The data presented on this website were published as a part of:

Daniel L. Rabosky*, Jonathan Chang*, Pascal O. Title*, Peter F. Cowman, Lauren Sallan, Matt Friedman, Kristin Kaschner, Cristina Garilao, Thomas J. Near, Marta Coll, Michael E. Alfaro* (2018). An inverse latitudinal gradient in speciation rate for marine fishes. Nature, 559(7714), 392–395 doi:10.1038/s41586-018-0273-1

Please cite this publication if you use any phylogenetic products derived from this website, including taxonomic resources and fossil calibration constraints. We have also released a set of enhanced ATA trees; the details on how these ATA distributions differ are detailed in Rabosky et al. 2018 update. The original set of ATA phylogenies are available via Dryad.

We also offer an R package that provides programmatic access to the data products on this website, fishtree, and can browse web documentation for fishtree here. If you use the R package, the citation for the R package and web API is:

Jonathan Chang, Daniel L. Rabosky, Stephen A. Smith, Michael E. Alfaro (2019). An R package and online resource for macroevolutionary studies using the ray‚Äźfinned fish tree of life. Methods in Ecology and Evolution, 10: 1118–1124 doi:10.1111/2041-210x.13182


For issues or feature requests for the website, please contact Jonathan Chang.

Significant contributors to this website and its data sources include:

Other critical contributors include:

Future updates

We are also interested in fixing any phylogenetic and taxonomic errors in a future revision of the Fish Tree of Life, especially rogue taxa that break the monophyly of well-studied lineages. Known issues include:

  • Total group Hippocampus age should be 11 Ma
  • Relationships within Cichlidae are not quite correct
  • Chlorurus gibbus has rogue behavior
  • Takifugu fasciatus is actually T. obscurus
  • Sister relationship of Salvelinus
  • Adding tip rate information for the following species:
    Species list
    • Acheilognathus tabira erythropterus
    • Acheilognathus tabira jordani
    • Acheilognathus tabira nakamurae
    • Acheilognathus tabira tohokuensis
    • Anguilla australis schmidtii
    • Anguilla bicolor pacifica
    • Aphanius dispar richardsoni
    • Aphredoderus gib
    • Arctogadus borisovi
    • Astronotus sp
    • Astyanax hubbsi
    • Astyanax sp
    • Cheilopogon antoncichi
    • Chirocentrus sp
    • Cobitis sp
    • Cyprinodon variegatus ovinus
    • Elacatinus digueti
    • Enigmapercis sp
    • Esox americanus vermiculatus
    • Etheostoma binotatum
    • Etheostoma mediae
    • Forbesichthys papilliferus
    • Glyptothorax longinema
    • Gobionotothen acuticeps
    • Gymnotus sp
    • Hemichromis sp
    • Hypostomus panamensis
    • Mastacembelus signatus
    • Mastacembelus stappersii
    • Melanotaenia splendida inornata
    • Melanotaenia splendida tatei
    • Mugil gyrans
    • Mugil soiuy
    • Paraneetroplus melanurus
    • Percina cf
    • Phoxinus lumaireul
    • Plecoglossus altivelis ryukyuensis
    • Pseudocrenilabrus sp
    • Pseudophoxinus chaignoni
    • Rhamdia cabrerae
    • Rutilus ohridanus
    • Rutilus prespensis
    • Salvelinus leucomaenis imbrius
    • Salvelinus leucomaenis pluvius
    • Sarcocheilichthys nigripinnis morii
    • Sarcocheilichthys sinensis fukiensis
    • Schizothorax yunnanensis paoshanensis
    • Schizothorax yunnanensis weiningensis
    • Scleromystax kronei
    • Simochromis pleurospilus
    • Takifugu fasciatus

If you identify any issues, please fill out this survey so we can collate all fixes for a future revision. Thanks!