Vientiane, Lao PDR, 01 Aug 2009 - 31 Aug 2009
This issue of Catch and Culture is largely devoted to the hundreds of fish species found in the Mekong. Our lead article examines the considerable taxonomic work that has been done since the MRC Fisheries programme published the Mekong Fish Database in 2003.
With many changes to the classification of Mekong fishes and descriptions of at least 15 new inland species over the past six years, an updated count finds that the system has about 1,100 species including about 850 “freshwater” species known to scientists. This estimate includes some undescribed species as well as brackish water and “visitors”from marine or coastal waters.
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© Mekong River Commission 2009
Editor: Peter Starr
Design and cover illustration: Phannavanh Anoulack
The opinions and interpretation expressed within are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the views of the Mekong River Commission