FishBase, a database with key information on coral reef fishes uri icon


  • FishBase is a biological database with key information on more than 15,000 finfishes, including most coral reef species. In addition to current nomenclature, FishBase contains information on, e.g., maximum size and age, growth, length-weight relationship, reproduction, diet, predators, occurrence, preferred habitats and depth ranges. Most reef fishes are represented by color photos, and a Quick Identification routine based on dorsal and anal fin ray counts helps with identification. A FishWatcher module lets users create their personal or institutional database on fish encounters while maintaining a link to the full information in FishBase. A National Checklist module lets users create a fish biodiversity database for their country, through which they can keep track of distributional ranges within the country, existing regulations, common uses, etc.; again, all related information in FishBase is just a mouse-click away. The FishWatcher and the National Checklist modules can also be used to contribute information to the global version of the database. FishBase is developed and maintained by the International Center for Living Aquatic Resources Management (ICLARM}, in collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and many other partners, with support from the European Commission (EC). FishBase is available on CD-ROM for US$95. It is based on the Microsoft Access relational database and runs under windows on personal computers with at least 8 megabytes of RAM

publication date

  • 2008