Published on 31 December 2003
This new re-examined and corrected fauna displays an up to date account of our knowledge on the systematics of the fresh and brackish water fishes of West Africa. Its aim is to help ichthyologists with the identification of the species they collect. Therefore, we have tried to make it practical and didactic by paying special attention to iconography and as far as possible by giving priority to the simplest and easiest observable criteria. We have called upon the specialists of each group or family to write the different chapters. To facilitate the access of this fauna, an English translation is provided for all text. Summary tables, comparing morphological characters and measures for the different species, complement the identification keys. Distribution maps are provided for freshwater species. At present, 64 families are described, including 192 genera and 584 valid species. A CD-Rom is inserted on the back cover of the 2nd volume.