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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Siluriformes
Family: Amphiliidae
Subfamily: Doumeinae
Genus: Phractura
Boulenger, 1900
Type species
Peltura bovei
Perugia, 1892

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  • Peltura Perugia, 1892 (also used for a genus of trilobites)
  • Paraphractura Boulenger, 1902

Phractura is a genus of loach catfishes (order Siluriformes) that occur in Africa.

Phractura species are elongated fish with a long caudal peduncle and bony scutes on the sides, back, and belly.[1] Phractura species are often associated with vegetation.[1] Phractura species, like other genera in Doumeinae, have a mouth modified into a suckermouth that allows it to clean to the objects and scrape the surface of the substrate.[2]


There are currently 13 recognized species in this genus:[3]


  1. ^ a b Skelton, Paul H. (1992). "Amphiliidae (French)" (PDF). Faune des poissons d'eaux douces et saumâtres d'Afrique de l'Ouest. Tome 2. Musée Royal de l'Afrique Centrale, Tervuren, Belgique and O.R.S.T.O.M., Paris, France, 902. pp. 450–467. 
  2. ^ Diogo, Rui; Oliveira, Claudia; Chardon, Michel (January 2000). "On the anatomy and function of the cephalic structures in Phractura (Siluriformes: Amphiliidae), with comments on some striking homoplasies occurring between the Doumeinae and some loricaroid catfishes" (PDF). Belg. J. Zool. 130 (1): 117–130. 
  3. ^ Froese, Rainer, and Daniel Pauly, eds. (2011). Species of Phractura in FishBase. December 2011 version.
  4. ^ Skelton, Paul H. (2007). "New species of the amphiliid catfish genera Amphilius, Doumea and Phractura and the taxonomy of Paramphilius from West Central Africa (Siluriformes, Amphiliidae)" (PDF). Zootaxa. 1578: 41–68.