
  Sisoridae25821870
   Sisorinae42306
   Glyptosterninae21618864
  Erethistidae504423
  Clariidae22312011
  Heteropneustidae941
  Claroteidae131925
   Claroteinae540
   Auchenoglanidinae000
  Chacidae741
  Olyridae852
  Malapteruridae27190
  Ariidae3431459
   Galeichthyinae841
   Ariinae3191378
   Bagreinae1640
  Anchariidae661
  Plotosidae82415
  Mochokidae26620917
   Chiloglanidinae67625
   Mochokinae19914712
  Doradidae1509315
   Wertheimerinae330
   Astrodoradinae16121
   Doradinae946210
  Auchenipteridae17211720
   Centromochlinae454412
   Auchenipterinae123738
  Pimelodidae19410919
  Pseudopimelodidae464011
  Heptapteridae29720815
  Cetopsidae50421
   Cetopsinae44381
   Helogeninae640
  Aspredinidae67403
  Nematogenyidae310
  Trichomycteridae32328370
   Sarcoglanidinae11113
   Trichomycterinae22820359
   Copionodontinae551
   Trichogeninae221
   Vandelliinae2090
   Stegophilinae31281
   Tridentinae770
   Glanapteryginae18185
  Callichthyidae27720512
   Callichthyinae50171
   Corydoradinae22718811
  Loricariidae1049912206
   Lithogeninae331
   Neoplecostominae575419
   Hypoptopomatinae15914760
   Loricariinae28623939
   Hypostominae23920133
   Ancistrinae29626052
   Delturinae871
  Scoloplacidae662
  Astroblepidae737116
 Gymnotiformes
  Sternopygidae46359
  Apteronotidae1009445
  Rhamphichthyidae22162
  Hypopomidae353115
  Gymnotidae47407
 Esociformes
  Esocidae3973
  Umbridae1770
 Osmeriformes
  Argentinidae37282
  Microstomatidae28211
  Bathylagidae36242
  Opisthoproctidae20196
  Alepocephalidae137962
  Platytroctidae49400
  Leptochilichthyidae430
  Lepidogalaxiidae110
  Osmeridae46140
  Plecoglossidae310
  Salangidae28180
  Retropinnidae1860
   Retropinninae1540
   Prototroctinae320
  Galaxiidae1356512
   Aplochitoninae640
   Galaxiinae1296112
 Salmoniformes
  Salmonidae76222616
   Coregoninae305860
   Thymallinae41153
   Salmoninae41312513
 Stomiiformes
  Gonostomatidae52330
  Sternoptychidae98762
   Maurolicinae37321
   Sternoptychinae61441
  Phosichthyidae31240
  Stomiidae42330115
   Chauliodontinae1790
   Stomiinae30110
   Astronesthinae84601
   Melanostomiinae26220410
   Malacosteinae19144
   Idiacanthinae1130
 Ateleopodiformes
  Ateleopodidae17131
 Aulopiformes
  Aulopidae19123
  Chlorophthalmidae23202
  Paraulopidae15143
  Ipnopidae46330
  Bathysauroididae110
  Scopelarchidae25180
  Notosudidae17170
  Giganturidae620
  Synodontidae1437415
   Synodontinae1004913
   Harpadontinae43252
  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
  Muraenolepididae984
  Bregmacerotidae18140
  Euclichthyidae110
  Macrouridae48840717
   Bathygadinae30270
   Macrouroidinae320
   Trachyrincinae870
   Macrourinae44637117
  Moridae1561070
  Melanonidae520
  Gadidae116230
  Lotidae87220
  Phycidae43110
  Merlucciidae52211
   Merlucciinae50201
   Steindachneriinae110
 Ophidiiformes
  Ophidiidae31826421
   Brotulinae1760
   Brotulotaeniinae440
   Ophidiinae84658
   Neobythitinae21218813
  Carapidae74352
   Carapinae67291
   Pyramodontinae650
   Tetragondacninae111
  Bythitidae22420962
   Bythitinae1069521
   Brosmophycinae11811441
  Aphyonidae26242
  Parabrotulidae430
 Batrachoidiformes
  Batrachoididae131844
   Porichthyinae18150
   Thalassophryninae16110
   Batrachoidinae34240
   Halophryninae56344
 Lophiiformes
  Lophiidae59294
  Antennariidae173515
  Tetrabrachiidae221
  Lophichthyidae110
  Brachionichthyidae161410
  Chaunacidae272510
  Ogcocephalidae1067510
  Caulophrynidae1050
  Neoceratiidae110
  Melanocetidae2560
  Himantolophidae29222
  Diceratiidae760
  Oneirodidae125686
  Thaumatichthyidae980
  Centrophrynidae110
  Ceratiidae2140
  Gigantactinidae28230
  Linophrynidae48270
 Gobiesociformes
  Gobiesocidae26516515
   Gobiesocinae25115413
   Cheilobranchinae14112
 Atheriniformes
  Atherinidae141756
   Atherinomorinae58334
   Craterocephalinae32271
   Atherininae50140
   Bleheratherininae111
  Bedotiidae16162
  Melanotaeniidae12810331
  Pseudomugilidae21180
  Atherinopsidae1881090
   Atherinopsinae76290
   Menidiinae112800
  Notocheiridae210
  Isonidae550
  Telmatherinidae18181
  Dentatherinidae110
  Phallostethidae26232
 Cyprinodontiformes
  Aplocheilidae31144
  Nothobranchiidae38426949
  Rivulidae458415132
  Profundulidae1282
  Fundulidae103411
  Valenciidae331
  Goodeidae72481
   Empetrichthyinae1040
   Goodeinae62441
  Poeciliidae50936041
   Poeciliinae39427636
   Procatopodinae79625
   Aplocheilichthyinae36220
  Cyprinodontidae21913416
   Cubanichthyinae220
   Cyprinodontinae21713216
  Anablepidae27182
   Anablepinae26172
   Oxyzygonectinae110
 Beloniformes
  Scomberesocidae2150
  Belonidae156412
  Hemiramphidae132611
  Zenarchopteridae86616
  Exocoetidae169663
  Adrianichthyidae41379
   Oryziinae37339
   Adrianichthyinae440
 Stephanoberyciformes
  Stephanoberycidae540
  Hispidoberycidae110
  Melamphaidae766515
  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
  Zeidae1461
 Incertae sedis
  Elassomatidae871
 Gasterosteiformes
  Hypoptychidae420
  Gasterosteidae99191
  Aulorhynchidae210
  Indostomidae330
  Pegasidae1450
 Syngnathiformes
  Aulostomidae930
  Fistulariidae1440
  Centriscidae41120
   Macroramphosinae2880
   Centriscinae1340
  Solenostomidae1160
  Syngnathidae66634113
   Syngnathinae5442686
   Hippocampinae122737
 Synbranchiformes
  Synbranchidae62241
  Mastacembelidae1398514
  Chaudhuriidae10101
 Scorpaeniformes
  Sebastidae2121345
   Sebastinae2001241
   Sebastolobinae12104
  Setarchidae1560
  Neosebastidae20181
  Scorpaenidae37722820
   Scorpaeninae31919714
   Caracanthinae940
   Pteroinae48276
  Apistidae1230
  Tetrarogidae77400
  Synanceiidae72350
   Minoinae21120
   Choridactylinae23130
   Synanceiinae28100
  Eschmeyeridae110
  Perryenidae110
  Aploactinidae57496
  Pataecidae630
  Gnathanacanthidae410
  Congiopodidae1870
  Dactylopteridae2670
  Plectrogeniidae220
  Parabembridae220
  Bembridae990
  Triglidae2251264
  Peristediidae73454
  Hoplichthyidae17173
  Platycephalidae1538515
  Anoplopomatidae520
  Hexagrammidae33120
   Hexagramminae2560
   Pleurogramminae320
   Ophiodontinae210
   Oxylebiinae110
   Zaniolepidinae220
  Normanichthyidae110
  Rhamphocottidae110
  Ereuniidae330
  Bathylutichthyidae221
  Cottidae48026413
  Cottocomephoridae200
  Comephoridae220
  Abyssocottidae29240
  Hemitripteridae2280
  Psychrolutidae55382
  Agonidae88460
   Agoninae34150
   Anoplagoninae1040
   Bathyagoninae990
   Brachyopsinae1890
   Hypsagoninae1570
   Bothragoninae220
  Cyclopteridae50292
  Liparidae48042273
 Perciformes
  Centropomidae33120
  Ambassidae102504
  Percichthyidae96372
  Perciliidae320
  Howellidae990
  Lateolabracidae630
  Latidae27132
  Acropomatidae38321
  Moronidae3460
  Polyprionidae1840
  Dinopercidae420
  Serranidae111954639
   Serraninae166889
   Anthiadinae29621824
   Epinephelinae5752034
   Liopropomatinae000
   Grammistinae67352
  Ostracoberycidae430
  Symphysanodontidae15123
  Centrogenyidae310
  Pseudochromidae19115216
   Pseudochrominae1269615
   Pseudoplesiopinae28271
   Anisochrominae330
   Congrogadinae32240
   Assiculinae110
   Assiculoidinae110
  Grammatidae14131
  Callanthiidae17141
  Plesiopidae72501
   Plesiopinae48340
   Acanthoclininae24161
  Opistognathidae1058314
  Terapontidae115530
  Banjosidae210
  Kuhliidae37120
  Centrarchidae153384
  Percidae37623527
   Percinae36112
   Luciopercinae25100
   Etheostomatinae31121425
  Priacanthidae50190
  Apogonidae51235632
   Apogoninae48733331
   Pseudamiinae21201
   Amioidinae320
   Paxtoninae110
  Epigonidae504311
  Dinolestidae410
  Sillaginidae46343
  Malacanthidae68454
   Malacanthinae28162
   Latilinae40292
  Lactariidae310
  Scombropidae530
  Pomatomidae1310
  Rachycentridae1410
  Echeneidae6880
  Carangidae6651513
  Nematistiidae210
  Coryphaenidae4620
  Menidae210
  Leiognathidae97508
   Leiognathinae28131
   Gazzinae65377
  Bramidae51200
  Caristiidae201914
  Arripidae940
  Emmelichthyidae19181
  Lutjanidae3741094
  Caesionidae41233
  Lobotidae920
  Datnioididae850
  Hapalogenyidae1283
  Gerreidae109557
  Haemulidae3731351
   Haemulinae234920
   Plectorhinchinae129431
  Sparidae39814315
  Centracanthidae4290
  Lethrinidae138433
  Nemipteridae165694
  Sciaenidae5582922
  Polynemidae95422
  Mullidae1998821
  Pempheridae573910
  Glaucosomatidae740
  Leptobramidae310
  Bathyclupeidae992
  Toxotidae1380
  Dichistiidae520
  Kyphosidae129522
   Girellinae42190
   Kyphosinae53172
   Scorpidinae18110
   Microcanthinae1450
  Parascorpididae210
  Drepaneidae930
  Monodactylidae1560
  Chaetodontidae3051321
  Pomacanthidae178883
  Enoplosidae510
  Pentacerotidae20130
   Histiopterinae1070
   Pentacerotinae1060
  Polycentridae951
  Nandidae1064
  Badidae332913
  Pristolepididae1062
  Oplegnathidae1270
  Cirrhitidae65351
  Chironemidae960
  Aplodactylidae1350
  Cheilodactylidae51270
  Latridae2270
  Cepolidae45252
  Mugilidae303742
  Cichlidae22091681204
   Etroplinae20163
   Ptychochrominae19156
   Pseudocrenilabrinae1391110376
   Cichlinae776546118
  Embiotocidae54231
  Pomacentridae77339625
  Labridae148152946
  Odacidae33120
  Scaridae414993
   Scarinae314741
   Sparisomatinae94252
  Bathymasteridae770
  Zoarcidae40930435
   Gymnelinae63446
   Lycodinae31324125
   Lycozoarcinae210
   Zoarcinae1561
   Neozoarcinae13123
  Stichaeidae115704
   Stichaeinae21141
   Opisthocentrinae21120
   Lumpeninae26111
   Chirolophinae17120
   Xiphisterinae27192
   Azygopterinae220
  Cryptacanthodidae940
  Pholidae40160
  Anarhichadidae2250
  Ptilichthyidae110
  Zaproridae110
  Scytalinidae110
  Bovichtidae18110
  Pseudaphritidae410
  Eleginopsidae510
  Nototheniidae96591
   Pleuragrammatinae860
   Nototheniinae67360
   Trematominae21171
  Harpagiferidae12121
  Artedidraconidae423712
  Bathydraconidae19170
   Bathydraconinae15140
   Gymnodraconinae430
  Channichthyidae31262
  Chiasmodontidae433218
  Champsodontidae16130
  Trichodontidae620
  Ammodytidae45339
  Trachinidae2090
  Uranoscopidae77532
  Trichonotidae12101
  Creediidae22182
  Leptoscopidae1150
  Percophidae60514
   Percophinae110
   Bembropinae30240
   Hemerocoetinae29264
  Pinguipedidae1368831
  Cheimarrichthyidae110
  Pholidichthyidae320
  Tripterygiidae21917718
   Notoclininae330
   Tripterygiinae21517418
  Labrisomidae18412811
  Clinidae169873
  Chaenopsidae103906
  Dactyloscopidae58480
  Blenniidae84940511
   Blenniinae197965
   Salariinae6173096
  Icosteidae310
  Callionymidae2881939
  Draconettidae18141
  Rhyacichthyidae730
  Odontobutidae32231
  Eleotridae34817217
   Butinae87442
   Eleotrinae24312312
   Milyeringinae653
  Thalasseleotrididae330
  Gobiidae27291773300
   Sicydiinae16012125
   Gobionellinae66941745
   Oxudercinae119412
   Amblyopinae69322
   Gobiinae16831161226
  Kraemeriidae1280
  Microdesmidae1058911
   Microdesminae36331
   Ptereleotrinae685610
  Xenisthmidae17142
  Schindleriidae330
  Kurtidae820
  Ephippidae44150
  Scatophagidae1740
  Siganidae86311
  Luvaridae1110
  Zanclidae710
  Acanthuridae256841
  Scombrolabracidae110
  Sphyraenidae74272
  Gempylidae65261
  Trichiuridae84472
   Aphanopodinae24180
   Lepidopodinae32121
   Trichiurinae28171
  Scombridae193530
   Gasterochismatinae410
   Scombrinae189520
  Xiphiidae1010
  Istiophoridae6390
  Amarsipidae110
  Centrolophidae74311
  Nomeidae60170
  Ariommatidae1680
  Tetragonuridae430
  Stromateidae57171
  Anabantidae69310
  Osphronemidae17913018
   Macropodusinae12810517
   Luciocephalinae35191
   Osphroneminae940
   Belontiinae520
  Helostomatidae210
  Channidae100357
  Caproidae26183
 Pleuronectiformes
  Psettodidae730
  Citharidae1060
  Scophthalmidae3990
  Paralichthyidae1901091
  Bothidae2621691
  Achiropsettidae940
  Pleuronectidae2251054
   Poecilopsettinae26213
   Rhombosoleinae34200
   Pleuronectinae136631
   Paralichthodinae110
  Samaridae33284
  Achiridae66362
  Soleidae28117931
  Cynoglossidae2461458
   Symphurinae96796
   Cynoglossinae150662
 Tetraodontiformes
  Triacanthodidae30231
  Triacanthidae1770
  Balistidae187421
  Monacanthidae2931102
  Aracanidae26130
  Ostraciidae81270
  Triodontidae210
  Tetraodontidae3781945
  Diodontidae83180
  Molidae5140
Coelacanthi
 Coelacanthiformes
  Latimeriidae320
Dipneusti
 Ceratodontiformes
  Neoceratodontidae310
 Lepidosireniformes
  Lepidosirenidae410
  Protopteridae940
Totals58537336293917

Table 2. Number of fish species described from years 1996 through 2015
YearNew species described 
1996186 
1997267 
1998314 
1999295 
2000303 
2001441 
2002299 
2003313 
2004420 
2005472 
2006397 
2007416 
2008522 
2009295 
2010388 
2011366 
2012466 
2013433 
2014391 
2015243 
Total7227