Topical Issue on DNA Barcoding of Fishes


Fishes constitutes the most diverse group of vertebrates with ca. 30,000 species described so far from the deep seas up to the alpine rivers. Aside of marine fishes sustaining nearly 200 billion USD annual value of fisheries worldwide, exploitation of freshwater fishes has drastically increased during the last decade as a consequence of the fast development of the tropical aquarium fish trade. As a matter of fact, many fish species have become endangered due to their unsustainable exploitation. Species are the essential unit of conservation and management plan, however, due to their high diversity and drastic phenotypic changes during their ontogeny, fish identification to the species level is not easy task.

Given their high economic value, a global campaign to DNA barcode all fishes has been launched in 2005 with the aim to constitute DNA barcode reference libraries for all extent fish species from the seas to the continental waters. While ca. 10,000 fish species have been barcoded and the benefit of using a universal system of identification has been readily demonstrated, it becomes evident that the inventory of the world ichthyofauna is far from comprehensive and calls for a new approach of species identification in conservation and management. The objective of this Topical Issue in DNA Barcodes journal is to provide a tribune to the FISH-BOL community in order to illustrate the state of the art in the DNA barcoding of fishes.

All kinds of contributions including research papers, reviews, perspectives and short notes are welcomed.


Nicolas Hubert (Coordinating Editor)
Jean-Dominique Durand
Robert Hanner
Claudio Oliveira
Benjamin Victor
Martha Valdez Moreno


Cods for sale. Do we know what we are buying? by Christian Lambarri, Héctor Espinosa, Armando Martínez, Ariana Hernández

DNA barcoding increases resolution and changes structure in Canadian boreal shield lake food webs by Timothy J. Bartley, Heather E. Braid, Kevin S. McCann, Nigel P. Lester, Brian J. Shuter, Robert H. Hanner

DNA Barcoding, species delineation and taxonomy: a historical perspective by Nicolas Hubert, Robert Hanner

Extending DNA barcoding coverage for Lake Whitefish (Coregonus clupeaformis) across the three major basins of Lake Huron by Lauren M. Overdyk, Heather E. Braid, Stephen S. Crawford, Robert H. Hanner

An exploration of sufficient sampling effort to describe intraspecific DNA barcode haplotype diversity: examples from the ray-finned fishes (Chordata: Actinopterygii) by Jarrett D. Phillips, Rodger A. Gwiazdowski, Daniel Ashlock, Robert Hanner

Community engagement in seafood identification using DNA barcoding reveals market substitution in Canadian seafood by Amanda Madelaine Naaum, Robert Hanner

Standards for Conducting a DNA Barcoding Market Survey: Minimum Information and Best Practices by Amanda M. Naaum, Jason St.Jaques, Kimberly Warner, Linda Santschi, Ralph Imondi, Robert Hanner

Status of DNA Barcoding Coverage for the Tropical Western Atlantic Shorefishes and Reef Fishes by Benjamin C. Victor, Martha Valdez-Moreno, Lourdes Vásquez-Yeomans

A case study of the forensic application of DNA Barcoding to sharkfin identification in the Mexican Pacific by Héctor Espinosa*, Christian Lambarri, Armando Martínez, Andrea Jiménez

Molecular identification of Leporinus from the south portion of South America by Gleisy S. Avelino, Heraldo A. Britski, Fausto Foresti, Claudio Oliveira

Species delimitation in Neoplecostomus (Siluriformes: Loricariidae) using morphologic and genetic approaches by Fábio F. Roxo, Luz E. Ochoa, Guilherme J. Costa-Silva, Claudio Oliveira

Use of DNA barcode in the identification of fish species from Ribeira de Iguape Basin and coastal rivers from São Paulo State (Brazil) by Jefferson Monteiro Henriques, Guilherme José da Costa Silva, Fernando Yuldi Ashikaga, Robert Hanner, Fausto Foresti and Claudio Oliveira

Knodus moenkhausii (Characiformes: Characidae): one fish species, three hydrographic basinsa natural or anthropogenic phenomenon? by Camila da Silva de Souza, Claudio Oliveira, Luiz Henrique Garcia Pereira

A record of the Porbeagle, Lamna nasus, in coastal waters of Buenos Aires (Argentina) confirmed by DNA barcoding by Ezequiel Mabragańa, Luis O. Lucifora, Juan M. Díaz de Astarloa

DNA barcoding Indonesian freshwater fishes: challenges and prospects by Nicolas Hubert, Kadarusman, Arif Wibowo, Frédéric Busson, Domenico Caruso, Sri Sulandari, Nuna Nafiqoh, Laurent Pouyaud, Lukas Rüber, Jean-Christophe Avarre, Fabian Herder, Robert Hanner, Philippe Keith, Renny K. Hadiaty

Fishing for barcodes in the Torrent: from COI to complete mitogenomes on NGS platforms by Damien D. Hinsinger, Regis Debruyne, Maeva Thomas, Gaël P. J. Denys, Marion Mennesson, Jose Utge, Agnes Dettai

Adding nuclear rhodopsin data where mitochondrial COI indicates discrepancies – can this marker help to explain conflicts in cyprinids? by S. Behrens-Chapuis, F. Herder, H. R. Esmaeili, J. Freyhof, N. A. Hamidan, M. Ozuluğ, R. Šanda, M. F. Geiger