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Brycinus longipinnis
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Characiformes
Superfamily: Alestioidea
Family: Alestidae

African tetras (family Alestidae, formerly spelled Alestiidae) are a group of characiform fish exclusively found in Africa.[1] This family contains about 18 genera and 119 species. Among the best known members are the Congo tetra, and African tigerfish.


  1. ^ Nelson, Joseph S. (2006). Fishes of the World. John Wiley & Sons, Inc. ISBN 0-471-25031-7