Institute for Biodiversity Science and Sustainability
Online Version, Updated 5 October 2021

GENERA/SPECIES BY FAMILY/SUBFAMILY IN

Eschmeyer's Catalog of Fishes

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In 2021, there have been 298 new species described. In 2020, there were 359 new species added. The number of valid species of fishes is about 36,018. 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 5 October 2021 is 61,085, the number of valid genera is 5,212, and the number of valid species is 36,018, of which 18,185 are found in freshwater.

Copyright: , and , 2020.


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Table 1. Genera/Species of Fishes by Family/Subfamily through 2021
Class

 

Order

 

 

Family

 

 

 

Subfamily

Available GeneraValid GeneraGenera Last Ten Years (2012 - 2021)Available SpeciesValid SpeciesSpecies Last Ten Years (2012 - 2021)
ClassOrderFamilySubfamilyAvailable GeneraValid GeneraGenera Last Ten Years (2012 - 2021)Available SpeciesValid SpeciesSpecies Last Ten Years (2012 - 2021)
Myxini      
     Myxiniformes      
          Myxinidae19611038712
               Rubicundinae111440
               Eptatretinae101064549
               Myxininae84035293
Petromyzonti      
     Petromyzontiformes      
          Petromyzontidae1980102434
          Geotriidae9201430
          Mordaciidae210530
Elasmobranchii      
     Hexanchiformes      
          Hexanchidae6303050
          Chlamydoselachidae110220
     Heterodontiformes      
          Heterodontidae7101990
     Orectolobiformes      
          Rhincodontidae310510
          Parascylliidae4201080
          Brachaeluridae410420
          Orectolobidae43018120
          Hemiscylliidae32034171
          Stegostomatidae1101310
          Ginglymostomatidae4301741
     Lamniformes      
          Mitsukurinidae220410
          Carchariidae310920
          Odontaspididae110420
          Pseudocarchariidae110310
          Megachasmidae110110
          Alopiidae4101530
          Cetorhinidae5101610
          Lamnidae10303950
     Carcharhiniformes      
          Pentanchidae1580110917
          Scyliorhinidae141011037111
          Proscylliidae530860
          Pseudotriakidae331652
          Leptochariidae210210
          Triakidae269087471
               Triakinae163060351
               Galeorhininae106026120
          Hemigaleidae7401780
          Carcharhinidae39110187592
          Galeocerdonidae210910
          Sphyrnidae142025111
     Squaliformes      
          Dalatiidae147032101
          Etmopteridae84063527
          Somniosidae116036171
          Oxynotidae2101050
          Centrophoridae122047192
          Squalidae1120644011
     Echinorhiniformes      
          Echinorhinidae310520
     Pristiophoriformes      
          Pristiophoridae22013103
     Squatiniformes      
          Squatinidae41035222
     Torpediniformes      
          Platyrhinidae420751
          Narkidae85017100
          Narcinidae85049321
          Hypnidae210210
          Torpedinidae112050201
     Rhinopristiformes      
          Trygonorrhinidae3301380
          Rhinobatidae123159379
          Rhinidae53115114
          Glaucostegidae11016101
          Pristidae8202550
     Rajiformes      
          Rajidae321622871587
          Arhynchobatidae1614013711113
          Gurgesiellidae33021190
          Anacanthobatidae65117143
     Myliobatiformes      
          Zanobatidae110321
          Hexatrygonidae210510
          Dasyatidae351971789922
               Dasyatinae188271374
               Neotrygoninae220211710
               Urogymninae107560398
               Hypolophinae3201160
          Potamotrygonidae961634114
               Styracurinae111320
               Potamotrygoninae850603914
          Urotrygonidae22026181
          Gymnuridae61027132
          Plesiobatidae110210
          Urolophidae43135280
          Aetobatidae4101751
          Myliobatidae52040182
          Rhinopteridae3101580
          Mobulidae171062100
Holocephali      
     Chimaeriformes      
          Callorhinchidae3101730
          Chimaeridae52066457
          Rhinochimaeridae4301280
Cladistii      
     Polypteriformes      
          Polypteridae32024140
Actinopteri      
     Acipenseriformes      
          Acipenseridae2140159270
          Polyodontidae7201020
     Lepisosteiformes      
          Lepisosteidae6206070
     Amiiformes      
          Amiidae2101310
     Elopiformes      
          Elopidae7101670
          Megalopidae3101520
     Albuliformes      
          Albulidae123131130
               Albulinae91028110
               Pterothrissinae321320
     Notacanthiformes      
          Halosauridae43026160
          Notacanthidae114035110
     Anguilliformes      
          Protanguillidae111111
          Synaphobranchidae19120755113
               Simenchelyinae310410
               Ilyophinae1170433711
               Synaphobranchinae54028132
          Heterenchelyidae5201080
          Myrocongridae110661
          Muraenidae5216053522321
               Uropterygiinae85060360
               Muraeninae4411046918721
          Chlopsidae128029253
          Colocongridae210991
          Derichthyidae320730
          Ophichthidae12162460435552
               Myrophinae201521097016
               Ophichthinae10047249028536
          Muraenesocidae8503590
          Nettastomatidae126055462
          Congridae7232136622118
               Congrinae4923021413011
               Bathymyrinae177195555
               Heterocongrinae62044362
          Moringuidae132046150
          Nemichthyidae12303290
          Serrivomeridae62022100
          Anguillidae410134180
     Saccopharyngiformes      
          Cyematidae110110
          Monognathidae21016150
          Neocyematidae110110
          Eurypharyngidae610610
          Saccopharyngidae31016100
     Hiodontiformes      
          Hiodontidae6101020
     Osteoglossiformes      
          Pantodontidae110310
          Osteoglossidae5201361
          Arapaimidae6201251
          Notopteridae54022110
               Notopterinae3201780
               Xenomystinae220530
          Mormyridae2822132822724
          Gymnarchidae110110
     Clupeiformes      
          Denticipitidae310210
          Spratelloididae2201590
          Clupeidae935205061927
          Dussumieriidae62016113
          Engraulidae3516033417625
          Chirocentridae210820
          Pristigasteridae179093390
     Alepocephaliformes      
          Alepocephalidae522001431022
          Platytroctidae1913049400
     Gonorynchiformes      
          Chanidae4101910
          Gonorynchidae410950
          Kneriidae64031300
          Phractolaemidae110310
     Cypriniformes      
          Gyrinocheilidae210530
          Catostomidae34140202851
               Myxocyprininae110510
               Cycleptinae210320
               Ictiobinae6203380
               Catostominae25100160741
          Botiidae1081100625
               Leptobotiinae22047304
               Botiinae86153321
          Vaillantellidae110430
          Cobitidae4518234022760
          Barbuccidae110221
          Gastromyzontidae2619216813811
          Serpenticobitidae110330
          Balitoridae201611381027
          Ellopostomatidae110220
          Nemacheilidae774913932782220
          Paedocyprididae110330
          Psilorhynchidae210373215
          Cyprinidae2831562830011762232
               Labeoninae97521382051494
               Probarbinae220640
               Torinae2514139821722
               Smiliogastrinae51291372247149
               Cyprininae5333144422924
               Acrossocheilinae94086515
               Barbinae1810025414627
               Spinibarbinae22022154
               Schizothoracinae1450141765
               Schizopygopsinae105078392
          Sundadanionidae221991
          Danionidae7539057536361
               Chedrinae3717022313116
               Rasborinae1511017512417
               Danioninae201001499826
               Esominae31028102
          Leptobarbidae210750
          Xenocyprididae824403381575
          Tincidae1101310
          Acheilognathidae1063124818
          Gobionidae5428035522420
          Tanichthyidae110541
          Leuciscidae215902154968456
               Pseudaspininae93072212
               Laviniinae24110110471
               Plagopterinae107046160
               Leuciscinae8137270532242
               Phoxininae51040217
               Pogonichthyinae853105752574
     Characiformes      
          Citharinidae4301380
          Distichodontidae3516014410810
          Crenuchidae1811012111230
               Crenuchinae220330
               Characidiinae169011810930
          Alestidae322111851186
          Hepsetidae310863
          Tarumaniidae111111
          Erythrinidae83036193
          Parodontidae53045320
          Cynodontidae7301080
          Serrasalmidae2917017310014
               Colossomatinae7302491
               Myleinae1090453310
               Serrasalminae1250104583
          Hemiodontidae125047344
          Anostomidae2616219715019
          Chilodontidae4201080
          Curimatidae358017911714
          Prochilodontidae83049210
          Lebiasinidae117093757
               Lebiasininae33029295
               Pyrrhulininae84064462
          Ctenoluciidae6201370
          Chalceidae310950
          Triportheidae85034210
               Triportheinae31029170
               Agoniatinae110320
               Clupeacharacinae220220
          Gasteropelecidae5302190
          Bryconidae114089504
               Bryconinae103078464
               Salmininae1101140
          Iguanodectidae93041378
          Acestrorhynchidae148039313
               Acestrorhynchinae41022140
               Roestinae520660
               Heterocharacinae55011113
          Characidae217141814801234215
               Stethaprioninae75424730623128
               Characids incertae sedis1111051360
               Aphyoditeinae44010103
               Spintherobolinae330660
               Exodontinae530640
               Tetragonopterinae11018138
               Characinae2380124937
               Aphyocharacinae128041231
               Cheirodontinae21162826611
               Stevardiinae6245240236057
     Gymnotiformes      
          Apteronotidae211621069712
               Sternarchorhamphinae220220
               Apteronotinae191421049512
          Sternopygidae1160655524
          Gymnotidae320635018
               Electrophorinae110642
               Gymnotinae210574616
          Hypopomidae963383521
          Rhamphichthyidae85036283
     Siluriformes      
          Nematogenyidae110310
          Trichomycteridae61427397349102
               Copionodontinae220772
               Trichogeninae110331
               Trichomycterinae199628625385
               Microcambevinae22015157
               Glanapteryginae33011111
               Sarcoglanidinae55011113
               Tridentinae55111112
               Stegophilinae1611031280
               Vandelliinae84021101
          Callichthyidae238029522424
               Callichthyinae125050170
               Corydoradinae103024520724
          Loricariidae1631141911901023228
               Lithogeninae110330
               Delturinae520870
               Rhinelepinae730960
               Loricariinae4530030525634
               Hypoptopomatinae3731727025488
               Hypostominae664510593495104
          Scoloplacidae110661
          Astroblepidae610848224
          Diplomystidae3201371
          Cetopsidae115052442
               Cetopsinae94046402
               Helogeninae210640
          Chacidae310841
          Plotosidae2310083422
          Ailiidae127041251
          Horabagridae64018101
          Bagridae4019134122323
          Akysidae65067581
               Akysinae22040391
               Parakysinae43027190
          Amblycipitidae64047438
          Sisoridae4123035429977
               Sisorinae2312023519352
               Glyptosterninae1811011910625
          Pangasiidae84053291
          Siluridae281301761049
          Kryptoglanidae110110
          Aspredinidae22130774910
               Pseudobunocephalinae2201282
               Hoplomyzontinae44012113
               Aspredininae167053305
          Auchenipteridae4025418312720
               Centromochlinae974514913
               Auchenipterinae29180129787
          Doradidae44311152964
               Wertheimerinae330330
               Astrodoradinae118018150
               Doradinae30201130774
          Heptapteridae3223031223019
               Rhamdiinae10502051279
               Heptapterinae2218010710310
          Phreatobiidae110330
          Pimelodidae633001971167
          Pseudopimelodidae871595316
               Pseudopimelodinae43114136
               Batrochoglaninae440454010
          Clariidae261612271186
          Heteropneustidae310941
          Ariidae543423471555
               Galeichthyinae110840
               Ariinae443223231475
               Bagreinae9101640
          Anchariidae220660
          Austroglanididae110330
          Cranoglanididae310730
          Ictaluridae1970137510
          Lacantuniidae110110
          Amphiliidae1813012310612
               Amphiliinae420564510
               Leptoglaninae55028280
               Doumeinae96039332
          Malapteruridae32027190
          Mochokidae149028022413
               Chiloglanidinae440797512
               Mochokinae10502001491
          Claroteidae22120131851
               Claroteinae149091640
               Auchenoglanidinae83039201
          Schilbeidae125072350
     Lepidogalaxiiformes      
          Lepidogalaxiidae110110
     Argentiniformes      
          Argentinidae62038292
          Microstomatidae63029222
          Bathylagidae98036251
          Opisthoproctidae1310124234
     Galaxiiformes      
          Galaxiidae14701366613
               Aplochitoninae420640
               Galaxiinae10501306213
     Esociformes      
          Esocidae6103871
          Umbridae4301760
     Salmoniformes      
          Salmonidae3711077724718
               Coregoninae1130311924
               Thymallinae61045191
               Salmoninae207041813613
     Osmeriformes      
          Osmeridae106046150
          Plecoglossidae110310
          Salangidae118128180
          Retropinnidae5301870
               Retropinninae4201550
               Prototroctinae110320
     Stomiiformes      
          Gonostomatidae138053341
          Sternoptychidae1510099783
               Maurolicinae97038331
               Sternoptychinae63061452
          Phosichthyidae127031240
          Stomiidae8028144131925
               Chauliodontinae3101790
               Stomiinae71030110
               Astronesthinae136085611
               Melanostomiinae4816127922124
               Malacosteinae63019140
               Idiacanthinae3101130
     Ateleopodiformes      
          Ateleopodidae74018111
     Aulopiformes      
          Aulopidae54122155
          Chlorophthalmidae42026225
          Paraulopidae11015140
          Ipnopidae156045330
          Bathysauroididae110110
          Scopelarchidae85125180
          Notosudidae43017170
          Giganturidae310620
          Synodontidae2140148838
               Synodontinae1620106558
               Harpadontinae52042280
          Bathysauridae210520
          Paralepididae22120100719
          Anotopteridae210530
          Evermannellidae4301480
          Omosudidae110410
          Alepisauridae4101020
          Pseudotrichonotidae110442
     Myctophiformes      
          Neoscopelidae3301060
          Myctophidae623403952540
               Gymnoscopelinae106032190
               Notolychninae210110
               Lampanyctinae1690107740
               Diaphinae1130127810
               Myctophinae22150125790
     Lampriformes      
          Lampridae4111363
          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
          Lotidae11304850
          Gadidae32111115220
          Ranicipitidae210000
          Merlucciidae132043130
          Euclichthyidae110332
          Muraenolepididae220980
          Melanonidae210520
          Trachyrincidae7401190
          Moridae371911591093
          Macruronidae210620
          Lyconidae110320
          Bathygadidae42030270
          Steindachneriidae210110
          Macrouridae6427145837019
     Polymixiiformes      
          Polymixiidae31015111
     Beryciformes      
          Berycidae62016100
          Melamphaidae950867514
          Stephanoberycidae440540
          Hispidoberycidae110110
          Gibberichthyidae210320
          Rondeletiidae110220
          Barbourisiidae110110
          Cetomimidae1914032260
     Trachichthyiformes      
          Monocentridae420730
          Trachichthyidae128060482
          Anomalopidae7601191
          Diretmidae530540
          Anoplogastridae210420
     Holocentriformes      
          Holocentridae2580227907
               Holocentrinae1230134444
               Myripristinae135092463
     Ophidiiformes      
          Ophidiidae7651133427829
               Brotulinae2101870
               Brotulotaeniinae110440
               Ophidiinae128085658
               Neobythitinae6141122720221
          Carapidae238076362
               Carapinae195069302
               Pyramodontinae320650
               Tetragondacninae110110
          Bythitidae5936214512715
          Dinematichthyidae312601211171
     Batrachoidiformes      
          Batrachoididae34230131844
               Porichthyinae32018150
               Thalassophryninae32016110
               Batrachoidinae96034240
               Halophryninae1813056344
     Scombriformes      
          Amarsipidae110110
          Centrolophidae268074301
          Nomeidae153060170
          Tetragonuridae210430
          Ariommatidae2101680
          Stromateidae163056191
          Pomatomidae7101410
          Icosteidae310310
          Arripidae510940
          Chiasmodontidae114044361
          Scombridae42150195511
               Gasterochismatinae310410
               Scombrinae39140191501
          Caristiidae540201810
          Bramidae227051200
          Scombrolabracidae110110
          Gempylidae3416066262
          Trichiuridae1610082471
               Aphanopodinae22024180
               Lepidopodinae74030120
               Trichiurinae74028171
     Syngnathiformes      
          Pegasidae7201672
          Dactylopteridae10202670
          Mullidae186021110120
          Callionymidae4011229520112
          Draconettidae32019151
          Aulostomidae410930
          Fistulariidae4101440
          Centriscidae125041130
               Macroramphosinae8302890
               Centriscinae4201340
          Solenostomidae4101160
          Syngnathidae10760167932214
               Nerophinae2190118561
               Syngnathinae8651156026613
     Kurtiformes      
          Kurtidae110820
     Gobiiformes      
          Rhyacichthyidae420730
          Odontobutidae77133230
          Eleotridae7535235918920
               Butinae2310090471
               Eleotrinae5023225213717
               Milyeringinae220652
          Thalasseleotrididae220330
          Gobiidae4952581429261953334
               Sicydiinae239016411317
               Gobionellinae16073379449364
               Oxudercinae13100120442
               Amblyopinae2315271363
               Gobiinae276151917521267248
          Kraemeriidae5201290
          Microdesmidae271311129410
               Microdesminae75036331
               Ptereleotrinae208175619
          Xenisthmidae106119163
          Schindleriidae110885
     Synbranchiformes      
          Mastacembelidae1030146939
          Chaudhuriidae77111111
          Indostomidae110330
          Synbranchidae217165273
     Anabantiformes      
          Anabantidae74072343
          Helostomatidae110210
          Osphronemidae2914018413210
               Belontiinae110520
               Osphroneminae410840
               Luciocephalinae5401090
               Trichogastrinae8202791
               Macropodusinae11601321089
          Aenigmachannidae111222
          Channidae9201165619
          Nandidae2101071
          Badidae220383315
          Pristolepididae4101284
     Carangiformes      
          Latidae73027142
          Centropomidae21034131
          Lactariidae210310
          Sphyraenidae71074272
          Polynemidae108096420
          Psettodidae210730
          Citharidae10501160
          Scophthalmidae9303890
          Cyclopsettidae114062451
          Bothidae482002681685
          Paralichthyidae23100128640
          Pleuronectidae53240167631
               Atheresthinae110320
               Pleuronichthyinae3101080
               Microstominae9202390
               Hippoglossinae8601990
               Pleuronectinae3114084351
          Paralichthodidae110110
          Oncopteridae210110
          Rhombosoleidae118034201
          Achiropsettidae640940
          Achiridae146066351
          Samaridae44135303
          Poecilopsettidae63026210
          Soleidae673002811805
          Cynoglossidae273025716713
               Symphurinae1110102867
               Cynoglossinae1620155816
          Leptobramidae210320
          Toxotidae41016103
          Nematistiidae210210
          Menidae110210
          Xiphiidae210810
          Istiophoridae15506590
          Carangidae1093006671512
          Echeneidae9305080
          Rachycentridae3101410
          Coryphaenidae7104620
     Cichliformes      
          Cichlidae3412512622931729138
               Etroplinae63021160
               Ptychochrominae65020161
               Pseudocrenilabrinae22316471442113070
               Cichlinae105791980856767
          Pholidichthyidae210320
     Atheriniformes      
          Atherinidae22131140799
               Atherinomorinae85157379
               Atherininae85050140
               Craterocephalinae52032270
               Bleheratherininae110110
          Bedotiidae32016160
          Melanotaeniidae217013611233
          Pseudomugilidae53022191
          Telmatherinidae55018180
          Notocheiridae110210
          Isonidae310550
          Atherionidae110630
          Dentatherinidae110110
          Phallostethidae124026232
          Atherinopsidae561301931083
               Atherinopsinae206079291
               Menidiinae3670114792
     Cyprinodontiformes      
          Aplocheilidae42033160
          Nothobranchiidae3614442130757
          Rivulidae54393519468123
               Rivulinae3024030628273
               Kryptolebiatinae2101270
               Cynolebiinae2214320117950
          Pantanodontidae110320
          Fundulidae1431103420
          Cyprinodontidae151021411034
               Cubanichthyinae321330
               Cyprinodontinae106073542
               Orestiinae22165462
          Profundulidae22015124
          Goodeidae2519074472
               Empetrichthyinae2201040
               Goodeinae2317064432
          Fluviphylacidae210772
          Poeciliidae782713922756
               Xenodexiinae110110
               Tomeurinae110110
               Poeciliinae762513902736
          Anablepidae73029193
               Anablepinae62028183
               Oxyzygonectinae110110
          Aphaniidae1183844210
          Valenciidae110331
          Procatopodidae171401148112
               Aplocheilichthyinae110410
               Procatopodinae161301108012
     Beloniformes      
          Scomberesocidae6202150
          Belonidae21100153441
          Hemiramphidae1680133610
          Zenarchopteridae85088638
          Exocoetidae2271176748
          Adrianichthyidae42044398
               Oryziinae31040358
               Adrianichthyinae110440
     Mugiliformes      
          Mugilidae46264304802
     Gobiesociformes      
          Gobiesocidae7552628618831
               Diplocrepinae110110
               Lepadogastrinae126070257
               Chorisochisminae320520
               Haplocylicinae440440
               Protogobiesocinae331874
               Cheilobranchinae76224213
               Trachelochisminae320952
               Diademichthyinae17163383511
               Gobiesocinae1980116794
     Blenniiformes      
          Tripterygiidae3729022518316
               Notoclininae220330
               Tripterygiinae3527022118016
          Labrisomidae431601881305
          Clinidae45260172872
          Chaenopsidae20130107935
          Dactyloscopidae179058480
          Blenniidae1235818474058
               Blenniinae39161199963
               Salariinae834206213095
     Acanthuriformes      
          Lobotidae43029151
          Pomacanthidae1970179902
          Drepaneidae510930
          Chaetodontidae531203051345
          Ephippidae108044150
          Leiognathidae15101100533
               Leiognathinae62028120
               Gazzinae98168413
          Scatophagidae5201730
          Antigoniidae31023181
          Siganidae91086321
          Caproidae210410
          Luvaridae6101110
          Zanclidae310710
          Acanthuridae3660257851
     Lophiiformes      
          Lophiidae94058301
          Antennariidae32151175524
          Tetrabrachiidae220220
          Lophichthyidae110110
          Brachionichthyidae55016140
          Chaunacidae320312913
          Ogcocephalidae151001209017
          Caulophrynidae3201050
          Neoceratiidae110110
          Melanocetidae3102560
          Himantolophidae61029220
          Diceratiidae520871
          Oneirodidae20160128717
          Thaumatichthyidae4201091
          Centrophrynidae110110
          Ceratiidae11202140
          Gigantactinidae42029241
          Linophrynidae145048270
     Tetraodontiformes      
          Triacanthodidae1211031241
          Triacanthidae4401770
          Triodontidae110210
          Molidae17305251
          Diodontidae157083190
          Tetraodontidae852813911939
          Aracanidae126026130
          Ostraciidae136081240
          Monacanthidae502702981080
          Balistidae27120187411
     Centrarchiformes      
          Percichthyidae207059233
          Perciliidae110320
          Terapontidae29150121618
          Kuhliidae71037120
          Dichistiidae310520
          Oplegnathidae4101270
          Kyphosidae133056142
          Girellidae182042200
          Scorpididae104017110
          Microcanthidae10401460
          Parascorpididae210210
          Centrarchidae3680152384
               Centrarchinae126037120
               Lepominae2420115264
          Elassomatidae110870
          Enoplosidae110510
          Sinipercidae72028141
          Cirrhitidae1812065350
          Chironemidae210960
          Aplodactylidae5101350
          Cheilodactylidae310420
          Latridae209169320
          "Percalates-clade"1101020
     Acropomatiformes      
          Leptoscopidae3301150
          Champsodontidae21016130
          Hemerocoetidae128030274
          Creediidae88022181
          Glaucosomatidae410740
          Pempheridae720988551
          Lateolabracidae210530
          Synagropidae74220177
          Dinolestidae310410
          Malakichthyidae52017152
          Polyprionidae5202140
          Bathyclupeidae22110103
          Banjosidae210533
          Pentacerotidae187020130
               Histiopterinae13601070
               Pentacerotinae5101060
          Ostracoberycidae110430
          Epigonidae1660564713
          Symphysanodontidae42116131
          Howellidae6301090
          Scombropidae310530
          Acropomatidae52016137
     Perciformes *sedis mutabilis*      
          Ambassidae2370102544
          Moronidae6203460
          Dinopercidae220420
          Serranidae171712116459873
               Serraninae2812018310221
               Anthiadinae6329232924737
               Epinephelinae541705541898
               Liopropomatinae94044375
               Grammistinae136042182
               Diploprioninae330850
          Caesioscorpididae110110
          Hemilutjanidae210110
          Centrogenyidae410310
          Pseudochromidae442401931557
               Pseudochrominae1880128997
               Pseudoplesiopinae75028270
               Anisochrominae110330
               Congrogadinae168032240
               Assiculinae110110
               Assiculoidinae110110
          Grammatidae22019185
          Callanthiidae62022184
          Plesiopidae2312073512
               Plesiopinae147048340
               Acanthoclininae95025172
          Opistognathidae10411128910
          Priacanthidae64050210
          Apogonidae7140452738531
               Apogoninae6034449835827
               Pseudamiinae73024234
               Amioidinae320330
               Paxtoninae110110
          Sillaginidae75149384
          Malacanthidae52029161
          Latilidae73041303
          Emmelichthyidae53019181
          Lutjanidae692104171387
               Apsilinae84017131
               Etelinae235053211
               Paradicichthyinae420620
               Lutjaninae331003201025
          Gerreidae1971111542
          Haemulidae562113841365
               Haemulinae44171237943
               Plectorhinchinae1240133422
          Sparidae8939143816413
          Lethrinidae1150143434
               Lethrininae510110281
               Monotaxinae64033153
          Nemipteridae21501757510
          Sciaenidae12968256329713
          Monodactylidae8201660
          Polycentridae540951
          Cepolidae1030664522
               Cepolinae4202890
               Owstoniinae610383622
     Perciformes      
          Percidae8310138324214
               Percinae103035100
               Luciopercinae163025100
               Etheostomatinae574131822214
          Niphonidae110110
          Embiotocidae2713054230
          Pomacentridae8229079642338
               Microspathodontinae1990139690
               Chrominae244018212213
               Glyphisodontinae51056211
               Pomacentrinae3215039921124
          Labridae170682151656454
          Odacidae98033120
          Scaridae281004131001
               Scarinae1850313750
               Sparisomatinae105094251
          Zoarcidae9259340730918
               Lycodinae664223162469
               Lycozoarcinae110210
               Zoarcinae2101560
               Gymnelinae2315171569
          Anarhichadidae3202250
          Neozoarcidae22010100
          Eulophiidae330541
          Stichaeidae2816058391
               Stichaeinae106021140
               Chirolophinae94017120
               Alectriinae220771
               Xiphisterinae7401260
          Lumpenidae128026110
          Opisthocentridae96021120
          Pholidae144040150
               Pholinae101030110
               Apodichthyinae4301040
          Ptilichthyidae110110
          Zaproridae110110
          Cryptacanthodidae610940
          Cebidichthyidae430861
          Scytalinidae210110
          Bathymasteridae330770
          Percophidae110110
          Bovichtidae43018120
          Pseudaphritidae310410
          Eleginopidae210510
          Nototheniidae2015096590
               Pleuragrammatinae640860
               Nototheniinae107067370
               Trematominae44021160
          Harpagiferidae11012120
          Artedidraconidae440433610
          Bathydraconidae1211019170
               Bathydraconinae98015140
               Gymnodraconinae330430
          Channichthyidae1311030210
          Trichodontidae320620
          Ammodytidae107047358
          Trachinidae4202190
          Uranoscopidae197084608
          Trichonotidae31012101
          Pinguipedidae167014810023
          Cheimarrichthyidae110110
          Bembropidae52030240
          Sebastidae31702141342
               Sebastinae27402011242
               Sebastolobinae43012100
          Setarchidae84017102
          Neosebastidae52020180
          Plectrogeniidae220551
          Scorpaenidae6225038123322
               Scorpaeninae4219032120015
               Caracanthinae610940
               Pteroinae145050297
          Apistidae8301230
          Tetrarogidae2717080433
          Synanceiidae289076384
               Minoinae51024153
               Choridactylinae62023120
               Synanceiinae176029111
          Eschmeyeridae110110
          Perryenidae110110
          Aploactinidae2417058503
          Pataecidae330630
          Gnathanacanthidae310410
          Congiopodidae3101650
          Zanclorhynchidae220634
          Bembridae44012123
          Triglidae398022813210
          Peristediidae156076455
          Hoplichthyidae51017173
          Platycephalidae35181155869
          Normanichthyidae110110
          Hypoptychidae320420
          Gasterosteidae1550100202
          Aulorhynchidae210210
          Anoplopomatidae520520
          Zaniolepididae210220
          Hexagrammidae164031100
               Hexagramminae11102560
               Pleurogramminae210320
               Ophiodontinae210210
               Oxylebiinae110110
          Rhamphocottidae110110
          Ereuniidae220330
          Bathylutichthyidae110221
          Cottidae1467505182948
          Hemitripteridae7302280
          Psychrolutidae179055370
          Agonidae4621088490
               Agoninae196034150
               Anoplagoninae5201050
               Bathyagoninae630990
               Brachyopsinae106018110
               Hypsagoninae5301570
               Bothragoninae110220
          Cyclopteridae176353325
               Cyclopterinae210910
               Liparopsinae510510
               Eumicrotreminae104339305
          Liparidae5732251344477
Coelacanthi      
     Coelacanthiformes      
          Latimeriidae210320
Dipneusti      
     Ceratodontiformes      
          Neoceratodontidae210310
          Lepidosirenidae210410
          Protopteridae310940
Totals10492521225661085360184080

Table 2. Number of fish species described from years 2002 through 2021
YearNew species describedNew freshwater species
2002308165
2003314214
2004424239
2005470330
2006397248
2007420249
2008523303
2009295185
2010388258
2011370241
2012468256
2013432283
2014394271
2015436246
2016451256
2017472313
2018417262
2019353204
2020359217
2021298145
Total79894885