FishBase is an online database of information and images of over 32,700 species of fish, 302,100 names, 53,400 images, 49,500 references and 2,090 partners. The side with an average of 30 million hits per month is offered free of charge and has for years been the largest biological database in the world. It can also be purchased on CD- ROM. The "Partner" set free pictures and videos available, but retain the copyright. Many data can be plotted against each other from any browser, entries, of which the geographical coordinates are known, are presented as interactive maps. A determination key, and several teaching projects are involved.

Origin of FishBase

The first versions of a computer-based fish database and determination help with pictures ( imageSYS ) developed in 1985 in Fisheries Biology Department of the Institute of Marine Science in Kiel, where the directors Gotthilf Hempel and Walter Nellen generous einwarben computers and programs.

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The fish larvae identification key from Hans Wilhelm half iron was incorporated by Wolfgang Schoefer. One of the students, Rainer Froese, vision spurred further and founded in Manila along with Daniel Pauly, the first supported version. Anyone can submit images and data, on acceptance and determination, however, decide biologists. Today FishBase has many permanent, salaried employees and the headquarters has now returned to Kiel. The Bernd Ueberschaer launched in 1998 LarvalBase project has been integrated. FishBase was in the 2001 at Rutgers University, Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences, launched in 1998 by Frederick Grassle Karen Stocks in the Internet global OBIS (Ocean Biogeographic Information System with 5253721 sites, 50 932 scientific names, 38 012 species from 25 sources ) integrated in the clicked on a world map and so access to all the living there ( yet integrated ) marine organisms can be obtained.


Visions of OBIS are that live insights into the ocean via webcams and underwater microscopes ( EcoScope ) be integrated in order to determine the species occurring in the region interactively. Initial attempts to run the project LEO15 before Atlantic City and Expert servers to species level, eg Black Grouper with recorded in situ reference images and videos. For some key ways the possibility should be created interactively einzublicken with a so-called virtual microscope in the microstructures of morphology ( virtual dissection down to electron microscopic resolution ) as it is already available in a test version on krill having to kill without an animal.