List of Freshwater Fishes for Benin

Number of freshwater fish species: 154 The tables below were generated from Fishbase.org - A project to provide indexing and links for all known species as the baseline dataset for studies of global biodiversity. All links below take you to pages on the fishbase.org site.
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Order Family Species Status FB name Name
Cyprinodontiformes Nothobranchiidae Aphyosemion bitaeniatum native Two-striped Aphyosemion  
Cyprinodontiformes Nothobranchiidae Aphyosemion calliurum native Banner lyretail  
Cyprinodontiformes Poeciliidae Aplocheilichthys normani native Norman's lampeye  
Cyprinodontiformes Poeciliidae Aplocheilichthys spilauchen native Banded lampeye  
Siluriformes Ariidae Arius gigas native Giant sea catfish  
Siluriformes Ariidae Arius latiscutatus native Rough-head sea catfish Blolo 
Siluriformes Claroteidae Auchenoglanis occidentalis native Bubu  
Perciformes Gobiidae Awaous lateristriga native West African freshwater goby  
Siluriformes Bagridae Bagrus bajad native Bayad  
Siluriformes Bagridae Bagrus docmak native Semutundu  
Cypriniformes Cyprinidae Barboides britzi native   
Cypriniformes Cyprinidae Barboides gracilis native   
Cypriniformes Cyprinidae Barbus ablabes native   
Cypriniformes Cyprinidae Barbus atakorensis native   
Cypriniformes Cyprinidae Barbus bynni occidentalis native Niger barb  
Cypriniformes Cyprinidae Barbus callipterus native Clipper barb  
Cypriniformes Cyprinidae Barbus chlorotaenia native   
Cypriniformes Cyprinidae Barbus leonensis native   
Cypriniformes Cyprinidae Barbus macinensis native   
Cypriniformes Cyprinidae Barbus macrops native Blackstripe barb  
Cypriniformes Cyprinidae Barbus stigmatopygus native   
Cypriniformes Cyprinidae Barbus sublineatus native   
Cypriniformes Cyprinidae Barbus sylvaticus native   
Osteoglossiformes Mormyridae Brienomyrus brachyistius native   
Osteoglossiformes Mormyridae Brienomyrus niger native   
Characiformes Alestidae Brycinus longipinnis native Longfin tetra  
Characiformes Alestidae Brycinus macrolepidotus native True big-scale tetra  
Characiformes Alestidae Brycinus nurse native Nurse tetra  
Osteoglossiformes Mormyridae Campylomormyrus tamandua native Wormjawed mormyrid  
Carcharhiniformes Carcharhinidae Carcharhinus leucas native Bull shark Ehouatagbo 
Perciformes Cichlidae Chromidotilapia guentheri guentheri native Guenther's Mouthbrooder  
Siluriformes Claroteidae Chrysichthys auratus native   
Siluriformes Claroteidae Chrysichthys nigrodigitatus native Bagrid catfish  
Siluriformes Claroteidae Chrysichthys walkeri native   
Characiformes Citharinidae Citharinus citharus citharus native Moon fish  
Characiformes Citharinidae Citharinus latus native   
Siluriformes Clariidae Clarias agboyiensis native   
Siluriformes Clariidae Clarias anguillaris native Mudfish  
Siluriformes Clariidae Clarias buthupogon native   
Siluriformes Clariidae Clarias camerunensis native   
Siluriformes Clariidae Clarias ebriensis native   
Siluriformes Clariidae Clarias gariepinus native North African catfish  
Siluriformes Clariidae Clarias macromystax native   
Gonorynchiformes Kneriidae Cromeria occidentalis native   
Perciformes Anabantidae Ctenopoma kingsleyae native Tailspot ctenopoma  
Perciformes Anabantidae Ctenopoma nigropannosum native Twospot climbing perch  
Perciformes Anabantidae Ctenopoma petherici native   
Anguilliformes Ophichthidae Dalophis boulengeri native   
Anguilliformes Ophichthidae Dalophis cephalopeltis native   
Clupeiformes Denticipitidae Denticeps clupeoides native   
Characiformes Citharinidae Distichodus rostratus native Grass-eater  
Perciformes Eleotridae Dormitator lebretonis native   
Perciformes Eleotridae Eleotris vittata native   
Elopiformes Elopidae Elops senegalensis native Senegalese ladyfish Agba 
Cyprinodontiformes Nothobranchiidae Epiplatys bifasciatus bifasciatus native   
Cyprinodontiformes Nothobranchiidae Epiplatys bifasciatus taeniatus native   
Cyprinodontiformes Nothobranchiidae Epiplatys grahami native   
Cyprinodontiformes Nothobranchiidae Epiplatys sexfasciatus sexfasciatus native Sixbar panchax  
Cyprinodontiformes Nothobranchiidae Epiplatys spilargyreius native   
Polypteriformes Polypteridae Erpetoichthys calabaricus native Reedfish  
Clupeiformes Clupeidae Ethmalosa fimbriata native Bonga shad Tiaka 
Cyprinodontiformes Nothobranchiidae Foerschichthys flavipinnis native   
Cyprinodontiformes Nothobranchiidae Fundulopanchax filamentosus native Plumed lyretail  
Cyprinodontiformes Nothobranchiidae Fundulopanchax gularis native Gulare  
Osteoglossiformes Mormyridae Gnathonemus petersii native Elephantnose fish  
Perciformes Gobiidae Gobioides sagitta native   
Perciformes Gobiidae Gobionellus oceanicus native Highfin goby  
Siluriformes Clariidae Gymnallabes typus native   
Osteoglossiformes Gymnarchidae Gymnarchus niloticus native Aba  
Perciformes Cichlidae Hemichromis bimaculatus native Jewelfish  
Perciformes Cichlidae Hemichromis fasciatus native Banded jewelfish  
Characiformes Hepsetidae Hepsetus odoe native Kafue pike  
Siluriformes Clariidae Heterobranchus isopterus native   
Siluriformes Clariidae Heterobranchus longifilis native Vundu  
Osteoglossiformes Arapaimidae Heterotis niloticus native Heterotis  
Osteoglossiformes Mormyridae Hippopotamyrus psittacus native   
Characiformes Alestidae Hydrocynus forskahlii native   
Characiformes Alestidae Hydrocynus vittatus native Tiger fish  
Osteoglossiformes Mormyridae Hyperopisus bebe bebe native   
Perciformes Eleotridae Kribia nana native   
Cypriniformes Cyprinidae Labeo parvus native   
Cypriniformes Cyprinidae Labeo senegalensis native   
Clupeiformes Clupeidae Laeviscutella dekimpei native Roundbelly pellonuline  
Perciformes Latidae Lates niloticus native Nile perch  
Perciformes Lutjanidae Lutjanus dentatus native African brown snapper Agnato 
Perciformes Lutjanidae Lutjanus endecacanthus native Guinea snapper  
Siluriformes Malapteruridae Malapterurus beninensis native   
Osteoglossiformes Mormyridae Marcusenius mento native   
Osteoglossiformes Mormyridae Marcusenius senegalensis senegalensis native   
Osteoglossiformes Mormyridae Marcusenius ussheri native   
Synbranchiformes Mastacembelidae Mastacembelus cryptacanthus native   
Synbranchiformes Mastacembelidae Mastacembelus nigromarginatus native   
Elopiformes Megalopidae Megalops atlanticus native Tarpon Ofin 
Characiformes Alestidae Micralestes acutidens native Sharptooth tetra  
Characiformes Alestidae Micralestes elongatus native Elongated Turkana robber  
Cyprinodontiformes Poeciliidae Micropanchax macrophthalmus native Lampeye panchax  
Syngnathiformes Syngnathidae Microphis brachyurus aculeatus native   
Osteoglossiformes Mormyridae Mormyrops anguilloides native Cornish jack  
Osteoglossiformes Mormyridae Mormyrus rume rume native Mormyrids  
Characiformes Citharinidae Nannocharax fasciatus native   
Perciformes Gobiidae Nematogobius maindroni native   
Characiformes Citharinidae Neolebias ansorgii native   
Characiformes Citharinidae Neolebias unifasciatus native   
Clupeiformes Clupeidae Odaxothrissa ansorgii native Ansorge's fangtooth pellonuline  
Clupeiformes Clupeidae Odaxothrissa mento native Nigerian fangtooth pellonuline  
Synbranchiformes Synbranchidae Ophisternon afrum native Guinea swamp eel  
Perciformes Cichlidae Oreochromis macrochir not established Longfin tilapia  
Perciformes Cichlidae Oreochromis mossambicus introduced Mozambique tilapia  
Osteoglossiformes Pantodontidae Pantodon buchholzi native Freshwater butterflyfish  
Osteoglossiformes Notopteridae Papyrocranus afer native Reticulate knifefish  
Perciformes Channidae Parachanna africana native   
Perciformes Channidae Parachanna obscura native Snake-head  
Siluriformes Schilbeidae Parailia pellucida native Glass schilbid  
Siluriformes Claroteidae Parauchenoglanis monkei native Dotted catfish  
Siluriformes Schilbeidae Pareutropius buffei native   
Clupeiformes Clupeidae Pellonula leonensis native Smalltoothed pellonula  
Clupeiformes Clupeidae Pellonula vorax native Bigtoothed pellonula Gbodo 
Osteoglossiformes Mormyridae Petrocephalus bovei bovei native   
Osteoglossiformes Mormyridae Petrocephalus pallidomaculatus native   
Osteoglossiformes Mormyridae Petrocephalus soudanensis native   
Characiformes Citharinidae Phago loricatus native African pike-characin  
Gonorynchiformes Phractolaemidae Phractolaemus ansorgii native Hingemouth  
Siluriformes Amphiliidae Phractura clauseni native   
Osteoglossiformes Mormyridae Pollimyrus adspersus native   
Osteoglossiformes Mormyridae Pollimyrus isidori isidori native Elephant Fish  
Perciformes Nandidae Polycentropsis abbreviata native African leaffish  
Polypteriformes Polypteridae Polypterus bichir lapradei native Bichir  
Polypteriformes Polypteridae Polypterus endlicheri endlicheri native Saddled bichir Khotum 
Polypteriformes Polypteridae Polypterus retropinnis native West African bichir  
Polypteriformes Polypteridae Polypterus senegalus senegalus native Gray bichir  
Perciformes Haemulidae Pomadasys jubelini native Sompat grunt Cocouin 
Pristiformes Pristidae Pristis microdon native Largetooth sawfish  
Lepidosireniformes Protopteridae Protopterus annectens annectens native West African lungfish  
Cypriniformes Cyprinidae Raiamas senegalensis native Silver fish  
Characiformes Alestidae Rhabdalestes septentrionalis native   
Perciformes Cichlidae Sarotherodon galilaeus galilaeus native Mango tilapia  
Perciformes Cichlidae Sarotherodon melanotheron melanotheron native Blackchin tilapia  
Siluriformes Schilbeidae Schilbe intermedius native Silver catfish  
Siluriformes Schilbeidae Schilbe micropogon native   
Siluriformes Schilbeidae Schilbe mystus native African butter catfish  
Cyprinodontiformes Nothobranchiidae Scriptaphyosemion geryi native G�rys killi  
Clupeiformes Clupeidae Sierrathrissa leonensis native West African pygmy herring  
Siluriformes Mochokidae Synodontis budgetti native   
Siluriformes Mochokidae Synodontis gambiensis native   
Siluriformes Mochokidae Synodontis melanoptera native   
Siluriformes Mochokidae Synodontis ouemeensis native   
Siluriformes Mochokidae Synodontis schall native Wahrindi  
Siluriformes Mochokidae Synodontis sorex native   
Perciformes Cichlidae Thysochromis ansorgii native   
Perciformes Cichlidae Tilapia guineensis native Guinean tilapia  
Perciformes Cichlidae Tilapia mariae native Spotted tilapia  
Perciformes Cichlidae Tilapia zillii native Redbelly tilapia  
Perciformes Carangidae Trachinotus teraia native Shortfin pompano  
Osteoglossiformes Notopteridae Xenomystus nigri native African knifefish  



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The copy for fish.mongabay.com was written in 1994-1995. Therefore some information such as scientific names may be out of date. For this, I apologize. Feel free to send corrections to me.