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Accessing data from FishBase using R

rfishbase is a package for interfacing with the database. It provides code to download and parse a local copy of fishbase, which can be used for rapid access for a variety of analysis functions.


rfishbase is available on CRAN and can be installed through the R package manager (see install.packages). The latest (development) version is hosted here on github, and can be installed using the devtools package:

install_github("rfishbase", "ropensci")

Getting started

rfishbase is developed by Carl Boettiger in collaboration with Duncan Temple Lang and Peter Wainwright, and is part of the rOpenSci project. This software, examples, and documentation are freely provided under the CC0 license.

A preprint of our manuscript introducing the package can be found in the inst/doc directory.


  • Froese, R. and D. Pauly. Editors. 2011. FishBase. World Wide Web electronic publication., version (08/2011).
  • Carl Boettiger, Duncan Temple Lang, Peter Wainwright (2012). rfishbase: exploring, manipulating and visualizing FishBase data from R, 2030–2039. Journal of Fish Biology. 81 (6). doi:10.1111/j.1095-8649.2012.03464.x
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