The World's Forgotten Fishes - 12

© Jeremy Shelton

2. DAZZLING DIVERSITY

Wonders of the wild:
Snorkelling near Cape
Town, South Africa

HR & credi

Buffalo fish migrating in Tennessee, USA

There are millions of rivers, lakes
and wetlands across the world,
and they boast their own distinct
and dynamic conditions. Many are
also completely isolated from each
other. Isolation and the complex web
of ecological niches in freshwater
ecosystems has led to the evolution
of a disproportionate number of
fish species relative to the total
area they inhabit7.

© Freshwaters Illustrated

This all adds up to perhaps the most
staggering - but little known -
fact about freshwater fishes: there
are more freshwater species than
saltwater ones. As surprising as it
may seem, freshwater fishes account
for more than half of all known fish
species - around 51 per cent. The
current total is 18,075, which also
amounts to around a quarter of all
the world's vertebrate species.
And they are extraordinary.
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