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Kneria angolensis
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Gonorhynchiformes
Family: Kneriidae

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The Kneriidae are a small family of freshwater gonorhynchiform fishes native to Africa.

They typically live in fast-flowing highland streams, and are small fish, no more than 15 cm (5.9 in) in length. Some species are sexually dimorphic, with the male possessing a rosette on the gill covers that is absent in the females. Other species are neotenic, retaining larval features into adulthood.[1]


About 30 species are in four genera:[2]


  1. ^ Banister, Keith F. (1998). Paxton, J.R.; Eschmeyer, W.N., eds. Encyclopedia of Fishes. San Diego: Academic Press. p. 97. ISBN 0-12-547665-5. 
  2. ^ Froese, Rainer, and Daniel Pauly, eds. (2011). "Kneriidae" in FishBase. June 2011 version.