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


--UPDATE: Deadline extended to 8 February--


The 2021 Annual Symposium of the Fisheries Society of the British Isles focuses on the functional role of fish and fisheries in aquatic ecosystems, at a time when the impact of man has never been so extensive. Topics range from the fundamental to the applied, from a small to a large scale, from the past to the future, provided that fish and fisheries take a prime role.

The Annual Symposium will be held online from Monday, July 5 until Thursday, July 8, 2021. See the FSBI website for more information.



The call for the third cohort of the One Planet Fellowship, offered by the African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD), is now open.

The call seeks applicants from Algeria, Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d'Ivoire, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Mali, Morocco, Nigeria, Senegal, Tanzania, Togo, and Zambia.

The deadline for applications is February 15, 2021.


The Royal Museum for Central Africa (RMCA) and the KU Leuven (Leuven University) jointly offer a full-time position (50 % workleader at the RMCA and 50 % tenure track professor at the KU Leuven): Eco-evolutionary relationships in African Cichlid radiations.

 For more details, see Vacancies (


FishBase and SeaLifeBase anniversary podcast

A limited series where the pioneers behind FishBase and SeaLifeBase talk about the mission of these online global biodiversity information systems.

Created to celebrate the 30th anniversary of FishBase and 15th anniversary of SeaLifeBase.



From 1 March to 21 May 2021 the RMCA organises its anual "FishBase and Fish Taxonomy" training, this time for 5 English- speaking, African scientists. 


The full call, including all details, and the application form are available on


The deadline for applications is 10 January 2021.


The annual meeting of the FishBase Consortium, reviewing last year's progress and discussing the new work plan, was held from 07 to 11 September 2020. Due to Covid-19 measures this was a virtual meeting, hosted by the University of British Columbia, which  required quite a bit of puzzling because of the many different time zones of the participants. Despite the succes of this event we hope to meet physically in Paris next year!