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FishBase_liten_cmyk_SOK.pngFishBase is the world's largest, freely accessible, online database on fishes. It contains information on the more than 33.000 known fish species and can be consulted in different languages. FishBase includes data on the taxonomy, distribution, reproduction, morphology and behavior of fishes, as well as numerous practical tools for ichthyologists and fisheries biologists. The main goal of this database is to centralize information on fishes and to facilitate the transfer of this information to developing countries.

FishBaseForAfrica_Logo_mini_2.jpgFishBase is supported by a consortium that currently consists of ten international research institutions, including the Royal Museum for Central Africa (RMCA) as one of the founding members. The 'FishBase for Africa' team of the RMCA is responsible for validating and updating the information on the about 3.500 African fresh- and brackish water fish species in FishBase. This information is also integrated in FishBase for Africa (, a subset of FishBase with exclusively data on African fresh- and brackish water fishes.

Through an agreement with the Belgian Development Cooperation the RMCA each year offers five grants to African ichthyologists to attend the 'FishBase and Fish Taxonomy' training sesson at the RMCA.

In November 2015 the first edition of the 'Local FishBase and Fish Taxonomy' training session took place. This local training was the result of a collaboration between the RMCA and a FishBase alumnus of the Institut fondamental d'Afrique noire Cheikh Anta Diop (IFAN Ch. A. Diop), a research institute based at the Université Cheikh Anta Diop de Dakar (UCAD) in Senegal.

'FishBase for Africa' team 

The RMCA 'FishBase for Africa' team comprises following four ichthyologists:


Questions regarding our FishBase activities? Do not hesitate to contact the 'FishBase for Africa' team (

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