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Taxonavigation: Siluriformes 

Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Superphylum: Deuterostomia
Phylum: Chordata
Cladus: Craniata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Infraphylum: Gnathostomata
Megaclassis/Superclassis: Osteichthyes
Superclassis/Classis: Actinopterygii
Classis/Subclassis: Actinopteri
Subclassis/Infraclassis: Neopterygii
Infraclassis: Teleostei
Megacohors: Osteoglossocephalai
Supercohors: Clupeocephala
Cohors: Otomorpha
Subcohors: Ostariophysi
Series: Otophysi
Ordo: Siluriformes

Familia: Mochokidae
Subfamilia: Mochokinae
Genus: Acanthocleithron
Species: A. chapini


Etymology: The generic name is a combination from the Latin acanthus (= thorny), and cleithrum, the large bone that extends from the base of the pectoral fin and forms the posterior edge of the gill chamber. It's named so because of the spinous projection above the base of the pectoral spine.


  • Nichols, J.T. and L. Griscom 1917: Fresh-water fishes of the Congo basin obtained by the American Museum Congo expedition, 1909-1915. Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History, 37 (25): 653–756, Pls. 64-83. PDF
  • Vigliotta, T.R. 2008: A phylogenetic study of the African catfish family Mochokidae (Osteichthyes, Ostariophysi, Siluriformes), with a key to genera. Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia, 157: 73–136.