List of Freshwater Fishes reported from Benin
n = 156
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Table 1: 147 species currently present in the country/island (endemic, native, introduced, reintroduced);
Table 2: 5 species possibly present in the country/island (stray, questionable);
Table 3: 4 species demonstrated to be absent in the country/island (extirpated, not established, misidentification, error).
Table 4: 156 species reported from the country/island altogether.
Table 1: 147 species currently present in the country/island.
     
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Order Family Species Occurrence FishBase name Name
Siluriformes Amphiliidae Andersonia lepturanative   
Cyprinodontiformes Nothobranchiidae Aphyosemion bitaeniatumnative Two-striped Aphyosemion  
Cyprinodontiformes Nothobranchiidae Aphyosemion calliurumnative Banner lyretail  
Cyprinodontiformes Poeciliidae Aplocheilichthys spilauchennative Banded lampeye  
Siluriformes Ariidae Arius gigasnative Giant sea catfish  
Siluriformes Claroteidae Auchenoglanis occidentalisnative Bubu  
Perciformes Gobiidae Awaous lateristriganative West African freshwater goby  
Siluriformes Bagridae Bagrus bajadnative Bayad  
Siluriformes Bagridae Bagrus docmaknative Semutundu  
Cypriniformes Cyprinidae Barboides britziendemic   
Cypriniformes Cyprinidae Barboides gracilisnative   
Osteoglossiformes Mormyridae Brevimyrus nigernative   
Osteoglossiformes Mormyridae Brienomyrus brachyistiusnative   
Characiformes Alestidae Brycinus leuciscusnative   
Characiformes Alestidae Brycinus longipinnisnative Longfin tetra  
Characiformes Alestidae Brycinus macrolepidotusnative True big-scale tetra  
Characiformes Alestidae Brycinus nursenative Nurse tetra  
Perciformes Cichlidae Chromidotilapia guntherinative Guenther's mouthbrooder  
Siluriformes Claroteidae Chrysichthys auratusnative   
Siluriformes Claroteidae Chrysichthys nigrodigitatusnative Bagrid catfish  
Characiformes Citharinidae Citharinus citharusnative Moon fish  
Characiformes Citharinidae Citharinus latusnative   
Siluriformes Clariidae Clarias agboyiensisnative   
Siluriformes Clariidae Clarias anguillarisnative Mudfish  
Siluriformes Clariidae Clarias buthupogonnative   
Siluriformes Clariidae Clarias camerunensisnative   
Siluriformes Clariidae Clarias ebriensisnative   
Siluriformes Clariidae Clarias gariepinusnative North African catfish  
Siluriformes Clariidae Clarias macromystaxnative   
Perciformes Cichlidae Coptodon guineensisnative Guinean tilapia  
Perciformes Cichlidae Coptodon zilliinative Redbelly tilapia  
Gonorynchiformes Kneriidae Cromeria occidentalisnative   
Perciformes Anabantidae Ctenopoma kingsleyaenative Tailspot ctenopoma  
Perciformes Anabantidae Ctenopoma pethericinative   
Anguilliformes Ophichthidae Dalophis boulengerinative   
Anguilliformes Ophichthidae Dalophis cephalopeltisnative   
Clupeiformes Denticipitidae Denticeps clupeoidesnative Denticle herring  
Characiformes Distichodontidae Distichodus rostratusnative Grass-eater  
Perciformes Eleotridae Dormitator lebretonisnative   
Perciformes Eleotridae Eleotris daganensisnative   
Perciformes Eleotridae Eleotris senegalensisnative   
Perciformes Eleotridae Eleotris vittatanative   
Cypriniformes Cyprinidae Enteromius ablabesnative   
Cypriniformes Cyprinidae Enteromius atakorensisnative   
Cypriniformes Cyprinidae Enteromius baudoninative   
Cypriniformes Cyprinidae Enteromius callipterusnative Clipper barb  
Cypriniformes Cyprinidae Enteromius chlorotaenianative   
Cypriniformes Cyprinidae Enteromius leonensisnative   
Cypriniformes Cyprinidae Enteromius macinensisnative   
Cypriniformes Cyprinidae Enteromius macropsnative Blackstripe barb  
Cypriniformes Cyprinidae Enteromius nigeriensisnative   
Cypriniformes Cyprinidae Enteromius parablabesnative   
Cypriniformes Cyprinidae Enteromius stigmatopygusnative   
Cypriniformes Cyprinidae Enteromius sublineatusnative   
Cypriniformes Cyprinidae Enteromius sylvaticusnative   
Cypriniformes Cyprinidae Enteromius vandewalleinative   
Cyprinodontiformes Nothobranchiidae Epiplatys bifasciatusnative   
Cyprinodontiformes Nothobranchiidae Epiplatys grahaminative   
Cyprinodontiformes Nothobranchiidae Epiplatys sexfasciatusnative Sixbar panchax  
Cyprinodontiformes Nothobranchiidae Epiplatys spilargyreiusnative   
Polypteriformes Polypteridae Erpetoichthys calabaricusnative Reedfish  
Clupeiformes Clupeidae Ethmalosa fimbriatanative Bonga shad Tiaka 
Cyprinodontiformes Nothobranchiidae Foerschichthys flavipinnisnative   
Cyprinodontiformes Nothobranchiidae Fundulopanchax filamentosusnative Plumed lyretail  
Cyprinodontiformes Nothobranchiidae Fundulopanchax gularisnative Gulare  
Perciformes Gobiidae Gobioides sagittanative   
Siluriformes Clariidae Gymnallabes typusnative   
Osteoglossiformes Gymnarchidae Gymnarchus niloticusnative Aba  
Perciformes Cichlidae Hemichromis bimaculatusnative Jewelfish  
Perciformes Cichlidae Hemichromis fasciatusnative Banded jewelfish  
Characiformes Hepsetidae Hepsetus odoenative   
Siluriformes Clariidae Heterobranchus isopterusnative   
Siluriformes Clariidae Heterobranchus longifilisnative Sampa  
Osteoglossiformes Arapaimidae Heterotis niloticusnative African bonytongue  
Osteoglossiformes Mormyridae Hippopotamyrus psittacusnative   
Characiformes Alestidae Hydrocynus forskahliinative Elongate tigerfish  
Characiformes Alestidae Hydrocynus vittatusnative Tiger fish  
Osteoglossiformes Mormyridae Hyperopisus bebenative   
Characiformes Distichodontidae Ichthyborus monodinative   
Cypriniformes Cyprinidae Labeo parvusnative   
Cypriniformes Cyprinidae Labeo senegalensisnative   
Cypriniformes Cyprinidae Labeobarbus bynninative Niger barb  
Clupeiformes Clupeidae Laeviscutella dekimpeinative Roundbelly pellonuline  
Perciformes Latidae Lates niloticusnative Nile perch  
Perciformes Lutjanidae Lutjanus dentatusnative African brown snapper Agnato 
Perciformes Lutjanidae Lutjanus endecacanthusnative Guinea snapper  
Siluriformes Malapteruridae Malapterurus beninensisnative   
Osteoglossiformes Mormyridae Marcusenius mentonative   
Osteoglossiformes Mormyridae Marcusenius senegalensisnative   
Osteoglossiformes Mormyridae Marcusenius ussherinative   
Synbranchiformes Mastacembelidae Mastacembelus cryptacanthusnative   
Characiformes Alestidae Micralestes elongatusnative Elongated Turkana robber  
Syngnathiformes Syngnathidae Microphis aculeatusnative   
Osteoglossiformes Mormyridae Mormyrops anguilloidesnative Cornish jack  
Osteoglossiformes Mormyridae Mormyrops curvicepsnative   
Osteoglossiformes Mormyridae Mormyrus rumenative Mormyrids  
Osteoglossiformes Mormyridae Mormyrus rumenative Mormyrids  
Characiformes Distichodontidae Nannocharax occidentalisnative   
Characiformes Distichodontidae Nannocharax signiferendemic   
Perciformes Gobiidae Nematogobius maindroninative   
Characiformes Distichodontidae Neolebias ansorgiinative   
Characiformes Distichodontidae Neolebias unifasciatusnative   
Perciformes Cichlidae Oreochromis mossambicusintroduced Mozambique tilapia  
Osteoglossiformes Pantodontidae Pantodon buchholzinative Freshwater butterflyfish  
Osteoglossiformes Notopteridae Papyrocranus afernative Reticulate knifefish  
Perciformes Channidae Parachanna africananative   
Perciformes Channidae Parachanna obscuranative African obscure snakehead  
Siluriformes Schilbeidae Parailia pellucidanative Glass schilbid  
Siluriformes Claroteidae Parauchenoglanis monkeinative Dotted catfish  
Siluriformes Schilbeidae Pareutropius buffeinative   
Clupeiformes Clupeidae Pellonula leonensisnative Smalltoothed pellonula  
Clupeiformes Clupeidae Pellonula voraxnative Bigtoothed pellonula Gbodo 
Perciformes Cichlidae Pelmatolapia mariaenative Spotted tilapia  
Perciformes Cichlidae Pelvicachromis pulchernative Rainbow krib  
Perciformes Cichlidae Pelvicachromis taeniatusnative   
Osteoglossiformes Mormyridae Petrocephalus boveinative   
Osteoglossiformes Mormyridae Petrocephalus pallidomaculatusnative   
Osteoglossiformes Mormyridae Petrocephalus soudanensisnative   
Characiformes Distichodontidae Phago loricatusnative African pike-characin  
Gonorynchiformes Phractolaemidae Phractolaemus ansorgiinative Hingemouth  
Osteoglossiformes Mormyridae Pollimyrus adspersusnative   
Osteoglossiformes Mormyridae Pollimyrus isidorinative Elephant Fish  
Perciformes Nandidae Polycentropsis abbreviatanative African leaffish  
Polypteriformes Polypteridae Polypterus endlicheriinative Saddled bichir Khotum 
Polypteriformes Polypteridae Polypterus senegalusnative Gray bichir  
Perciformes Haemulidae Pomadasys jubelininative Sompat grunt Cocouin 
Perciformes Gobiidae Porogobius schlegeliinative   
Cyprinodontiformes Poeciliidae Poropanchax luxophthalmusnative   
Cyprinodontiformes Poeciliidae Poropanchax normaninative Norman's lampeye  
Rhinopristiformes Pristidae Pristis microdonnative Largetooth sawfish  
Lepidosireniformes Protopteridae Protopterus annectensnative West African lungfish  
Cypriniformes Cyprinidae Raiamas senegalensisnative Senegal minnow  
Characiformes Alestidae Rhabdalestes septentrionalisnative   
Perciformes Cichlidae Sarotherodon galilaeusnative Mango tilapia  
Perciformes Cichlidae Sarotherodon melanotheronnative Blackchin tilapia  
Siluriformes Schilbeidae Schilbe intermediusnative Silver catfish  
Siluriformes Schilbeidae Schilbe micropogonnative   
Siluriformes Schilbeidae Schilbe mystusnative African butter catfish  
Cyprinodontiformes Nothobranchiidae Scriptaphyosemion geryinative GĂ©rys killi  
Siluriformes Mochokidae Synodontis melanopterusnative   
Siluriformes Mochokidae Synodontis nigritanative   
Siluriformes Mochokidae Synodontis ouemeensisnative   
Siluriformes Mochokidae Synodontis schallnative Wahrindi  
Siluriformes Mochokidae Synodontis sorexnative   
Perciformes Cichlidae Thysochromis ansorgiinative   
Perciformes Carangidae Trachinotus teraianative Shortfin pompano  
Osteoglossiformes Notopteridae Xenomystus nigrinative African knifefish  
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