Table 4 The ten most traded species of ornamental fish worldwide

Totals for number of fish are derived from exporters' and importers' data in GMAD for years 1997 to 2002. Species common to both datasets are in bold.

Species

No. of specimens

Species

No. of specimens

(exporters' data)

(importers' data)

Amphiprion ocellaris

145,015

Chromis viridis

322,587

Chrysiptera cyanea

111,705

Zebrasoma fiavescens

198,869

Dascyllus aruanus

103,948

Amphiprion ocellaris

166,119

Amphiprion percuia

101,092

Dascyllus aruanus

164,094

Chromis viridis

99,451

Pomacentrus austraiis

161,796

Abudefduf spp.

78,945

Chrysiptera parasema

156,069

Dascyllus trimaculatus

78,536

Chrysiptera cyanea

121,657

Paracanthurus hepatus

74,557

Dascyiius spp.

116,861

Dascyiius aibiseiia

73,726

Dascyllus trimaculatus

102,650

Chrysiptera hemicyanea

61,914

Labroides dimidiatus

86,885

Total

928,889

Total

1,597,587

Table 5: The top ten species of ornamental fish imported into the EU

Table 5: The top ten species of ornamental fish imported into the EU

Totals for number of fish are calculated from exporters' and importers' data in GMAD for years 1997 to 2002. Species common to both datasets are in bold.

Species

No. of specimens

Species

No. of specimens

(exporters' data)

(importers' data)

Amphiprion ocellaris

44,881

Amphiprion ocellaris

123,640

Chromis viridis

29,717

Chromis viridis

103,682

Labroides dimidiatus

21,833

Chrysiptera cyanea

43,767

Chrysiptera hemicyanea

12,111

Chrysiptera parasema

42,576

Saiarias fasciatus

12,019

Zebrasoma fiavescens

38,411

Chrysiptera cyanea

11,776

Dascyiius trimacuiatus

33,078

Paracanthurus hepatus

11,345

Labroides dimidiatus

33,073

Synchiropus spiendidus

11,168

Paracanthurus hepatus

28,674

Pseudanthias squamipinnis

10,892

Pseudanthias squamipinnis

23,134

Acanthurus ieucosternon

10,290

Nemateieotris magnifica

21,897

Total

176,032

Total

491,932

For the years 1997-2002, Amphiprion ocellaris, Chromis viridis, the bluestreak cleaner wrasse (Labroides dimidiatus), Chrysiptera cyanea, the palette surgeon-fish (Paracanthurus hepatus), and the sea goldie (Pseudanthias squamipinnis) are the most commonly imported species into the EU. Together the top ten species make up 37 per cent of all fish imported into the EU between 1997 and 2002, according to importers' data. (See Table 5.)

A similar analysis for the United States showed that the top ten species (common to both exporters' and importers' datasets), including Dascyllus aruanus,

Chrysiptera cyanea, Dascyllus trimaculatus and Labroides dimidiatus, accounted for 39 per cent of all fish species exported to the United States. (See Table 6.)

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