Fishbase for Africa



FishBase for Africa is a subset of FishBase with exclusively data on African fresh- and brackish water fishes. The information in this database is validated, revised and updated by the FishBase for Africa Team of the Royal Museum for Central Africa (RMCA) in Tervuren (Belgium).


Click here to enter FishBase for Africa.


The Ichthyology Unit of the RMCA has a more than a century long tradition in biodiversity studies on African fresh- and brackish water fishes. It curates by far the largest collection of African fresh- and brackish water fish species and also holds a unique library focused on the ichthyodiversity of Africa.

The RMCA is a founding member of the FishBase Consortium and has developed a comprehensive FishBase programme including:

  • the provision of high quality data on African fishes to scientists and decision makers in Africa by adding and verifying information on African fresh- and brackish water fishes in FishBase and FishBase for Africa;
  • an annual and comprehensive training session on the use of FishBase and the taxonomy of African fishes;
  • the assessment of the conservations status of African fish species for the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™, in close collaboration with IUCN.

The development of these activities within the museum is a major instrument to directly assist in a better conservation of the African ichthyodiversity and in sustainable management of fisheries.


Latest news

15/09/2017: From 04 to 08 September 2017, the Royal Museum for Central Africa organised and hosted the annual meeting of the FishBase Consortium. During this meeting, last year’s progress and the work plan for the coming year are discussed.



07/09/2017: On 05 September 2017 the Royal Museum for Central Africa organised the 15th FishBase Symposium. A pdf version of the Book of Abstracts can be requested via .

25/04/2016: and here it is: the call for applications for the second edition of the local 'FishBase and Fish Taxonomy' training session.

The training will held from 23-29 September 2016 in Nairobi and will be hosted by Mrs. Dorothy Wanja Nyingi of the National Museums of Kenya.

Don't forget to download and complete the application form! The application deadline is 30 June 2016.


21/04/2016: keep a close watch on this page because soon ...


... a new call for applications for the 2nd edition of the local 'FishBase and Fish Taxonomy' training session will appear here!


Two hints: Nairobi and September 2016. More information will follow shortly. 

21/04/2016: Tchalondawa Kisekelwa, a former FishBase trainee and member of the MbiSA Congo project, is the principal author of a publication describing a new species of elephantfish from the DR Congo: Marcusenius kaninginii.


Please contact him for more information on this new species.

08/03/2016:  the Rufford Foundation provides funding for small nature/biodiversity conservation projects and pilot programmes in developing countries. FishBase trainees Abebe Getahun (Ethiopia), Wilbert Kadye (Zimbabwe) and Mbalassa Mulongaibalu (DRC) succesfully completed fish conservation projects through a Rufford Foundation grant.