Useful Websites

Eschmeyer’s Catalog of Fishes is the authoritative reference for taxonomic fish names, featuring a searchable on-line database. This series serves to provide the most up-to-date taxonomic treatment of the families of recent fishes.

FishBase is a global species database of fish species, specifically finfish. It is the largest and most extensively accessed online database on adult finfish on the web.

GBIF—the Global Biodiversity Information Facility—is an international network and data infrastructure funded by the world’s governments and aimed at providing anyone, anywhere, open access to data about all types of life on Earth.

Plants of the World Online. Explore the data and resources for a wide range of plant and fungal information. Browse 1,192,000 global plant names, 100,400 detailed descriptions, and 263,600 images.

Checklist of the freshwater fishes of ColombiaThe present work is part of a process to create a Catalogue of the Freshwater Fishes of Colombia and consisted in the depuration and updating of the taxonomic and geographic components of the checklist of the freshwater fishes of Colombia.

An exhaustive revision of the 1435 species recorded in 2008 was necessary to:

  1. Add new species described since 2009 and species originally described from Colombia but inadvertently omitted in 2008;
  2. Add new records of already described species;
  3. Delete species whose presence in Colombia was not supported by voucher specimens in ichthyological collections; and
  4. Revise the geographic distribution of the species listed in 2008.

This process resulted in the following numbers:

  1. Total number of freshwater fish species in Colombia: 1494;
  2. Number of species recorded by hydrographic region – Amazon: 706, Orinoco: 663, Caribbean: 223, Magdalena-Cauca: 220, Pacific: 130; and
  3. Number of endemic species: 374 (76% from the trans-Andean region).

NCFishes.com – an independent project with the goal of collecting, photographing, and aiding in the identification of all known freshwater, and as many marine fishes as possible from the state of North Carolina.