Checklist of British freshwater fishes

This is our recommended checklist for British freshwater fishes. It details the scientific and vernacular names of all fish species that have been reliably recorded from freshwater (incl. brackish water) habitats in Britain. A full taxonomic hierarchy and

This is a dynamic, maintained version of the list. The freshwater section is based upon a copy of the list that was supplied by Mark Hill and Henry Arnold on 18/08/04 and subsequently amended by John Tweddle.

This list contains 82 species

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Biological Records Centre
Last updated:
01 July 2005 
are different scientific names that pertain to the same taxon, for example two names for the same species. One basic principle of zoological nomenclature is that the earliest correctly published and available name (the senior synonym) takes precedence and must be used for the taxon, if no other restrictions interfere.
Common name:
A common name of an organism (also known as a vernacular name, colloquial name, trivial name, trivial epithet, country name, or farmer's name) is a name in general use within a community; it is often contrasted with a scientific name.
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