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South Africa Fish Check List & Species Guide

 
The Fish Species of South Africa
Travel Writer: EcoTravel Africa  
 

220 freshwater fishes occur in South Africa, of which 21 are threatened. There are more than 2 000 marine fish species, for which no information is available about threatened species. Many fish species are of economic importance. Most of the small barbels are valuable aquarium species, while the majority of the larger species are important angling species. The Tigerfish (Hydrocynus vittatus) is well known for the vigorous fight which it gives to the angler.

Scientific Name Common Name
PROTOPTERIDAE
Protopterus annectens
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Lungfish
Longvis
MORMYRIDAE
Marcusenius macrolepidotus
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Bulldog
Snawelvis / Boelhondvis
Petrocephalus wesselsi
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Southern churchill
Suidelike snawelvis
ANGUILLIDAE
Anguilla mossambica
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Longfin eel
Geelbek-paling
Anguilla bengalensis labiata
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African mottled eel
Afrika-bontpaling
Anguilla marmorata
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Giant mottled eel
Reus-bontpaling
CYPRINIDAE
Mesobola brevianalis
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River sardine
Riviersardyn
Opsaridium peringueyi
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Southern barred minnow
Suidelike balkghieliemientjie
Barbus annectens
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Broadstriped barb
Brëestreep-ghieliemientjie
Barbus unitaeniatus
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Longbeard barb
Langbaard-ghieliemientjie
Barbus viviparus
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Bowstripe barb
Boogstreep-ghieliemientjie
Barbus toppini
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East coast barb
Ooskus-ghieliemientjie
Barbus radiatus
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Beira barb
Beira-ghieliemientjie
Barbus trimaculatus
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Threespot barb
Driekol-ghieliemientjie

Barbus eutaenia
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Orangefin barb
Oranjevlerk-ghieliemientjie

Barbus argenteus
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Rosefin barb
Roosvlerk-ghieliemientjie

Barbus paludinosus
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Straightfin barb
Lynvin, Moeras -ghieliemientjie
Barbus mattozi
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Bushveld papermouth
Bosveld Papierbek / Silwervis
Barbus afrohamiltoni
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Hamilton's barb
Hamilton se ghieliemientjie
Labeobarbus maraquensis
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Lowveld largescale yellowfish
Laeveld Grootskub-geelvis
Labeo rosae
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Rednose labeo
Rooineus-moddervis
Labeo ruddi
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Silver labeo
Silwer-moddervis
Labeo congoro
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Purple labeo
Rooiskub-moddervis
Labeo cylindricus
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Redeye labeo
Rooioog-moddervis
Labeo molybdinus
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Leaden labeo
Loodvis
* Cyprinus carpio
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Carp
Karp
* Hypophthalmichthys molitrix
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Silver carp
Silwerkarp
CHARACIDAE
Brycinus imberi
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Imberi, Spot-tailed robber
Imberi, Kolstert rower
Micralestes acutidens
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Silver robber
Silwer-rower
Hydrocynus vittatus
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Tigerfish
Tiervis
AMPHILIIDAE
Amphilius uranoscopus
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Common or Stargazer mountain catfish
Gewone bergbaber
SCHILBEIDAE
Schilbe intermedius
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Silver catfish, Butter barbel
Silwerbaber, Botterbarber, Makriel
CLARIIDAE
Clarias gariepinus
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Sharptooth catfish
Skerptandbaber
MOCHOKIDAE
Chiloglanis anoterus
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Pennant-tailed suckermouth
Wimpelstertsuierbekkie
Chiloglanis paratus
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Sawfin suckermouth
Saagvin-suierbekkie
Chiloglanis pretoriae
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Shortspine suckermouth
Kortstekel-suierbekkie

Chiloglanis swierstrai
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Lowveld suckermouth
Laeveldse suierbekkie
Synodontis zambezensis
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Brown squeaker
Bruin skreeubaber
APLOCHEILIDAE
Nothobranchius orthonotus
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Spotted killifish
Spikkel-kuilvissie
Notobranchus rachovii
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Rainbow killifish
Reënboog-kuilvissie
CYPRINODONTIDAE
Aplocheilichthys johnstoni
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ohnston's topminnow
Johnston se lampogie
CICHLIDAE
Pseudocrenilabrus philander
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Southern mouthbrooder
Suidelike mondbroeier
Chetia brevis
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Orange-fringed largemouth
Oranjerand-kurper
Serranochromis meridianus
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Lowveld largemouth
Laeveld-kurper
Tilapia sparrmanii
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Banded tilapia
Vleikurper, Gebande tilapia
Tilapia rendalli
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Redbreast tilapia
Rooiborskurper
Oreochromis mossambicus
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Mozambique tilapia
Bloukurper
*Oreochromis niloticus
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Nile tilapia
Nylkurp
SPARIDAE
Acanthopagrus berda
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Riverbream
Slimjannie
GOBIIDAE
Awaous aeneofuscus
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Freshwater goby
Varswater-dikkop
Glossogobius callidus
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River goby
Rivier-dikkop
Glossogobius giuris
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Tank Goby
Tenk-dikkop
CARCHARHINIDAE
Carcharhinus leucas
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Bull shark, Zambezi shark
Bulhaai, Zambezihaai

South African fish species

 

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