List of Freshwater Fishes for Zimbabwe

Number of freshwater fish species: 159 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
Perciformes Sparidae Acanthopagrus berda native Picnic seabream Riverbream 
Siluriformes Amphiliidae Amphilius natalensis native Natal mountain catfish Natal mountain catfish 
Siluriformes Amphiliidae Amphilius uranoscopus native Stargazer mountain catfish Stargazer mountain catfish 
Anguilliformes Anguillidae Anguilla bengalensis labiata native African mottled eel African mottled eel 
Anguilliformes Anguillidae Anguilla bicolor bicolor native Indonesian shortfin eel Shortfin eel 
Anguilliformes Anguillidae Anguilla marmorata native Giant mottled eel Madagascar mottled eel 
Anguilliformes Anguillidae Anguilla mossambica native African longfin eel Longfin eel 
Cyprinodontiformes Poeciliidae Aplocheilichthys hutereaui native Meshscaled topminnow Meshscaled topminnow 
Cyprinodontiformes Poeciliidae Aplocheilichthys katangae native Striped topminnow Striped topminnow 
Perciformes Cichlidae Astatotilapia calliptera native Eastern happy Eastern happy 
Perciformes Gobiidae Awaous aeneofuscus native Freshwater goby Freshwater goby 
Siluriformes Bagridae Bagrus meridionalis introduced Kampoyo  
Cypriniformes Cyprinidae Barbus afrohamiltoni native Hamilton's barb Hamilton's barb 
Cypriniformes Cyprinidae Barbus afrovernayi native Spottail barb Spottail barb 
Cypriniformes Cyprinidae Barbus altidorsalis native   
Cypriniformes Cyprinidae Barbus annectens native Broadstriped barb Broadstriped barb 
Cypriniformes Cyprinidae Barbus barnardi native Blackback barb Blackback barb 
Cypriniformes Cyprinidae Barbus barotseensis native Barbus barb Barotse barb 
Cypriniformes Cyprinidae Barbus bifrenatus native Hyphen barb Hyphen barb 
Cypriniformes Cyprinidae Barbus brevidorsalis native Dwarf barb  
Cypriniformes Cyprinidae Barbus brevipinnis native Shortfin barb Shortfin barb 
Cypriniformes Cyprinidae Barbus eutaenia native Orangefin barb Orangefin barb 
Cypriniformes Cyprinidae Barbus fasciolatus native African banded barb Red barb 
Cypriniformes Cyprinidae Barbus haasianus native Sickle barb Sicklefin barb 
Cypriniformes Cyprinidae Barbus lineomaculatus native Line-spotted barb Linespotted barb 
Cypriniformes Cyprinidae Barbus macrotaenia native Broadband barb  
Cypriniformes Cyprinidae Barbus manicensis native Yellow barb Yellow barb 
Cypriniformes Cyprinidae Barbus mattozi native Papermouth Papermouth 
Cypriniformes Cyprinidae Barbus multilineatus native Copperstripe barb  
Cypriniformes Cyprinidae Barbus paludinosus native Straightfin barb Straightfin barb 
Cypriniformes Cyprinidae Barbus poechii native Dashtail barb Dashtail barb 
Cypriniformes Cyprinidae Barbus radiatus aurantiacus native   
Cypriniformes Cyprinidae Barbus radiatus radiatus native Redeye barb Beira barb 
Cypriniformes Cyprinidae Barbus rohani native   
Cypriniformes Cyprinidae Barbus rosae native   
Cypriniformes Cyprinidae Barbus tangandensis native Redsport barb Redsport barb 
Cypriniformes Cyprinidae Barbus thamalakanensis native Thamalakane barb Thamalakane barb 
Cypriniformes Cyprinidae Barbus toppini native East Coast barb East Coast barb 
Cypriniformes Cyprinidae Barbus trimaculatus native Threespot barb Threespot barb 
Cypriniformes Cyprinidae Barbus unitaeniatus native Slender barb Longbeard barb 
Cypriniformes Cyprinidae Barbus viviparus native Bowstripe barb Bowstripe barb 
Characiformes Alestidae Brycinus imberi native Spot-tail  
Characiformes Alestidae Brycinus lateralis native Striped robber Striped robber 
Characiformes Alestidae Brycinus macrolepidotus native True big-scale tetra  
Cypriniformes Cyprinidae Carassius auratus auratus introduced Goldfish Goldfish 
Carcharhiniformes Carcharhinidae Carcharhinus leucas native Bull shark Macipunde 
Cypriniformes Cyprinidae Catla catla introduced Catla  
Perciformes Cichlidae Chetia flaviventris native Canary kurper Canary largemouth 
Siluriformes Mochokidae Chiloglanis emarginatus native Phongolo suckermouth Pongola rock catlet 
Siluriformes Mochokidae Chiloglanis neumanni native Neumann's suckermouth Neumann's rock catlet 
Siluriformes Mochokidae Chiloglanis paratus native Sawfin suckermouth Sawfin rock catlet 
Siluriformes Mochokidae Chiloglanis pretoriae native Shortspine suckermouth Limpopo rock catlet 
Siluriformes Mochokidae Chiloglanis swierstrai native Lowveld suckermouth Lowveld rock catlet 
Siluriformes Clariidae Clariallabes platyprosopos native Broadhead catfish Broadhead catfish 
Siluriformes Clariidae Clarias gariepinus native North African catfish Sharptooth catfish 
Siluriformes Clariidae Clarias ngamensis native Blunt-toothed African catfish Blunttooth catfish 
Siluriformes Clariidae Clarias stappersii native Blotched catfish Blotched catfish 
Siluriformes Clariidae Clarias theodorae native Snake catfish Snake catfish 
Cypriniformes Cyprinidae Coptostomabarbus wittei native Upjaw barb Upjaw barb 
Perciformes Anabantidae Ctenopoma multispine native Manyspined ctenopoma Manyspined climbing perch 
Cypriniformes Cyprinidae Cyprinus carpio carpio introduced Common carp Carp 
Characiformes Citharinidae Distichodus mossambicus native Nkupe  
Characiformes Citharinidae Distichodus schenga native Chessa Chessa 
Cyprinodontiformes Poeciliidae Gambusia affinis introduced Mosquitofish Mosquitofish 
Perciformes Gobiidae Glossogobius giuris native Tank goby Tank goby 
Perciformes Cichlidae Haplochromis smithii native   
Perciformes Cichlidae Hemichromis elongatus native Banded jewel cichlid  
Perciformes Cichlidae Hemichromis fasciatus native Banded jewelfish Banded jewelfish 
Characiformes Citharinidae Hemigrammocharax machadoi native Dwarf citharine Dwarf citharine 
Characiformes Citharinidae Hemigrammocharax monardi native   
Characiformes Citharinidae Hemigrammocharax multifasciatus native Multibar citharine Multibar citharine 
Characiformes Hepsetidae Hepsetus odoe native Kafue pike African pike 
Siluriformes Clariidae Heterobranchus boulengeri native   
Siluriformes Clariidae Heterobranchus longifilis native Vundu Vundu 
Osteoglossiformes Mormyridae Hippopotamyrus ansorgii native Slender stonebasher Slender stonebasher 
Osteoglossiformes Mormyridae Hippopotamyrus discorhynchus native Zambezi parrotfish Zambezi parrotfish 
Characiformes Alestidae Hydrocynus forskahlii native  Tigerfish 
Characiformes Alestidae Hydrocynus vittatus native Tiger fish  
Gonorynchiformes Kneriidae Kneria auriculata native Airbreathing shellear  
Cypriniformes Cyprinidae Labeo altivelis native Rednose labeo Manyame labeo 
Cypriniformes Cyprinidae Labeo congoro native Purple labeo Purple labeo 
Cypriniformes Cyprinidae Labeo cylindricus native Redeye labeo Redeye labeo 
Cypriniformes Cyprinidae Labeo lunatus native Upper Zambezi labeo Upper Zambezi labeo 
Cypriniformes Cyprinidae Labeo molybdinus native Leaden labeo Leaden labeo 
Cypriniformes Cyprinidae Labeo rohita introduced Rohu  
Cypriniformes Cyprinidae Labeo rosae native  Rednose labeo 
Cypriniformes Cyprinidae Labeo ruddi native Silver labeo Silver labeo 
Cypriniformes Cyprinidae Labeobarbus aeneus introduced Smallmouth yellowfish Smallmouth yellowfish 
Cypriniformes Cyprinidae Labeobarbus codringtonii native Upper Zambezi yellowfish Upper Zambezi yellowfish 
Cypriniformes Cyprinidae Labeobarbus marequensis native Largescale yellowfish Largescale yellowfish 
Cypriniformes Cyprinidae Labeobarbus natalensis introduced Scaly  
Perciformes Centrarchidae Lepomis cyanellus not established Green sunfish  
Perciformes Centrarchidae Lepomis macrochirus introduced Bluegill Bluegill sunfish 
Clupeiformes Clupeidae Limnothrissa miodon introduced Lake Tanganyika sardine Lake Tanganyika sardine 
Siluriformes Malapteruridae Malapterurus electricus native Electric catfish Electric catfish 
Siluriformes Malapteruridae Malapterurus zambezensis native   
Osteoglossiformes Mormyridae Marcusenius macrolepidotus macrolepidotus native Bulldog Bulldog 
Synbranchiformes Mastacembelidae Mastacembelus frenatus native Longtail spiny eel Shorttail spiny eel 
Synbranchiformes Mastacembelidae Mastacembelus vanderwaali native Ocellated spiny eel Ocellated spiny eel 
Elopiformes Megalopidae Megalops cyprinoides native Indo-Pacific tarpon  
Cypriniformes Cyprinidae Mesobola brevianalis native River sardine River sardine 
Characiformes Alestidae Micralestes acutidens native Sharptooth tetra Silver robber 
Perciformes Anabantidae Microctenopoma intermedium native  Blackspot climbing perch 
Cyprinodontiformes Poeciliidae Micropanchax johnstoni native Johnston's topminnow Johnston's topminnow 
Syngnathiformes Syngnathidae Microphis fluviatilis native Freshwater pipefish Freshwater pipefish 
Perciformes Centrarchidae Micropterus dolomieu not established Smallmouth bass  
Perciformes Centrarchidae Micropterus punctulatus introduced Spotted bass  
Perciformes Centrarchidae Micropterus salmoides introduced Largemouth bass Largemouth bass 
Osteoglossiformes Mormyridae Mormyrops anguilloides native Cornish jack Cornish jack 
Osteoglossiformes Mormyridae Mormyrus lacerda native Western bottlenose mormyrid Western bottlenose 
Osteoglossiformes Mormyridae Mormyrus longirostris native Eastern bottlenose mormyrid Eastern bottlenose 
Characiformes Citharinidae Nannocharax macropterus native Broad-barred citharine Broadbarred citharine 
Cyprinodontiformes Nothobranchiidae Nothobranchius furzeri native Turquoise killifish Turquoise killifish 
Cyprinodontiformes Nothobranchiidae Nothobranchius orthonotus native Spotted killifish Spotted killifish 
Salmoniformes Salmonidae Oncorhynchus mykiss introduced Rainbow trout Rainbow trout 
Cypriniformes Cyprinidae Opsaridium zambezense native Barred minnow Barred minnow 
Perciformes Cichlidae Oreochromis andersonii native Three spotted tilapia Njinji 
Perciformes Cichlidae Oreochromis macrochir native Longfin tilapia Greenhead tilapia 
Perciformes Cichlidae Oreochromis mortimeri native Kariba tilapia Kariba tilapia 
Perciformes Cichlidae Oreochromis mossambicus native Mozambique tilapia Mozambique tilapia 
Perciformes Cichlidae Oreochromis niloticus niloticus introduced Nile tilapia  
Perciformes Cichlidae Oreochromis placidus placidus native Black tilapia Black tilapia 
Osteoglossiformes Pantodontidae Pantodon buchholzi misidentification Freshwater butterflyfish  
Siluriformes Claroteidae Parauchenoglanis ngamensis native Zambezi grunter Zambezi grunter 
Osteoglossiformes Mormyridae Petrocephalus catostoma catostoma native Churchill Churchill 
Perciformes Cichlidae Pharyngochromis acuticeps native Zambezi bream  
Perciformes Cichlidae Pharyngochromis darlingi native Zambezi happy Zambezi happy 
Osteoglossiformes Mormyridae Pollimyrus castelnaui native Dwarf stonebasher Dwarf stonebasher 
Pristiformes Pristidae Pristis microdon native Largetooth sawfish Chinyabanga 
Lepidosireniformes Protopteridae Protopterus annectens brieni native Southern lungfish Ikana 
Perciformes Cichlidae Pseudocrenilabrus philander philander native Southern mouthbrooder Southern mouthbrooder 
Characiformes Alestidae Rhabdalestes maunensis native Okavango robber Slender robber 
Characiformes Alestidae Rhabdalestes rhodesiensis native Slender robber  
Salmoniformes Salmonidae Salmo trutta trutta introduced Sea trout Brown trout 
Salmoniformes Salmonidae Salvelinus fontinalis introduced Brook trout  
Perciformes Cichlidae Sargochromis carlottae native Rainbow happy Rainbow happy 
Perciformes Cichlidae Sargochromis codringtonii native Green happy Green happy 
Perciformes Cichlidae Sargochromis giardi native Pink happy Pink happy 
Siluriformes Schilbeidae Schilbe intermedius native Silver catfish  
Siluriformes Schilbeidae Schilbe mystus native African butter catfish Silver catfish 
Siluriformes Schilbeidae Schilbe yangambianus native Yangambi butterbarbel  
Perciformes Cichlidae Serranochromis angusticeps native Thinface cichlid Thinface largemouth 
Perciformes Cichlidae Serranochromis longimanus native Longfin largemouth Longfin largemouth 
Perciformes Cichlidae Serranochromis macrocephalus native Purpleface largemouth Purpleface largemouth 
Perciformes Cichlidae Serranochromis robustus jallae native Nembwe  
Perciformes Cichlidae Serranochromis thumbergi native Brownspot largemouth Brownspot largemouth 
Siluriformes Mochokidae Synodontis leopardina native Leopard squeaker Leopard squeaker 
Siluriformes Mochokidae Synodontis nebulosa native Cloudy squeaker Clouded squeaker 
Siluriformes Mochokidae Synodontis nigromaculata native Blackspotted squeaker Spotted squeaker 
Siluriformes Mochokidae Synodontis njassae native Malawi squeaker  
Siluriformes Mochokidae Synodontis woosnami native Upper Zambezi squeaker Upper Zambezi squeaker 
Siluriformes Mochokidae Synodontis zambezensis native Plain squeaker Brown squeaker 
Perciformes Cichlidae Tilapia jallae native   
Perciformes Cichlidae Tilapia rendalli native Redbreast tilapia Redbreast tilapia 
Perciformes Cichlidae Tilapia ruweti native Okavango tilapia Okavango tilapia 
Perciformes Cichlidae Tilapia sparrmanii native Banded tilapia Banded tilapia 
Cypriniformes Cyprinidae Tinca tinca introduced Tench  
Cypriniformes Cyprinidae Varicorhinus pungweensis native Pungwe chiselmouth Pungwe chiselmouth 
Siluriformes Amphiliidae Zaireichthys rotundiceps native Spotted sand catlet Spotted sand catlet 

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