Re: NANFA-- Esox "lacustris"/official names

Christopher Scharpf (
Wed, 19 Jul 2000 12:24:31 -0400

>The American Fisheries Society has a Committee on Names of Fishes which
>oversees the publication "Common and Scientific Names of Fishes from the
>United States and Canada."

>Another reference frequently invoked : "The Native Freshwater Fishes of
>North America,"

Thanks, Jan. Both are excellent references which I neglected to mention in my
previous post because I thought Ty was asking for a "definitive" list of all
fish species, not just North American ones. Needless to say, both lists are now
out-of-date. I eagerly await the new AFS list, which I believe will be out in
2001 or 2002.

(Note, however, that the AFS does not list Mexican fishes, which the latter list

A good on-line list of North American fish species (last updated Aug. 1998) can
be found at the Texas Natural History Collection:

And a very good article on fish taxonomy written for aquarists is available at:

Chris Scharpf

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