Hepsetus occidentalis

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Taxonavigation: Characiformes 

Superregnum: Eukaryota
Cladus: Unikonta
Cladus: Opisthokonta
Cladus: Holozoa
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Superphylum: Deuterostomia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Infraphylum: Gnathostomata
Megaclassis: Osteichthyes
Superclassis/Classis: Actinopterygii
Classis/Subclassis: Actinopteri
Subclassis/Infraclassis: Neopterygii
Infraclassis: Teleostei
Megacohors: Osteoglossocephalai
Supercohors: Clupeocephala
Cohors: Otomorpha
Subcohors: Ostariophysi
Sectio: Otophysa
Ordo: Characiformes

Familia: Hepsetidae
Genus: Hepsetus
Species: Hepsetus occidentalis



Hepsetus occidentalis Decru et al., 2013

  • Holotype: MRAC B0-16-P-1.
  • Paratypes: MRAC 92-059-P-0649, 73-10-P-978, 73-5-P-451-452 (2), 73-5-P-449.

Type locality: Gambie, Riv. Gambie, vill. Kani Kunda.

Etymology: The Latin adjective occidentalis means 'western' or 'westerly', and refers to the distribution of this species, which is the westernmost species of the genus.


  • Decru, E., Vreven, E. & Snoeks, J.; 2012: A revision of the West African Hepsetus (Characiformes; Hepsetidae) with a description of H. akawo sp. nov. and a redescription of H. odoe (Bloch, 1794). Journal of Natural History, 46: 1–23. Reference page.  [fig. 4 as H. odoe = Hepsetus occidentalis]
  • Decru, E., Snoeks, J. & Vreven, E.; 2013: The true identity of the holotype of Hepsetus odoe and the names of the two West African species of Hepsetus (Teleostei: Hepsetidae). Ichthyological Exploration of Freshwaters, 24 (2): 187–192.