A checklist of described fishes with native range in Uganda

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This is a checklist from curating all existing databases and literature to create a list of all described fishes of Uganda

Data Records

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Researchers should cite this work as follows:

Musinguzi L, Natugonza V (2023): A checklist of described fishes with native range in Uganda. v1.2. National Fisheries Resources Research Institute. Dataset/Checklist.


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GBIF Registration

This resource has been registered with GBIF, and assigned the following GBIF UUID: 1efcfbd9-e77e-4671-b1e1-81e6559106dd.  National Fisheries Resources Research Institute publishes this resource, and is itself registered in GBIF as a data publisher endorsed by GBIF Uganda.


Checklist; Fish; Uganda


Vianny Natugonza
  • Originator
Senior Lecturer
Maritime Institute, Busitema University
Laban Musinguzi
  • Metadata Provider
  • Originator
  • User
  • Point Of Contact
Research Officer
National Fisheries Resources Research Institute
343 Jinja

Geographic Coverage

The dataset covers Uganda

Bounding Coordinates South West [-1.626, 29.377], North East [4.281, 35.09]

Taxonomic Coverage

Described fishes with a native range in Uganda

Project Data

This dataset was part of a project to advance access to quality freshwater data and information in Uganda by harnessing capacity in data mobilization, data available through GBIF and engagements with data user institutions. The goal was to advance utility of the data in conservation decision making, advocacy, education and reporting on biodiversity. Limited capacity of users to develop biodiversity information from primary biodiversity data, coupled with some deficiencies in data available through GBIF, is a main barrier to data use. This project worked to improve the quality of the data the National Fisheries Resources Research Institute (NaFIRRI) published through GBIF and used all the data available to develop freshwater biodiversity information to guide conservation planning. The quality of the occurrences were improved by linking them with abundance data and coordinates. Then, using all data available in GBIF, the project developed information products tailored to conservation planning. The information was envisaged to have a direct entry point into policies and practices of Uganda’s agricultural sector. The sector had been identified by the National Environmental Management Authority (NEMA) through a national biodiversity information Political and Economic Analysis (PEA), as the biggest sector threatening biodiversity. The information products developed were tailored to the information needs of the sector as defined in the PEA.

Title Advancing freshwater biodiversity data and information access, utility and relevance for conservation decision making in Uganda
Identifier BID-AF2020-145-USE
Funding The project was funded by European Union through the Biodiversity Information for Development (BID) programme of the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF). Co-funding was available from the JRS Biodiversity Foundation, Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences, and Government of Uganda

The personnel involved in the project:

Laban Musinguzi
  • Principal Investigator

Sampling Methods

The checklist is based on databases such as FishBase and literature

Study Extent The checklist presents described fish species in Uganda

Method step description:

  1. The checklist is based on databases such as FishBase and literature. A preliminary list of the fish species in Uganda was downloaded from FishBase, a global online database of fishes (Froese & Pauly, 2022). The taxonomic status of the names was checked using Eschmeyer’s Catalog of fishes (Fricke et al., 2022). More information was obtained from literature such as Decru et al. (2020).

Bibliographic Citations

  1. Decru, E., Vranken, N., Bragança, P. H., Snoeks, J., & Van Steenberge, M. (2020). Where ichthyofaunal provinces meet: The fish fauna of the Lake Edward system East Africa. Jounal of Fish Biology, 96(5), 1186–1201. https://doi. org/ 10. 1111/ jfb. 13992
  2. Fricke, R., Eschmeyer, W. N., & Van der Laan, R. (2022b). Eschmeyer’s Catalog of Fishes: Genera, species, references. Retrieved September 27, 2022, from https://resea rchar chive. calac ademy. org/ resea rch/ ichth yology/catal og/ fishc atmain. asp
  3. Froese, R., & Pauly, D. (2022). FishBase. World Wide Web electronic publication. Retrieved June 10, 2022, from https:// www.fishb ase. se/ Count ry/ Count ryChe cklist. php? showA ll= yes&what= list& trpp= 50&c_ code= 800& cpres ence= prese nt&sortby= alpha 2& ext_ CL= on& ext_ pic= on& vhabi tat= all2

Additional Metadata

Alternative Identifiers 1efcfbd9-e77e-4671-b1e1-81e6559106dd