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


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!


Celebrating the 30th anniversary of FishBase, Q-Quatics has released a video "FishBase and SeaLifeBase by the numbers" focussing on the wealth of data that feed the databases.



The study of length-weight relationships (LWRs) is an important approach that is widely applied in the management of fish populations. For the first time a study has now focussed on this relationship for fishes from the Congo River basin:

A. Ibala Zamba, E. Vreven, V. Mamonekene, T. Musschoot, H.F.P. Ngot  and J. Snoeks (2020)  Length‐weight relationships of 37 freshwater fish species from the Lefini river, middle Congo River basin (Republic of the Congo). Journal of Applied Ichthyology,


Another work highlights a new approach to gain these valuable data from museum collections:

A. Hay, W. Xian, N. Bailly, C. Liang and D. Pauly (2020) The why and how of determining length‐weight relationships of fish from preserved museum specimens. Journal of Applied Ichthyology,


The 2020 FishBase training started on Monday 02 Mars and will continue for 12 weeks until 22 May. Five candidates, coming from Senegal (2), Benin, Burkina Faso and DRC were selected out of more than 100 applications.


Different types of grants are available through TWAS

(The world academy of sciences for the advancement of science in developing countries).

For more info:

In addition a “Cooperation Visits Programme” exists for sub-Saharan scientists to go to an institute in Germany.