Check List 11(5): e19361, doi: 10.15560/11.5.1762
First comprehensive list of the coral reef fishes of Tunku Abdul Rahman Park, Sabah, Malaysia (Borneo)
expand article infoDitch Townsend
Open Access
A 573 species-long checklist of the fishes in this 50 km2 tropical marine park was created predominantly by combining an unpublished scientific survey from 1992 with a hobbyist’s large photograph collection from between 2006 and 2009. Of the Indo-Pacific region’s coral reef-associated fish species, 15.2% are found here. Drawn from 83 families, the most speciose are Pomacentridae (71), Gobiidae (68) and Lab-ridae (55). A regression formula using the Coral reef Fish Diversity Index (CFDI) for species seen in 1992 suggests the park hosts 464 species, compared with the CFDI-based estimate of 495 based only on da-ta collected between 2006 and 2009, and 596 for the combined Index. With only 62% of the Index’s species seen both in the earlier and later lists, the utility of the CFDI is questionable at a site or over a time-span like this.
coral reef; fishes; Tunku Abdul Rahman Park; marine park; species richness; CFDI