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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Characiformes
Family: Hepsetidae
C. L. Hubbs, 1939
Genus: Hepsetus
Swainson, 1838
Type species
Salmo odoe
Bloch, 1794
  • Hydrocyonoides Castelnau, 1861
  • Sarcodaces Günther, 1864

Hepsetus is a genus of African fishes, the African pikes, in the characin order, Characiformes. It is the sole genus in the family Hepsetidae. It was long believed that only a single widespread species existed, H. odoe, but studies in 2011-2013 have shown that this species is restricted to Upper Guinea in West Africa. The well-known species of southern Africa, including Kafue River, is Hepsetus cuvieri.[1][2][3][4]


Traditionally, only H. odoe was recognized. The following species are now recognized:[1][3][4][5][6]


  1. ^ a b c d Zengeya, T. A., Decru, E. and Vreven, E. (2011). Revalidation of Hepsetus cuvieri (Castelnau, 1861) (Characiformes: Hepsetidae) from the Quanza, Zambezi and southern part of the Congo ichthyofauna provinces. Journal of Natural History 45 (nos. 27-28): 1723-1744.
  2. ^ a b Decru, E., Vreven, E., and Snoeksa, J. (2011). A revision of the West African Hepsetus (Characiformes: Hepsetidae) with a description of Hepsetus akawo sp. nov. and a redescription of Hepsetus odoe (Bloch, 1794). Journal of Natural History, 46 (1-2):
  3. ^ a b c d e f Decru, E., Vreven, E. & Snoeks, J. (2013): A revision of the Lower Guinean Hepsetus species (Characiformes; Hepsetidae) with the description of Hepsetus kingsleyae sp. nov. Journal of Fish Biology, 82: 1351–1375.
  4. ^ a b c d e f Decru, E., Snoeks, J. & Vreven, E. (2013): The true identity of the holotype of Hepsetus odoe and the names of the two West African species of Hepsetus (Teleostei: Hepsetidae). Ichthyological Exploration of Freshwaters, 24 (2): 187-192.
  5. ^ Froese, Rainer, and Daniel Pauly, eds. (2013). Species of Hepsetus in FishBase. October 2013 version.
  6. ^ a b Eschmeyer, W. N. (ed). Family Hepsetidae., Catalog of Fishes. Retrieved 31 May 2014.
  7. ^ Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2014). "Hepsetus kingsleyae" in FishBase. May 2014 version.
  8. ^ Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2014). "Hepsetus lineata" in FishBase. May 2014 version.