Family Notopteridae - Featherbacks or knifefishes
  Order
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  Class
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Actinopterygii
No. in FishBase
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Genera : 4 | Species : 10 Eschmeyer's Catalog of Fishes
  Environment
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Fresh : Yes | Brackish : Yes | Marine : No
  Division
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Primary freshwater
  Aquarium
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some
  First Fossil Record
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  Remark
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Chiefly freshwater; sometimes in brackish water. Distribution: Africa (2) and Southeast Asia (2). Small quill-like dorsal fin (absent in Xenomystus) and long-based anal fin confluent with small caudal fin. Combined anal and caudal rays 100 or more. Pelvic fins, when present, small with 3-6 rays. No subopercle. Scales in lateral line 120-180. Scutes along ventral 25-45. Maximum length 80 cm. Small specimens are popular with home aquarists and large adults are exhibited in public aquaria. Most are used for food in their native ranges (Ref. 4537).
  Etymology
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Greek, noton = back + Greek, pteron = wing, fin
  Reproductive guild
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guarders
  Typical activity level
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sluggish
  Main Ref
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  Coordinator
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  Deep Fin Classification
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Osteichthyes | Actinopterygii | Actinopteri | Neopterygii | Teleostei | Osteoglossocephalai | Osteoglossocephala | Osteoglossomorpha | Osteoglossiformes | Notopteridae

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Glossary
[ e.g. cephalopods]


Species/Synonymy list for the family Notopteridae as currently in FishBase

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This list uses some data from Catalog of Fishes (not shown but used to sort names).

In the column CofF, the digit indicates the status of synchronization with CofF: 0: Not checked; 1: Same status;   2: Different status;   3: Other combination;   4: Synonym in CofF;   5: Species/Subspecies issue;   6: Synonym of another species in CofF;   7: Not in CofF;   8: Should not be in CofF. The CofF version currently used is the one published on 23-07-2014 (Ref. 97102).

The list ordered as follows:

Please send comments and corrections if you detect errors or missing names.

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Scientifc name Status Senior/Junior synonym Combination CofF
Notopterus notopterus (Pallas, 1769)
acceptedseniornew
Notopterus primaevus Günther, 1876
synonymjuniororiginal
Gymnotus notopterus Pallas, 1769
synonymseniororiginal2
Notopterus kapirat Lacepède, 1800
synonymjuniororiginal2
Mystus kapirat (Lacepède, 1800)
synonymjuniornew
! Notopterus kopirot Lacepède, 1800
synonymjuniororiginal
Clupea synura Bloch & Schneider, 1801
synonymjuniororiginal2
Mystus badgee Sykes, 1839
synonymjuniororiginal2
Notopterus pallasii Valenciennes, 1848
synonymjuniororiginal2
Notopterus bontianus Valenciennes, 1848
synonymjuniororiginal2
Notopterus osmani Rahimullah & Das, 1991
synonymjuniororiginal2
Xenomystus nigri (Günther, 1868)
acceptedseniornew
Notopterus nigri Günther, 1868
synonymseniororiginal2
Notopterus nili Steindachner, 1881
synonymjuniororiginal2
Chitala chitala (Hamilton, 1822)
acceptedseniornew
Mystus chitala Hamilton, 1822
synonymseniororiginal2
Notopterus chitala (Hamilton, 1822)
synonymseniornew
! Chitala cliltula (Hamilton, 1822)
synonymseniornew
! Notopterus chilata (Hamilton, 1822)
synonymseniornew
Notopterus maculatus Valenciennes, 1832
synonymjuniororiginal2
Notopterus buchanani Valenciennes, 1848
synonymjuniororiginal2
Chitala lopis (non Bleeker, 1851)
misappliedmisappliedmisapplied
Chitala ornata (Gray, 1831)
acceptedseniornew
Notopterus ocellifer Bleeker, 1865
synonymotheroriginal
synonymseniororiginal2
! Chitara ornata (Gray, 1831)
synonymseniornew
Notopterus chitala (non Hamilton, 1822)
misappliedmisappliedmisapplied
Notopterus buchanani (non Valenciennes, 1848)
misappliedmisappliedmisapplied
Chitala borneensis (Bleeker, 1851)
acceptedseniornew
Notopterus borneensis Bleeker, 1851
synonymseniororiginal2
Notopterus maculosus Bleeker, 1851
synonymjuniororiginal2
Chitala hypselonotus (Bleeker, 1851)
acceptedseniornew
synonymseniororiginal1
Chitala lopis (Bleeker, 1851)
acceptedseniornew
Notopterus lopies Bleeker, 1845
synonymotheroriginal
Notopterus lopis Bleeker, 1851
synonymseniororiginal2
Notopterus borneensis (non Bleeker, 1851)
misappliedmisappliedmisapplied
Notopterus maculosus (non Bleeker, 1851)
misappliedmisappliedmisapplied
Notopterus hypselonotus (non Bleeker, 1852)
misappliedmisappliedmisapplied
Chitala blanci (d'Aubenton, 1965)
acceptedseniornew
Notopterus blanci d'Aubenton, 1965
synonymseniororiginal2
! Chilata blanci (d'Aubenton, 1965)
synonymseniornew
Papyrocranus afer (Günther, 1868)
acceptedseniornew
Notopterus afer Günther, 1868
synonymseniororiginal2
! Papyrochranus afer (Günther, 1868)
synonymseniornew
! Paryrocranus afer (Günther, 1868)
synonymseniornew
Notopterus afer congensis (non Nichols & LaMonte, 1932)
misappliedmisappliedmisapplied
Papyrocranus congoensis (Nichols & La Monte, 1932)
acceptedseniornew
Notopterus afer congoensis Nichols & La Monte, 1932
synonymseniororiginal2
Notopterus afer Günther, 1868
misappliedmisappliedoriginal
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