Different Checklists by Country

For each country you can produce a variety of checklists

This routine produces the following checklists for any country:

  • all fishes so far assigned to the country;

  • all marine fishes so far assigned to the country;

  • all freshwater fishes so far assigned to the country;

  • all fishes that have been introduced to the country;

  • all endemic fishes of a country;

  • all fishes under threat (threatened) and assigned to the country;

  • all game fishes assigned to the country;

  • all fishes that are dangerous to humans and assigned to the country;

  • all aquaculture species assigned to the country;

  • all protected and restricted fishes assigned to the country;

  • all aquarium fishes assigned to the country;

  • all fishes of a family assigned to the country;

You can create fish statistics by country
  • finfish statistics, i.e., number of species in various categories; and

  • a preliminary list of fishes collected in the country and now stored in various museums.

The checklists were assembled from country (see COUNTRY table, this vol.) and species records (see SPECIES table) entered in FishBase. Country records indicate the presence of a species in a given country while species records provide information on the use of that species. Although country records do provide fields on the actual use of a species in that country, these may not necessarily be filled in for all species occurring in a given country. In such cases, the importance fields in the SPECIES table will have been filled in. Thus, lists such as fishes used for sport fishing, in the aquarium trade or in aquaculture may include species not presently used for these purposes in that country. Presence of a species in such a list only indicates potential and not current or actual use. Consult the Internet version of FishBase at www.fishbase.org to obtain updated information.

The checklists may be directed to the screen, printer or a text file. Printed and saved to file checklists include some information about the geography, climate, hydrology and environmental status of the country. Also, some statistics are presented on the number, type, use and knowledge of the fishes. There may also be remarks on the occurrence in the country, common uses, museum records, etc.

Species are arranged by Order and Family and include information on: maximum size; habitat; importance for fisheries, aquaculture, aquarium trade, sport fishing, or as bait; potential danger to humans; status of threat; and status of protection.

Screen outputs are interactive, i.e., double-clicking on a species will bring up more information and enable you to access any of the tables within FishBase.

How to get there

You get to any of the choices listed above by clicking on the Reports button of the Main Menu window and clicking on the Different Checklists by Country button of the PREDEFINED REPORTS window.


On the Internet, you can create similar lists in the section ‘Information by Country/Island’.