Checklist and analysis of completeness of the reef fish fauna of the Revillagigedo Archipelago, Mexico: Fishes Checklist

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This paper presents an updated checklist of cartilaginous and bony fishes from the Revillagigedo Archipelago reefs and nearby areas (Tropical Eastern Pacific). To compile this list, we gathered data from field surveys between 1994 and 2015, from an exhaustive literature review, and by consulting museum collections and databases. With these records we estimated the completeness of the local fish inventory using four non-parametric rarefaction methods. We report a total of 389 species in 102 families; 235 of these are reef fish that occur in the Eastern but also in the Central Pacific, and 13 species were identified as endemic to the archipelago. A non-parametric statistical model predicts that the expected number of reef fish present at Revillagigedo should be 244.3 ± 3.2 species, which is 9 species more than the observed richness, and this difference was statistically significant (p = 0.02). That predictive model estimates that about 96% of the total richness of reef fish from the archipelago is known. Comparisons of the completeness of the inventory at Revillagigedo to that reported for the fish fauna of the Eastern Pacific and worldwide, showed that the quality of the sampling effort is remarkably high, in spite of the geographic isolation of the archipelago.

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Fourriére M, Reyes-Bonilla H, Ayala-Bocos A, Ketchum J, Chávez-Comparan J C, Earl C (2023). Checklist and analysis of completeness of the reef fish fauna of the Revillagigedo Archipelago, Mexico: Fishes Checklist. Version 2.0. OBIS Secretariat. Occurrence dataset. https://doi.org/10.25607/zevqp7


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Manon Fourriére
  • Originator
Universidad Autónoma de Baja California Sur
HÉctor Reyes-Bonilla
  • Originator
Universidad Autónoma de Baja California Sur
Arturo Ayala-Bocos
  • Originator
Ecosistemas y Conservación: Proazul Terrestre
James Ketchum
  • Originator
Juan Carlos Chávez-Comparan
  • Originator
Universidad de Colima
Chandra Earl
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eDNA Scientific Officer
OBIS Secretariat
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Geographic Coverage

Archipiélago de Revillagigedo

Bounding Coordinates South West [17.655, -115.471], North East [20.009, -110.078]

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. Fourriére M, Reyes-Bonilla H, Ayala-Bocos A, Ketchum JA, Chávez-Comparan JC. Checklist and analysis of completeness of the reef fish fauna of the Revillagigedo Archipelago, Mexico. Zootaxa. 2016 Aug 15;4150(4):436-66. https://doi.org/10.11646/zootaxa.4150.4.4

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/zevqp7