State of research of the Osteichthyes fish related to coral reefs in the Honduran Caribbean with catalogued records

  • Anarda Isabel Salgado Ordoñez Museo de Historia Natural, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Honduras, Boulevard Suyapa 11101, Tegucigalpa, Francisco Morazán Honduras
  • Julio Enrique Mérida Colindres Museo de Historia Natural, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Honduras, Boulevard Suyapa 11101, Tegucigalpa, Francisco Morazán Honduras
  • Gustavo Adolfo Cruz Museo de Historia Natural, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Honduras, Boulevard Suyapa 11101, Tegucigalpa, Francisco Morazán Honduras
Keywords: Bleniidae, Chaenopsidae, Clinidae, fish database, Serranidae


Research on Honduran coral reef fish has been isolated and scattered. A list of fish species related to coral reefs was consolidated to establish a compiled database with updated taxonomy. The study was conducted between October 2017 and December 2018. Using primary and secondary sources, all potential species in the Western Atlantic were considered, and their actual presence was confirmed using catalogued records published in peer-reviewed journals that included Honduras. In addition, the specimens kept in the Museum of Natural History of Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Honduras were added. Once the list was consolidated, the taxonomic status of each species was updated based on recent literature. A total of 159 species and 76 genera were registered in 32 families. The family with the most species was Labrisomidae with 27 species (17%). Five families had more than five 5 genera registered, while four 4 were represented by more than 16 species, which is equivalent to 42% genera and 51% species. Gobiidae was represented by 10 genera (13%) and 21 species (13%), of which two 2 were endemic: Tigrigobius rubrigenis and Elacatinus lobeli. In turn, Grammatidae was represented by one endemic species Lipogramma idabeli (1.8%). The species Diodon holocanthus and Sphoeroides testudineus represent the first catalogued records for Honduras.


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Anarda Isabel Salgado Ordoñez, Museo de Historia Natural, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Honduras, Boulevard Suyapa 11101, Tegucigalpa, Francisco Morazán Honduras



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Salgado Ordoñez, A., Mérida Colindres, J., & Cruz, G. (2019). State of research of the Osteichthyes fish related to coral reefs in the Honduran Caribbean with catalogued records. Journal of Marine and Coastal Sciences, 11(2), 45-68.

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