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FishBase is the world’s biggest encyclopedia about fish, freely available since 1988.

Our mission

FishBase is the world’s biggest encyclopedia about fish, freely available online. FishBase was founded in 1988, and its goals are to:

  • provide scientifically published information about fish
  • be a long-term deposit for information about fish
  • be a platform for information and education about fish and fishery
  • and to provide free and easily accessible information and analysis tools, with particular focus on users in developing countries.

FishBase is an international consortium with 13 member institutions, Sweden is represented in the consortium by the Swedish Museum of Natural History. The main office of FishBase is in Los Baños, Philippines.

Select publications produced by FishBase Sweden

Santos de Lucena CA, Kullander S, Norén M, Calegari B. Conjectures and refutations: Species diversity and phylogeny of Australoheros from coastal rivers of southern South America (Teleostei: Cichlidae). Plos one. 2022 Dec 9;17(12):e0261027.

Kullander S, Norén M. The real Devario browni from the Irrawaddy River basin, and the new Devario ahlanderi from the Salween River basin in Myanmar (Teleostei: Cyprinidae: Danioninae). Zootaxa. 2022 Feb 17;5100(1):54-72.

Rahman M, Noren M, Mollah AR, Kullander SO. Building a DNA barcode library for the freshwater fishes of Bangladesh. Scientific reports. 2019 Jun 28;9(1):1-0.

Kullander S, Noren M, Rahman MM, Mollah AR. Chameleonfishes in Bangladesh: hipshot taxonomy, sibling species, elusive species, and limits of species delimitation (Teleostei: Badidae). Zootaxa. 2019 Apr 17;4586(2):zootaxa-4586.

Norén M, Kullander S, Nydén T, Johansson P. Multiple origins of stone loach, Barbatula barbatula (Teleostei: Nemacheilidae), in Sweden based on mitochondrial DNA. Journal of Applied Ichthyology. 2018 Feb;34(1):58-65.

FishBase Sweden is

Michael Norén

Michael Norén | Curator

Temporary project leader

Andrea Hennyey | Senior assistant

Ann-Katrin Gustafsson  | Secretary

Sven Kullander | Professor emeritus

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The FishBase consortium comprises: WorldFish; Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations; Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle; Royal Museum for Central Africa, Tervuren; Aristotle University of Thessaloniki; Chinese Academy of Fishery Science; Universidade Federal de Sergipe; GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel; University of British Columbia; University of Western Australia; Quantitative Aquatics; The Swire Institute of Marine Science.

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