Notes on our classification & how to cite

This site uses a classification that follows Eschmeyer's Catalog of Fishes (September, 2021) with the following exceptions:

We recognize Campylomormyrus compressirostris (Pellegrin, 1924) as a valid species following Feulner et al. (2007).

Hippopotamyrus weeksii (Boulenger, 1902) is treated as Cyphomyrus weeksii (Boulenger, 1902).

Hippopotamyrus retrodoralis (Nichols & Griscom, 1917) is treated as Paramormyrops retrodorsalis (Nichols & Griscom, 1917).

Pollimyrus kingsleyae eburneensis Bigorne, 1990 is treated as Pollimyrus eburneensis (Bigorne, 1990)

Brienomyrus tavernei Poll, 1972 is treated as Paramormyrops tavernei (Poll, 1972)

Petrocephalus guttatus Fowler, 1936 is treated as Pollimyrus guttatus (Fowler, 1936)

Pollimyrus isidori fasciaticeps (Boulenger, 1920) is treated as Pollimyrus fasciaticeps (Boulenger, 1920)

Pollimyrus isidori osborni (Nichols & Griscom, 1917) is treated at Pollimyrus osborni (Nichols & Griscom, 1917)


Please cite this Scratchpad as follows:

Sullivan, J.P. and Lavoué, S. (year accessed) Mormyridae - African Weakly Electric Fishes Scratchpad. Accessed at http://mormyrids.myspecies.info on date accessed.

For a particular piece of content (text or image), look for author/license holder on the page and cite as follows:

Author(s). (Year accessed). Mormyridae - African Weakly Electric Fishes Scratchpad. Accessed at URL of page on date accessed.


Mintotom mi ne vé ? means "where are the mormyrids?" in the Fang language of Gabon.  The singular word for "mormyrid" in Fang is "ntotom."

Scratchpads developed and conceived by (alphabetical): Ed Baker, Katherine Bouton Alice Heaton Dimitris Koureas, Laurence Livermore, Dave Roberts, Simon Rycroft, Ben Scott, Vince Smith