Petrocephalus frieli

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Taxonavigation: Osteoglossiformes 

Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Superphylum: Deuterostomia
Phylum: Chordata
Cladus: Craniata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Infraphylum: Gnathostomata
Megaclassis: Osteichthyes
Superclassis/Classis: Actinopterygii
Classis/Subclassis: Actinopteri
Subclassis/Infraclassis: Neopterygii
Infraclassis: Teleostei
Megacohors: Osteoglossocephalai
Supercohort: Osteoglossocephala
Cohort/Superordo: Osteoglossomorpha
Ordo: Osteoglossiformes

Familia: Mormyridae
Genus: Petrocephalus
Species: Petrocephalus frieli


Holotype: CU 96866. Paratypes (10): CU 91152 (5), 91140 (1), 91144 (3), 91146 (1).

Type locality: Zambia (Northern province on label), Congo basin, Luapula River, Samfa Rapids at pontoon on Chambeshi River, Chambeshi River, 10.85°S, 31.17°E.[1]

Etymology: The species is dedicated to Dr John P. Friel, curator at the Cornell University Museum of Vertebrates (CUMV), in recognition of his contribution to African ichthyology and for his care of the large collection of African electric fish deposited at CUMV. In addition, John P. Friel is one of the collectors of this species.


  • Lavoué, S.; 2012: Petrocephalus Marcusen, 1854 (Osteoglossomorpha: Mormyridae) of the Bangweulu-Mweru ecoregion (Luapula River system, Congo basin), with the description of a new species. Journal of Natural History, 46 (35-36): 2159–2178. DOI: 10.1080/00222933.2012.708449