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Water Creatures of South Africa Page 3
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Biodiversity


It is known that there are some 2 200 species of fish in our seas, equivalent to about 15% of the total number of marine fish species worldwide. There are 270 families of fishes represented in South Africa, equivalent to 83% of all marine fish families known. Strikingly, up to 13% are endemic, ranking amongst the highest anywhere.

Text on these pages By Prof Rudy can der Elst ~ Oceanographic Research Institute, Durban


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