Centromochlus (Sauronglanis)

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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: Auchenipteridae
Subfamilia: Centromochlinae
Genus: Centromochlus
Subgenus: Centromochlus (Sauronglanis)
Species: C. (S.) carolae – C. (S.) marthae – C. (S.) melanoleucus – C. (S.) musaicus


Centromochlus (Sauronglanis) Grant, 2015

Etymology: Sauronglanis is derived from the Maia and Dark Lord, Sauron, the main antagonist in J. R. R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings trilogy, and Greek, glanis = a catfish. The name has been given in allusion to the dark or black colouration of the species being similar to the Dark Lord, the large eyes of the genus in allusion to the Eye of Sauron, and the relationship between it and two of the Lord of the Ring's based subgenera described here.

Vernacular names[edit]

English: Sauron Catfish


  • Grant, S., 2015: Four new subgenera of Centromochlus Kner, 1858 with comments on the boundaries of some related genera (Siluriformes: Auchenipteridae: Centromochlinae). Ichthyofile 3: 1–16.