Checklist of the fishes of New Caledonia, and their distribution in the Southwest Pacific Ocean (Pisces): Fishes Checklist

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A checklist of the fishes of New Caledonia is presented. A total of 2328 species in 246 families have been recorded from the region. Eight of these species are not native, but have been introduced. Five fish families are represented only by introduced species. The native fish fauna of New Caledonia therefore consists of 2320 species in 241 families. The largest families are the Gobiidae, Labridae, Pomacentridae, Serranidae, Apogonidae, Blenniidae, Macrouridae, Myctophidae and Muraenidae. The freshwater fish fauna is dominated by the families Gobiidae, Eleotridae, Anguillidae and Mugilidae. A total of 61 species represent new records from New Caledonia.

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Fricke R, Kulbicki M, Wantiez L, Earl C (2023). Checklist of the fishes of New Caledonia, and their distribution in the Southwest Pacific Ocean (Pisces): Fishes Checklist. Version 2.0. OBIS Secretariat. Occurrence dataset. https://doi.org/10.25607/fq9y4b


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Ronald Fricke
  • Originator
Michel Kulbicki
  • Originator
Laurent Wantiez
  • Originator
Chandra Earl
  • Metadata Provider
  • Processor
eDNA Scientific Officer
OBIS Secretariat
  • Point Of Contact

Geographic Coverage

New Caledonia

Bounding Coordinates South West [-23.127, 162.726], North East [-17.899, 167.747]

Taxonomic Coverage


Superclass Agnatha
Unranked Chondrichthyes, Osteichthyes

Sampling Methods

No Description available

Method step description:

  1. See Github Project and R Notebook for dataset construction methods

Bibliographic Citations

  1. Fricke, Ronald & Kulbicki, Michel & Wantiez, Laurent. (2011). Checklist of the fishes of New Caledonia, and their distribution in the Southwest Pacific Ocean (Pisces). Stuttgarter Beiträge zur Naturkunde A Neue Serie. 4. 341-463.

Additional Metadata

marine, harvested by iOBIS

Purpose These data were made accessible through UNESCO's eDNA Expeditions project to mobilize available marine species and occurrence datasets from World Heritage Sites.
Alternative Identifiers 10.25607/fq9y4b