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Fishbase WWW, The Online Database of Fish Taxonomy and Occurrence
Entry ID: 01-FishBase-99
Abstract: (Summary adapted from the FishBase website)
The FishBase WWW is based on the 1995 version of the FishBase CD-ROM,
http://www.fishbase.org/home.htm produced by ICLARM in collaboration with the
FAO and funded by the EU. The WWW version, which was prepared by D. A. Gee of
the Species 2,000 Project, contains all records of fin fish species in the
FishBase CD-ROM but with only a limited set of ... information on each fish. The
FishBase CD version should be consulted for more detailed information on
distributions, ecology, population dynamics, reproduction, genetics, morphology
FishBase is a searchable database of finned fish taxonomy, occurrences, and
images. Users can query tables using a taxonomic chart or text string searches
to find pertinent information.
The "SPECIES" table is the backbone of FishBase, and has the scientific name as
the basic unit. Every bit of information in FishBase is attached directly or
indirectly to at least one species and it is through this table that all the
information is accessed. To date, the "SPECIES" table contains about half of
the estimated 25,000 recent fishes. However, the table already includes all
fish that are important to humans either as food, ornamental fish, sport or
bait fish, or because they are threatened by or dangerous to humans.
The "OCCURRENCES" table holds over 15,000 records for about 2,500 species drawn
from more than 100 references. It is planned to incorporate records from other
databases with occurrence records such as NAN-SIS (Strxmme 1992), TAIWAN (Shao
et al. 1992), and GICIM (Hureau 1991).
FishBase presently contains more than 3,500 "still" pictures. These pictures
consist of 467 family pictograms, 509 drawings of adult fish, 150 drawings of
fish larvae, 5 "plates" with fish eggs, 3 rather repulsive representations of
fish diseases, and over 2,300 scanned color photos or slides. Overall, only 30%
of the drawings are in color, due to the longer time required to "paint" color
pictures (only recently, color pictures and slides have been scanned).
Although all FishBase fish pictures are (or at least are meant to be)
taxonomically correct, they do vary in appearance and quality, due to the
different ways they were obtained.
The "GLOSSARY" table contains definitions of more than 1,000 terms related to
ichthyology, taxonomy, ecology, population dynamics, genetics, oceanography,
geography, and related disciplines. It is meant to help users in getting
acquainted with the terms and concepts used in the database. The complete
glossary may also be printed for educational or other purposes.
ISO Topic Category
Quality This site is best suited for scientists and researchers.
Diner, D.J., J.C. Beckert, T.H. Reilly, C.J. Bruegge, J.E. Conel, R. Kahn, J.V.
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Martonchik, J.V., D.J. Diner, B. Pinty, M.M. Verstraete, R.B. Myneni, Yu.
Knyazikhin, and H.R. Gordon (1988). Determination of land and ocean
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A complete list of references can be found on the MISR web site's Publications
Creation and Review Dates