Family Protopteridae - African lungfishes
  Order
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  Class
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Sarcopterygii
No. in FishBase
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Genera : 1 | Species : 4 Eschmeyer's Catalog of Fishes
  Environment
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Fresh : Yes | Brackish : No | 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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Distribution: Africa. Six gill arches and five gill clefts; body moderately elongate. With the ability to survive dry spells by aestivation (a state of reduced metabolism) burrowed in a mud hole and enveloped in a mucous cocoon. Maximum length about 180 cm. Often in show aquariums.
  Etymology
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Greek, pro = before, in front of + Greek, pteron = fin ( Ref. 45335).
  Reproductive guild
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guarders
  Typical activity level
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  Main Ref
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  Coordinator
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  Deep Fin Classification
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Osteichthyes | Sarcopterygii | Dipnotetrapodomorpha | Dipnomorpha | Ceratodontae | Ceratodontiformes | Lepidosirenoidei | Protopteridae

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

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The list below must not be used as an authority reference synonymy list like those found in scientific published revisions, which must be the source to be used and cited eventually when they exist.

Rather, it reflects the current content of FishBase, and the progress with respect to synchronization with the Catalog of Fishes. However, we think it can be useful for users to assess the quality of information in FishBase, to start new work on the family, or to cross-check with other lists.

But we appreciate to be cited in publications when this list has been of any working value. In particular, for published scientific, we suggest then to cite it in the Material and Method section as a useful tool to conduct the research, but again, not as a taxonomic or nomenclatural authority reference.

Unless it is explicitly precised, the list is not complete, please search all original names published for the family in the Catalog of Fishes (genera, species), including those with uncertain or unknown status, that are not included in FishBase when they are not attached to a valid species.

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
acceptedseniornew
synonymseniororiginal2
synonymseniornew
synonymseniornew
! Protopterus annectans (Owen, 1839)
synonymseniornew
synonymjuniororiginal2
synonymjuniororiginal2
Lepidosiren tobal Castelnau, 1855
synonymjuniororiginal2
synonymjuniororiginal2
Rhinocryptis amphibia (non Peters, 1844)
misappliedmisappliedmisapplied
Protopterus amphibius (Peters, 1844)
acceptedseniornew
synonymseniororiginal2
Protopterus amphibia (Peters, 1844)
synonymseniornew
Protopterus annectens (non Owen, 1839)
misappliedmisappliedmisapplied
misappliedmisappliedmisapplied
Protopterus rhinocryptis (non Gray, 1850)
misappliedmisappliedmisapplied
acceptedseniororiginal2
synonymseniorchange in rank
Lepidosiren arnaudii Castelnau, 1855
synonymjuniororiginal2
synonymjuniororiginal2
synonymjuniororiginal2
synonymjuniororiginal
Lepidosiren annectens (non Owen, 1839)
misappliedmisappliedmisapplied
Protopterus dolloi Boulenger, 1900
acceptedseniororiginal2
! Protopterus dollie Boulenger, 1900
synonymseniororiginal
! Protopterus adnectens (non Owens, 1839)
misappliedmisappliedmisapplied
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