Published on 30 December 2005
Little is known about the fish diversity of the Kerguelen and Crozet Islands. These islands are French overseas territories, belonging to the terres Australes et Antarctiques françaises, situated in the Indian sector of the Southern Ocean. Ichthyol-ogical surveys over many years have revealed 125 marine fish species, which range from the kelp belt of the coastal waters to the offshore pelagic layers, and five acclimatized, freshwater species, which occur in the inland drainage systems. The purpose of this guide is to improve our knowledge of these fishes. It is based primarily on the scientifically important fish collections of the National Museum of Natural History, Paris (MNHN), as well as on information derived from recent pure and fishery-applied research. Each species (including 17 new records) is described in detail, with original (where possible) drawings, photographs and figures.