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New FishBase feature: Upload images to FishBase

Sunday, October 7th, 2007

FishBase contains presently about 44,500 images showing about 15,000 species. This is more species than in any similar information service. Nevertheless, there are more than 30,000 species of fish in the world, so images are missing for about half of the species.

FishBase has a list of species for which images are missing: Missing photos

Many FishBase users want to contribute their own images. With these contributions we can certaintly come loser to a FishBase with images of all fish species.

As many have noticed, up to now it has not always been straightforward to add images to FishBase. It often takes a while before they are displayed. From now on, all and everyone can easily upload their images.

The service is so far available only on the US and Taiwanese servers, but expected to run on all servers during October, at the latest November.

Here is how to:

Alternative 1:

  1. Find the list of missing images (Missing photos)
  2. Click a name, e.g., Ammocryptocharax lateralis.
  3. The summary page displays. At the top there is a link “NEW! Upload your photos for this fish”. Click on it.
  4. A new page is shown with a form. Follow the instructions to find the image of Ammocryptocharax lateralis (or whichever species the summary page shows) on your harddrive, and complete the form with requested information. Click Submit, and you are done!

Alternative 2:

  1. Search for the species you are interested in from the FishBase search page (FishBase)
  2. Proceed with 3-4 above

Alternative 3:

  1. Search for the species you are interested in from the FishBase search page (FishBase)
  2. If the Summary page contains an image (top right), click on it, to take you to the thumbnail page
  3. On the thumbnail page there is a link “NEW! Upload your photos for this fish”. Click on it if you have photos of your own to contribute.
  4. Proceed with 4 above.

Within at the most a few days your image will show on the thumbnail page or the summary page.