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Petrocephalus boboto Lavoué and Sullivan (2014) Zookeys.jpg
Petrocephalus boboto
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Osteoglossiformes
Family: Mormyridae
Subfamily: Petrocephalinae
Genus: Petrocephalus
Marcusen, 1854
Type species
Mormyrus bane
Lacépède, 1803

Petrocephalus is a genus of fish in the family Mormyridae. All the fish species of this genus are endemic to Africa.[1]


There are currently 46 recognized species in this genus:


  1. ^ Froese, Rainer, and Daniel Pauly, eds. (2016). Species of Petrocephalus in FishBase. January 2016 version.
  2. ^ a b Lavoué, S. & Sullivan, J.P. (2014): Petrocephalus boboto and Petrocephalus arnegardi, two new species of African electric fish (Osteoglossomorpha, Mormyridae) from the Congo River basin. ZooKeys, 400: 43–65.
  3. ^ Lavoué, S. (2012): Petrocephalus Marcusen, 1854 (Osteoglossomorpha: Mormyridae) of the Bangweulu-Mweru ecoregion (Luapula River system, Congo basin), with the description of a new species. Journal of Natural History, 46 (35-36): 2159-2178.
  4. ^ Lavoué, S. (2016): Petrocephalus leo, a new species of African electric fish (Osteoglossomorpha: Mormyridae) from the Oubangui River basin (Congo basin). Zootaxa, 4121 (3): 319–330.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g Kramer, B., Bills, R., Skelton, P. & Wink, M. (2012): A critical revision of the churchill snoutfish, genus Petrocephalus Marcusen, 1854 (Actinopterygii: Teleostei: Mormyridae), from southern and eastern Africa, with the recognition of Petrocephalus tanensis, and the description of five new species. Journal of Natural History, 46 (35-36): 2179-2258.
  6. ^ Lavoué, S. (2011): A new species of Petrocephalus Marcusen 1854 (Osteoglossomorpha: Mormyridae) from the Sanaga River basin, Cameroon. Zootaxa, 2934: 20-28.