List of Freshwater Fishes for Namibia

Number of freshwater fish species: 146 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
Siluriformes Amphiliidae Amphilius uranoscopus native Stargazer mountain catfish Opkyk- bergbaber 
Cyprinodontiformes Poeciliidae Aplocheilichthys hutereaui native Meshscaled topminnow Tralie-lampogie 
Cyprinodontiformes Poeciliidae Aplocheilichthys katangae native Striped topminnow Streep-lampogie 
Cyprinodontiformes Poeciliidae Aplocheilichthys macrurus native Big tailed lampeye  
Cyprinodontiformes Poeciliidae Aplocheilichthys moeruensis native Moero lampeye  
Perciformes Sciaenidae Argyrosomus coronus native Dusky kob Kabeljou 
Siluriformes Ariidae Arius latiscutatus native Rough-head sea catfish Rough-head sea catfish 
Characiformes Characidae Astyanax orthodus introduced   
Atheriniformes Atherinidae Atherina breviceps native Cape silverside Kaapse spierinkie 
Siluriformes Austroglanididae Austroglanis sclateri native Rock-catfish Rock catfish 
Perciformes Gobiidae Awaous lateristriga native West African freshwater goby  
Cypriniformes Cyprinidae Barbus afrohamiltoni native Hamilton's barb Hamilton's barb 
Cypriniformes Cyprinidae Barbus afrovernayi native Spottail barb Kolstert-ghieliemientjie 
Cypriniformes Cyprinidae Barbus anoplus introduced Chubbyhead barb Chubbyhead barb 
Cypriniformes Cyprinidae Barbus barnardi native Blackback barb Swartrug-ghieliemientjie 
Cypriniformes Cyprinidae Barbus barotseensis native Barbus barb Barotse-ghieliemientjie 
Cypriniformes Cyprinidae Barbus bifrenatus native Hyphen barb Skakel-ghieliemientjie 
Cypriniformes Cyprinidae Barbus breviceps native Shorthead barb Shorthead barb 
Cypriniformes Cyprinidae Barbus brevidorsalis native Dwarf barb Dwerg-ghieliemientjie 
Cypriniformes Cyprinidae Barbus dorsolineatus native Cunene barb Kunene barb 
Cypriniformes Cyprinidae Barbus eutaenia native Orangefin barb Oranjevlerk-ghieliemientjie 
Cypriniformes Cyprinidae Barbus fasciolatus native African banded barb Rooi-ghieliemientjie 
Cypriniformes Cyprinidae Barbus haasianus native Sickle barb Sekelvin-ghieliemientjie 
Cypriniformes Cyprinidae Barbus hospes native Namaquab barb Namaquab barb 
Cypriniformes Cyprinidae Barbus kerstenii native Redspot barb Redspot barb 
Cypriniformes Cyprinidae Barbus lineomaculatus native Line-spotted barb Lynspikkel-ghieliemientjie 
Cypriniformes Cyprinidae Barbus mattozi native Papermouth Papermouth 
Cypriniformes Cyprinidae Barbus miolepis native Zigzag barb Zigzag barb 
Cypriniformes Cyprinidae Barbus multilineatus native Copperstripe barb Koperstreep-ghieliemientjie 
Cypriniformes Cyprinidae Barbus paludinosus native Straightfin barb Lynvin-ghieliemientjie 
Cypriniformes Cyprinidae Barbus poechii native Dashtail barb Streepstert-ghieliemientjie 
Cypriniformes Cyprinidae Barbus radiatus radiatus native Redeye barb Beira-ghieliemientjie 
Cypriniformes Cyprinidae Barbus tangandensis native Redsport barb Rooikol-ghieliemientjie 
Cypriniformes Cyprinidae Barbus thamalakanensis native Thamalakane barb Thamalakane-ghieliemientjie 
Cypriniformes Cyprinidae Barbus trimaculatus native Threespot barb Threespot barb 
Cypriniformes Cyprinidae Barbus unitaeniatus native Slender barb Langbaard-ghieliemientjie 
Characiformes Alestidae Brycinus lateralis native Striped robber Streep-rower 
Cypriniformes Cyprinidae Carassius auratus auratus introduced Goldfish Goldfish 
Perciformes Cichlidae Chetia gracilis native Slender happy Slender happy 
Perciformes Cichlidae Chetia welwitschi native Angolan happy Angola happy 
Siluriformes Mochokidae Chiloglanis fasciatus native Okavango suckermouth Okavango suckermouth 
Siluriformes Mochokidae Chiloglanis neumanni native Neumann's suckermouth Neumann se suierbekkie 
Siluriformes Clariidae Clariallabes platyprosopos native Broadhead catfish Breëkop-baber 
Siluriformes Clariidae Clarias cavernicola endemic Cave catfish Cave catfish 
Siluriformes Clariidae Clarias gariepinus native North African catfish Skerptand-baber 
Siluriformes Clariidae Clarias liocephalus native Smoothhead catfish Smoothhead catfish 
Siluriformes Clariidae Clarias ngamensis native Blunt-toothed African catfish Stomptand-baber 
Siluriformes Clariidae Clarias stappersii native Blotched catfish Blotched catfish 
Siluriformes Clariidae Clarias submarginatus native  Blotched catfish 
Siluriformes Clariidae Clarias theodorae native Snake catfish Slangbaber 
Cypriniformes Cyprinidae Clypeobarbus bellcrossi native Gorgeous barb Gorgeous barb 
Cypriniformes Cyprinidae Coptostomabarbus wittei native Upjaw barb Boel-ghieliemientjie 
Perciformes Gobiidae Ctenogobius lepturus native   
Perciformes Anabantidae Ctenopoma multispine native Manyspined ctenopoma Stekelrige kurper 
Perciformes Anabantidae Ctenopoma muriei misidentification Ocellated labyrinth fish  
Cypriniformes Cyprinidae Cyprinus carpio carpio introduced Common carp Common carp 
Perciformes Eleotridae Dormitator lebretonis native   
Perciformes Eleotridae Eleotris vittata native   
Siluriformes Ariidae Galeichthys feliceps native White baggar Wit seebaber 
Perciformes Cichlidae Hemichromis elongatus native Banded jewel cichlid Banded jewelfish 
Perciformes Cichlidae Hemichromis fasciatus native Banded jewelfish Balk-juweelvis 
Characiformes Citharinidae Hemigrammocharax machadoi native Dwarf citharine Dwerg-sitarien 
Characiformes Citharinidae Hemigrammocharax multifasciatus native Multibar citharine Veelbalk-sitarien 
Characiformes Hepsetidae Hepsetus odoe native Kafue pike Afrikaanse greepvis 
Osteoglossiformes Mormyridae Hippopotamyrus ansorgii native Slender stonebasher Slank klipstamper 
Osteoglossiformes Mormyridae Hippopotamyrus discorhynchus native Zambezi parrotfish Zambezi-papegaavis 
Osteoglossiformes Mormyridae Hippopotamyrus szaboi native   
Characiformes Alestidae Hydrocynus vittatus native Tiger fish Tiervis 
Cyprinodontiformes Poeciliidae Hypsopanchax jubbi native Southern deepbody Southern deepbody 
Gonorynchiformes Kneriidae Kneria maydelli native Cunene kneria Kunene kneria 
Gonorynchiformes Kneriidae Kneria polli native Western shellear Northern kneria 
Cypriniformes Cyprinidae Labeo ansorgii native Cunene labeo Kunene labeo 
Cypriniformes Cyprinidae Labeo capensis native Orange river mudfish Orange river mudfsih 
Cypriniformes Cyprinidae Labeo cylindricus native Redeye labeo Rooioog-labeo 
Cypriniformes Cyprinidae Labeo lunatus native Upper Zambezi labeo Bo-Zambezi-labeo 
Cypriniformes Cyprinidae Labeo ruddi native Silver labeo Silver labeo 
Cypriniformes Cyprinidae Labeo umbratus native Moggel Moggel 
Cypriniformes Cyprinidae Labeobarbus aeneus native Smallmouth yellowfish Smallmouth yellowfish 
Cypriniformes Cyprinidae Labeobarbus codringtonii native Upper Zambezi yellowfish Bo-Zambezi-geelvis 
Cypriniformes Cyprinidae Labeobarbus kimberleyensis native Largemouth yellowfish Largemouth yellowfish 
Mugiliformes Mugilidae Liza falcipinnis native Sicklefin mullet  
Mugiliformes Mugilidae Liza richardsonii native South African mullet Suidelike harder 
Osteoglossiformes Mormyridae Marcusenius altisambesi native   
Osteoglossiformes Mormyridae Marcusenius macrolepidotus macrolepidotus native Bulldog Boelhond 
Synbranchiformes Mastacembelidae Mastacembelus frenatus native Longtail spiny eel Langstertstekelpaling 
Synbranchiformes Mastacembelidae Mastacembelus vanderwaali native Ocellated spiny eel Bont stekelpaling 
Cypriniformes Cyprinidae Mesobola brevianalis native River sardine River sardine 
Characiformes Alestidae Micralestes acutidens native Sharptooth tetra Silwer rower 
Perciformes Anabantidae Microctenopoma intermedium native  Blackspot climbing perch 
Cyprinodontiformes Poeciliidae Micropanchax johnstoni native Johnston's topminnow Johnston se lampogie 
Perciformes Centrarchidae Micropterus salmoides introduced Largemouth bass Largemouth bass 
Osteoglossiformes Mormyridae Mormyrus lacerda native Western bottlenose mormyrid Westelike bottelneus 
Mugiliformes Mugilidae Mugil cephalus native Flathead mullet Platkopharder 
Characiformes Citharinidae Nannocharax macropterus native Broad-barred citharine Breëbalk-sitarien 
Perciformes Gobiidae Nematogobius ansorgii native   
Cyprinodontiformes Nothobranchiidae Nothobranchius polli misidentification   
Cypriniformes Cyprinidae Opsaridium zambezense native Barred minnow Balk-ghieliemientjie 
Perciformes Cichlidae Oreochromis andersonii native Three spotted tilapia Driekol-tilapia 
Perciformes Cichlidae Oreochromis macrochir native Longfin tilapia Groenkop-tilapia 
Perciformes Cichlidae Oreochromis mossambicus introduced Mozambique tilapia Mozambique tilapia 
Perciformes Cichlidae Orthochromis machadoi native Cunene dwarf happy Kunene dwarf happy 
Gonorynchiformes Kneriidae Parakneria fortuita native Cubango kneria  
Osteoglossiformes Mormyridae Paramormyrops jacksoni native Ghost stonebasher  
Siluriformes Claroteidae Parauchenoglanis ngamensis native Zambezi grunter Zambesi-knorbaber 
Osteoglossiformes Mormyridae Petrocephalus catostoma catostoma native Churchill Churchill 
Perciformes Cichlidae Pharyngochromis acuticeps native Zambezi bream Zambezi happy 
Perciformes Cichlidae Pharyngochromis darlingi native Zambezi happy Zambezi-happie 
Cyprinodontiformes Poeciliidae Poecilia reticulata introduced Guppy Guppy 
Osteoglossiformes Mormyridae Pollimyrus castelnaui native Dwarf stonebasher Dwerg-klipstamper 
Perciformes Haemulidae Pomadasys jubelini native Sompat grunt Atlantiese gespikkelde knorder 
Perciformes Cichlidae Pseudocrenilabrus philander luebberti native   
Perciformes Cichlidae Pseudocrenilabrus philander philander native Southern mouthbrooder Suidelike mondbroeier 
Characiformes Alestidae Rhabdalestes maunensis native Okavango robber Okavango robber 
Perciformes Cichlidae Sargochromis carlottae native Rainbow happy Reënboog-happie 
Perciformes Cichlidae Sargochromis codringtonii native Green happy Groen happie 
Perciformes Cichlidae Sargochromis coulteri native Cunene happy Kunene happy 
Perciformes Cichlidae Sargochromis giardi native Pink happy Ligroos happie 
Perciformes Cichlidae Sargochromis greenwoodi native Greenwood's happy Greenwood's happy 
Perciformes Cichlidae Sargochromis mortimeri native Mortimer's happy Mortimer's happy 
Siluriformes Schilbeidae Schilbe intermedius native Silver catfish Silver butter catfish 
Siluriformes Schilbeidae Schilbe mystus native African butter catfish Silwerbaber 
Siluriformes Schilbeidae Schilbe yangambianus native Yangambi butterbarbel Yangambi butterbarbel 
Perciformes Cichlidae Serranochromis altus native Humpback largemouth Humpback largemouth 
Perciformes Cichlidae Serranochromis angusticeps native Thinface cichlid Smalkop-grootbek 
Perciformes Cichlidae Serranochromis longimanus native Longfin largemouth Langvin-grootbek 
Perciformes Cichlidae Serranochromis macrocephalus native Purpleface largemouth Persgesig-grootbek 
Perciformes Cichlidae Serranochromis robustus jallae native Nembwe Nembwe 
Perciformes Cichlidae Serranochromis robustus robustus native Yellow-belly bream Nembwe 
Perciformes Cichlidae Serranochromis thumbergi native Brownspot largemouth Bruinkol-grootbek 
Siluriformes Mochokidae Synodontis leopardina native Leopard squeaker Luiperdkol-skreeubaber 
Siluriformes Mochokidae Synodontis macrostigma native Largespot squeaker Grootvlek-skreeubaber 
Siluriformes Mochokidae Synodontis macrostoma native Largemouth squeaker Largemouth squeaker 
Siluriformes Mochokidae Synodontis nigromaculata native Blackspotted squeaker Spikkel-skreeubaber 
Siluriformes Mochokidae Synodontis thamalakanensis native  Bubblebarb squeaker 
Siluriformes Mochokidae Synodontis vanderwaali native  Finetooth squeaker 
Siluriformes Mochokidae Synodontis woosnami native Upper Zambezi squeaker Bo-Zambezi skreeubaber 
Perciformes Cichlidae Thoracochromis albolabris native Thicklipped happy Thicklipped happy 
Perciformes Cichlidae Thoracochromis buysi native Namib happy Namib happy 
Perciformes Cichlidae Tilapia guinasana endemic Otjikoto tilapia Otjikoto-kurper 
Perciformes Cichlidae Tilapia rendalli native Redbreast tilapia Noordelike rooibors-tilapia 
Perciformes Cichlidae Tilapia ruweti native Okavango tilapia Okavango-tilapia 
Perciformes Cichlidae Tilapia sparrmanii native Banded tilapia Vlei-tilapia 
Perciformes Osphronemidae Trichogaster trichopterus introduced Three spot gourami  
Cyprinodontiformes Poeciliidae Xiphophorus hellerii introduced Green swordtail Swordtail 
Siluriformes Amphiliidae Zaireichthys dorae native Chobe sand catlet Geviekte babertjie 
Siluriformes Amphiliidae Zaireichthys rotundiceps native Spotted sand catlet Gevlekte babertjie 



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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.