Common and Scientific Names of Fishes from the United States, Canada, and Mexico, 8th edition


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Committee on Names of Fishes, a joint committee of the

American Fisheries Society and the

American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists

Lawrence M. Page, Chair
Katherine E. Bemis, Thomas E. Dowling, Héctor S. Espinosa-Pérez, Lloyd T. Findley, Carter R. Gilbert, Karsten E. Hartel, Robert N. Lea, Nicholas E. Mandrak, Margaret A. Neighbors, Juan J. Schmitter-Soto, and H. J. Walker, Jr.



435 pages, hardcover, index

ISBN 978-1-934874-69-1

AFS Stock 51037C

Special Publication 37

Published September 2023


This authoritative reference provides an up-to-date checklist of common and scientific names for all described and taxonomi­cally valid fish species living in freshwaters and marine waters of North America. This eighth edition reflects taxonomic changes that have occurred since 2013 and is expanded geographically to include all species found within the exclusive economic zones of Canada, Mexico, and the United States. It includes names for 5,089 species and 333 families, an increase from 3,875 species and 260 fami­lies in the seventh edition. It also provides the rationale and methodology for com­mon name allocation and history of changes from the previous edition and includes English, French, and Spanish names. The publication was compiled in collaboration with the American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists.


Names of Fishes Committee | vii

List of Families | 1

Introduction | 9

Area of Coverage | 9

Order and Family Names | 10

Scientific and Common Names | 10

Principles Governing Selection of Common Names | 11

Relationship of Common and Scientific Names of Species | 14

Plan of the List | 14

Index | 15

Acknowledgments | 15

Table 1. Scientific Name, Occurrence, and Accepted Common Names | 35

Appendix 1. Changes from the Seventh Edition (2013) | 217

Appendix 2. Names Applied to Hybrid Fishes | 255

Appendix 3. Editions of the Names List in Chronological Order, and Edition of the World List | 257

Index | 259




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