Diversity of Cypriniformes
With 4,000 species, Cypriniformes is the most diverse monophyletic order of vertebrates. About 1 in 3 (30%) species of freshwater fishes, 1 in 8 fishes (12%), and 1 in 17 vertebrates (6%), is a cypriniform. Cypriniforms are most diverse in the least-explored parts of the tropics, and we estimate the number of species to be much larger than now recognized, closer to 4,500-5,000.
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