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Parachanna africana after boulenger 1916.jpg
P. africana
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Perciformes
Family: Channidae
Genus: Parachanna
Teugels & Daget, 1984
Type species
Ophiocephalus obscurus
Günther, 1861

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Parachanna is a genus of snakeheads native to tropical Africa. One fossil species, Parachanna fayumensis,Murray, 2006 dated to the Upper Eocene and Lower Oligocene is known from the Jebel Qatrani Formation of the Fayum Depression, Egypt.


The three recognized extant species in this genus are:[1]


  1. ^ Froese, Rainer, and Daniel Pauly, eds. (2013). Species of Parachanna in FishBase. February 2013 version.