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Species in the family or subfamily Protopteridae: [ 11 ] records


aethiopicus, Protopterus Heckel [J. J.] 1851:689 [5] [Sitzungsberichte der Kaiserlichen Akademie der Wissenschaften. Mathematisch-Naturwissenschaftliche Classe v. 6 (pt 2); ref. 18257] White Nile, Sudan. Holotype (unique): NMW (not found in 1995). On p. 5 of separate. Genus misspelled Propterus in original description. •Valid as Protopterus aethiopicus Heckel 1851, subspecies aethiopicus -- (Seegers et al. 2003:28 [ref. 28087]). •Valid as Protopterus aethiopicus Heckel 1851 -- (Gosse 1984:12 [ref. 6169], Poll & Gosse 1995:77 [ref. 24781], Seegers 1996:57 [ref. 23725], De Vos et al. 2001:129, 131 [ref. 26059], Kullander & Roberts 2012:362 [ref. 31751], Neumann et al. 2016:303 [ref. 35036], Skelton 2019:230 [ref. 36564]). Current status: Valid as Protopterus aethiopicus Heckel 1851. Protopteridae. Distribution: Africa: Nile River, Lake Victoria, Lake Tanganyika. Habitat: freshwater.

amphibia, Rhinocryptis Peters [W. (C. H.)] 1844:414 [Bericht über die zur Bekanntmachung geeigneten Verhandlungen der Königlichen Preussischen Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Berlin 1844; ref. 3447] Quellimane, Mozambique. Syntypes: ?NMW 63436 (1); MZUF (2); ZMB 1-4 (1, 1, 1, 2), ZMB 15797 (1, poor condition), 20758 (1), 31668 [ex ZMB 14315] (1), 31669 [ex ZMB 14288] (1), 31670 [ex ZMB 14318] (bones), 31671 [ex ZMB 14317] (1), ? BMNH 1858.6.18.11 (1). •Valid as Protopterus amphibius (Peters 1844) -- (Gosse 1984:15 [ref. 6169], Skelton 1993:91 [ref. 24071], Poll & Gosse 1995:77 [ref. 24781], Seegers 1996:57 [ref. 23725], Skelton 2001:91 [ref. 27406], Seegers et al. 2003:28 [ref. 28087] as aff. amphibius). Current status: Valid as Protopterus amphibius (Peters 1844). Protopteridae. Distribution: Coastal lower Zambezi and eastern Africa. Habitat: freshwater.

anguilliformis, Protopterus Owen [R.] 1841:332 [The Transactions of the Linnean Society of London v. 18 (pt 3) (art. 20); ref. 18504] Not available, manuscript name mentioned in synonymy. •In the synonymy of Protopterus annectens (Owen 1839) -- (Gosse 1984:8, 10 [ref. 6169]). Nomen Nudum. Current status: Synonym of Protopterus annectens (Owen 1839). Protopteridae.

annectens, Lepidosiren Owen [R.] 1839:27, 32 [Proceedings of the Linnean Society of London 1839 [v. 1]; ref. 3322] Gambia River, western Africa. Holotype (unique): RCSE uncat. (not found). Detailed description with figures appeared in Owen 1840 [ref. 18504]. It is uncertain whether the holotype is/was deposited at RCSE or RCSHC. •Valid as Protopterus annectens (Owen 1839) -- (Herrera 1896:76 [ref. 39336], Gosse 1984:8, 10 [ref. 6169], Lévêque et al. 1989:113 [ref. 26480], Paugy & Bénech 1989:298 [ref. 26478], Lévêque in Lévêque et al. 1990:76 [ref. 21589], Skelton 1993:90 [ref. 24071], Poll & Gosse 1995:77 [ref. 24781], Seegers 1996:57 [ref. 23725], Seegers et al. 2003:28 [ref. 28087] as aff. annectens, Dankwa et al. 1999:11 [ref. 28023], Snoeks 2004:20 [ref. 28111], Marshall 2011:38 [ref. 31755] with 2 subspecies). Current status: Valid as Protopterus annectens (Owen 1839). Protopteridae. Distribution: Africa: Senegal to southern Sudan (subspecies annectens) and midde Zambian Congo and Zambezi system (subspecies brieni). Habitat: freshwater.

arnaudii, Lepidosiren Castelnau [F. L.] 1855:105 [Animaux nouveaux or rares v. 2; ref. 766] White Nile, Sudan. Holotype (unique): MNHN 0000-5912. •Synonym of Protopterus aethiopicus Heckel 1851 -- (Gosse 1984:12, 13 [ref. 6169]). Current status: Synonym of Protopterus aethiopicus Heckel 1851. Protopteridae. Habitat: freshwater.

brieni, Protopterus annectens Poll [M.] 1961:41, Pl. 5 (figs. B-C) [Annales, Musée Royal de l'Afrique Centrale, Tervuren, Série in 8o, Sciences Zoologiques No. 103; ref. 17954] Kasenga, Luapula River, Congo basin. Holotype: MRAC 37789. Paratypes: ?BMNH 1953.6.24.6 (1); IRSNB 443-445 (8, 2, 2); MRAC 49290-93 (4), 49294-95 (1, 1), 78082-83 (2), 128437 (1), 128441-42 (1, 1). Type catalog: Walschaerts 1987:6-7 [ref. 20755], Derijst 1991:64 [ref. 21528]. •Synonym of Protopterus annectens (Owen 1839), but a valid subspecies as described -- (Gosse 1984:11 [ref. 6169], Lévêque in Lévêque et al. 1990:77 [ref. 21589], Skelton 1993:90 [ref. 24071], Seegers 1996:58 [ref. 23725], Skelton 2001:90 [ref. 27406], De Vos et al. 2001:131 [ref. 26059], Snoeks 2004:20 [ref. 28111], Marshall 2011:38 [ref. 31755]). Current status: Synonym of Protopterus annectens (Owen 1839). Protopteridae. Habitat: freshwater.

congicus, Protopterus aethiopicus Poll [M.] 1961:14, Pl. 1 (figs. B-C) [Annales, Musée Royal de l'Afrique Centrale, Tervuren, Série in 8o, Sciences Zoologiques No. 103; ref. 17954] Katanga, Kalombo, Central Africa. Holotype: MRAC 78699. Paratypes: (16, but numbering system confusing) MRAC 19978 (1), 30544 (1), 30545-46 (2), 49300 (1), 49304 (1), 49308 (1), 49309-312 (4), 49312 (1), 78700 (1), 78712 (1), ?78720 (1) ?78726 (1). Type catalog: Derijst 1991:64 [ref. 21528]. •Synonym of Protopterus aethiopicus Heckel 1851, but a valid subspecies as described -- (Gosse 1984:14 [ref. 6169]). Current status: Synonym of Protopterus aethiopicus Heckel 1851. Protopteridae. Habitat: freshwater.

dolloi, Protopterus Boulenger [G. A.] 1900:155, Pl. 56 [Annales du Musee du Congo (Ser. Zoology) v. 1 (fasc. 6); ref. 555] New Antwerp, Congo, Africa. Syntypes: BMNH 1899.2.20.34 (1), MRAC 163-164 (1, 1). •Valid as Protopterus dolloi Boulenger 1900 -- (Gosse 1984:16 [ref. 6169], Poll & Gosse 1995:77 [ref. 24781], Seegers 1996:57 [ref. 23725], Boden 2007:166 [ref. 30013], Skelton 2019:230 [ref. 36564], Stiassny et al. 2021:1686 [ref. 39000], Fermon et al. 2022:310 [ref. 39448], Walsh et al. 2022:[5] [ref. 39281]). Current status: Valid as Protopterus dolloi Boulenger 1900. Protopteridae. Distribution: Western-central Africa: Gabon, and lower and middle Congo River basin. Habitat: freshwater.

mesmaekersi, Protopterus aethiopicus Poll [M.] 1961:12, Pl. 1 (fig. A) [Annales, Musée Royal de l'Afrique Centrale, Tervuren, Série in 8o, Sciences Zoologiques No. 103; ref. 17954] Ile de Mateba (Boma), Lower Congo River, Democratic Republic of Congo. Holotype: MRAC 78698. Paratypes: MRAC 55779 (1), 78689-90 (1, 1), 78691-94 (4), 78695-97 (3), 98807 (1). Type catalog: Derijst 1991:64 [ref. 21528]. •Synonym of Protopterus aethiopicus Heckel 1851, but a valid subspecies as described -- (Gosse 1984:15 [ref. 6169]). Current status: Synonym of Protopterus aethiopicus Heckel 1851. Protopteridae. Habitat: freshwater.

rhinocryptis, Protopterus Gray [J. E.] 1850:63 [Catalog of the specimens of Amphibia in the collection of British Museum. Part II; ref. 20031] Quillemane, Mozambique. No types known. Based on literature sources; an editorial remark in the original description says, "The same as the preceding [annectens]. Dr. Melville." Name not in current literature; perhaps can be considered as a name published in synonymy and not available. Protopteridae.

tobal, Lepidosiren Castelnau [F. L.] (ex Adanson) 1855:105 [Animaux nouveaux or rares v. 2; ref. 766] Oualet, Senegal. Holotype (unique): MNHN 0000-8033 or A-8033. •Synonym of Protopterus annectens (Owen 1839) -- (Gosse 1984:8, 10 [ref. 6169]). Current status: Synonym of Protopterus annectens (Owen 1839). Protopteridae. Habitat: freshwater.


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