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Ichthyological Bulletin
J.L.B. Smith Institute of Ichthyology
ISSN: 0073-4381
No. 66, 1997
Bioline Code: fb97001
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
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Ichthyological Bulletin, No. 66, 1997

 en A revised checklist of the epipelagic and shore fishes of the Chagos Archipelago, central Indian Ocean
Richard Winterbottom and R. Charles Anderson


A recent (Feb.-Mar., 1996) trip to the Chagos Archipelago, central Indian Ocean, by one of us (RCA) resulted in 51 new records of fishes for the islands. In addition, another 29 new records were discovered either in the collections of the National Museum of Natural History at the Smithsonian Institution, or were gleaned from the literature. In total, 80 new records for Chagos are reported here. The checklist by Winterbottom et al. (1989) recorded 703 species from Chagos, that total is raised to 773 species. Eighty-nine changes in nomenclature from that used in the 1989 list are documented. Three geographic localities (Indo-Pacific, Indo-west Pacific and marginally on the Pacific plate, and Indo-west Pacific) account for just over 80% of the fish fauna. The five most speciose families (numbers of species in parentheses) are the Gobiidae (98), Labridae (63), Serranidae (50), Muraenidae (41) and Pomacentridae (38), and these together account for 38% of the total fish fauna.

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