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electricus, Silurus Gmelin [J. F.] 1789:1354 [Caroli a Linné ... Systema Naturae per regna tria naturae v. 1 (pt 3); ref. 18139] Nile River at Banhā, Egypt, 30°28'N 31°11'E. Neotype: BMNH 1907.12.2.2547. Type catalog: Ferraris 2007:301 [ref. 29155]. Neotype designated by Poll & Gosse 1969:5 [ref. 19535]. Placed on the Official List as type of Malapterurus (ICZN Direction 57). Based on 'Silurus pinna dorsali unica adiposa, cirris sex' of Broussonet 1782 [ref. 17287], and on Raja torpedo (non Linnaeus 1758) of Forsskål 1775:viii, 15 [ref. 1351] from River Nile. •Valid as Malapterurus electricus (Gmelin 1789) -- (Gosse 1986:102 [ref. 6194], Burgess 1989:157 [ref. 12860], Lévêque et al. 1989:119 [ref. 26480], Paugy & Bénech 1989:303 [ref. 26478], Paugy et al. 1990:340 [ref. 26477], Teugels in Lévêque et al. 1992:497 [ref. 21590], Skelton 1993:238 [ref. 24071], Poll & Gosse 1995:89 [ref. 24781], Roberts 2000:5 [ref. 24300], De Vos et al. 2001:130, 131 [ref. 26059], Norris 2002:32 [ref. 27470], Seegers et al. 2003:38 [ref. 28087], Ferraris 2007:301 [ref. 29155], Ferraris 2007:301 [ref. 29155], Fricke 2008:18 [ref. 30182], Neumann et al. 2016:306 [ref. 35036]). Current status: Valid as Malapterurus electricus (Gmelin 1789). Malapteruridae. Distribution: Nile River basin and western African rivers south of the Niger River basin. Habitat: freshwater.