List of Freshwater Fishes reported from Namibia
n = 158
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Table 1: 146 species currently present in the country/island (endemic, native, introduced, reintroduced);
Table 2: 5 species possibly present in the country/island (stray, questionable);
Table 3: 7 species demonstrated to be absent in the country/island (extirpated, not established, misidentification, error).
Table 4: 158 species reported from the country/island altogether.
Table 1: 146 species currently present in the country/island.
     
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Order Family Species Occurrence FishBase name Name
Siluriformes Amphiliidae Amphilius uranoscopusnative Stargazer mountain catfish Opkyk- bergbaber 
Perciformes Sciaenidae Argyrosomus coronusnative Dusky kob Kabeljou 
Characiformes Characidae Astyanax orthodusintroduced   
Atheriniformes Atherinidae Atherina brevicepsnative Cape silverside Kaapse spierinkie 
Siluriformes Austroglanididae Austroglanis sclaterinative Rock-catfish Rock catfish 
Perciformes Gobiidae Awaous lateristriganative West African freshwater goby  
Characiformes Alestidae Brycinus lateralisnative Stripped robber Streep-rower 
Cypriniformes Cyprinidae Carassius auratusintroduced Goldfish Goldfish 
Mugiliformes Mugilidae Chelon richardsoniinative South African mullet Suidelike harder 
Perciformes Cichlidae Chetia gracilisnative Slender happy Slender happy 
Perciformes Cichlidae Chetia welwitschinative Angolan happy Angola happy 
Siluriformes Mochokidae Chiloglanis fasciatusnative Okavango suckermouth Okavango suckermouth 
Siluriformes Mochokidae Chiloglanis neumanninative Neumann's suckermouth Neumann se suierbekkie 
Siluriformes Clariidae Clariallabes platyprosoposnative Broadhead catfish Breëkop-baber 
Siluriformes Clariidae Clarias cavernicolaendemic Cave catfish Cave catfish 
Siluriformes Clariidae Clarias gariepinusnative North African catfish Skerptand-baber 
Siluriformes Clariidae Clarias liocephalusnative Smoothhead catfish Smoothhead catfish 
Siluriformes Clariidae Clarias ngamensisnative Blunt-toothed African catfish Stomptand-baber 
Siluriformes Clariidae Clarias stappersiinative Blotched catfish Lihwetete 
Siluriformes Clariidae Clarias theodoraenative Snake catfish Slangbaber 
Cypriniformes Cyprinidae Clypeobarbus bellcrossinative Gorgeous barb Gorgeous barb 
Perciformes Cichlidae Coptodon rendallinative Redbreast tilapia Noordelike rooibors-tilapia 
Cypriniformes Cyprinidae Coptostomabarbus witteinative Upjaw barb Boel-ghieliemientjie 
Perciformes Gobiidae Ctenogobius lepturusnative   
Perciformes Anabantidae Ctenopoma multispinenative Manyspined ctenopoma Stekelrige kurper 
Osteoglossiformes Mormyridae Cyphomyrus discorhynchusnative Zambesi parrotfish Zambezi-papegaavis 
Cypriniformes Cyprinidae Cyprinus carpiointroduced Common carp Common carp 
Perciformes Eleotridae Dormitator lebretonisnative   
Perciformes Eleotridae Eleotris daganensisnative   
Perciformes Eleotridae Eleotris vittatanative   
Cypriniformes Cyprinidae Engraulicypris brevianalisnative River sardine Mbala 
Cypriniformes Cyprinidae Engraulicypris gariepinusnative   
Cypriniformes Cyprinidae Engraulicypris howesinative   
Cypriniformes Cyprinidae Enteromius afrohamiltoninative Hamilton's barb Hamilton's barb 
Cypriniformes Cyprinidae Enteromius afrovernayinative Spottail barb Kolstert-ghieliemientjie 
Cypriniformes Cyprinidae Enteromius anoplusintroduced Chubbyhead barb Chubbyhead barb 
Cypriniformes Cyprinidae Enteromius barnardinative Blackback barb Swartrug-ghieliemientjie 
Cypriniformes Cyprinidae Enteromius barotseensisnative Barbus barb Barotse-ghieliemientjie 
Cypriniformes Cyprinidae Enteromius bifrenatusnative Hyphen barb Skakel-ghieliemientjie 
Cypriniformes Cyprinidae Enteromius brevicepsnative Shorthead barb Shorthead barb 
Cypriniformes Cyprinidae Enteromius brevidorsalisnative Dwarf barb Dwerg-ghieliemientjie 
Cypriniformes Cyprinidae Enteromius dorsolineatusnative Cunene barb Kunene barb 
Cypriniformes Cyprinidae Enteromius eutaenianative Orangefin barb Oranjevlerk-ghieliemientjie 
Cypriniformes Cyprinidae Enteromius fasciolatusnative African banded barb Rooi-ghieliemientjie 
Cypriniformes Cyprinidae Enteromius haasianusnative Sickle barb Sekelvin-ghieliemientjie 
Cypriniformes Cyprinidae Enteromius kersteniinative Redspot barb Rooikol-ghieliemientjie 
Cypriniformes Cyprinidae Enteromius lineomaculatusnative Line-spotted barb Lynspikkel-ghieliemientjie 
Cypriniformes Cyprinidae Enteromius mattozinative Papermouth Papermouth 
Cypriniformes Cyprinidae Enteromius miolepisnative Zigzag barb Zigzag barb 
Cypriniformes Cyprinidae Enteromius multilineatusnative Copperstripe barb Koperstreep-ghieliemientjie 
Cypriniformes Cyprinidae Enteromius paludinosusnative Straightfin barb Lynvin-ghieliemientjie 
Cypriniformes Cyprinidae Enteromius poechiinative Dashtail barb Streepstert-ghieliemientjie 
Cypriniformes Cyprinidae Enteromius radiatusnative Redeye barb Beira-ghieliemientjie 
Cypriniformes Cyprinidae Enteromius thamalakanensisnative Thamalakane barb Thamalakane-ghieliemientjie 
Cypriniformes Cyprinidae Enteromius trimaculatusnative Threespot barb Threespot barb 
Cypriniformes Cyprinidae Enteromius unitaeniatusnative Slender barb Langbaard-ghieliemientjie 
Siluriformes Ariidae Galeichthys felicepsnative White barbel Wit seebaber 
Perciformes Cichlidae Hemichromis elongatusnative Banded jewel cichlid Liulyungu 
Perciformes Cichlidae Hemichromis fasciatusnative Banded jewelfish Balk-juweelvis 
Osteoglossiformes Mormyridae Hippopotamyrus ansorgiinative Slender stonebasher Slank klipstamper 
Osteoglossiformes Mormyridae Hippopotamyrus longilateralisnative   
Osteoglossiformes Mormyridae Hippopotamyrus szaboiendemic   
Characiformes Alestidae Hydrocynus vittatusnative Tiger fish Tiervis 
Gonorynchiformes Kneriidae Kneria maydellinative Cunene kneria Kunene kneria 
Cypriniformes Cyprinidae Labeo ansorgiinative Cunene labeo Kunene labeo 
Cypriniformes Cyprinidae Labeo capensisnative Orange river mudfish Orange river mudfsih 
Cypriniformes Cyprinidae Labeo cylindricusnative Redeye labeo Rooioog-labeo 
Cypriniformes Cyprinidae Labeo lunatusnative Upper Zambezi labeo Bo-Zambezi-labeo 
Cypriniformes Cyprinidae Labeo ruddinative Silver labeo Silver labeo 
Cypriniformes Cyprinidae Labeo umbratusnative Moggel Moggel 
Cypriniformes Cyprinidae Labeobarbus aeneusnative Smallmouth yellowfish Smallmouth yellowfish 
Cypriniformes Cyprinidae Labeobarbus codringtoniinative Upper Zambezi yellowfish Bo-Zambezi-geelvis 
Cypriniformes Cyprinidae Labeobarbus kimberleyensisnative Largemouth yellowfish Largemouth yellowfish 
Cyprinodontiformes Poeciliidae Lacustricola katangaenative Striped topminnow Streep-lampogie 
Cyprinodontiformes Poeciliidae Lacustricola macrurusnative Big tailed lampeye  
Cyprinodontiformes Poeciliidae Lacustricola moeruensisnative Moero lampeye  
Osteoglossiformes Mormyridae Marcusenius altisambesinative   
Osteoglossiformes Mormyridae Marcusenius desertusnative   
Osteoglossiformes Mormyridae Marcusenius macrolepidotusnative Bulldog Boelhond 
Osteoglossiformes Mormyridae Marcusenius multisquamatusnative   
Synbranchiformes Mastacembelidae Mastacembelus frenatusnative Longtail spiny eel Langstertstekelpaling 
Synbranchiformes Mastacembelidae Mastacembelus vanderwaalinative Ocellated spiny eel Bont stekelpaling 
Characiformes Alestidae Micralestes acutidensnative Sharptooth tetra Silwer rower 
Perciformes Anabantidae Microctenopoma intermediumnative  Blackspot climbing perch 
Cyprinodontiformes Poeciliidae Micropanchax hutereauinative Meshscaled topminnow Tralie-lampogie 
Cyprinodontiformes Poeciliidae Micropanchax johnstoninative Johnston's topminnow Johnston se lampogie 
Perciformes Centrarchidae Micropterus salmoidesintroduced Largemouth black bass Largemouth bass 
Osteoglossiformes Mormyridae Mormyrus lacerdanative Western bottlenose mormyrid Westelike bottelneus 
Mugiliformes Mugilidae Mugil cephalusnative Flathead grey mullet Platkopharder 
Characiformes Distichodontidae Nannocharax machadoinative Dwarf citharine Dwerg-sitarien 
Characiformes Distichodontidae Nannocharax macropterusnative Broad-barred citharine Breëbalk-sitarien 
Characiformes Distichodontidae Nannocharax multifasciatusnative Multibar citharine Veelbalk-sitarien 
Perciformes Gobiidae Nematogobius maindroninative   
Mugiliformes Mugilidae Neochelon falcipinnisnative Sicklefin mullet  
Cyprinodontiformes Nothobranchiidae Nothobranchius capriviensisendemic Caprivi Nothobranchius Caprivi Nothobranchius 
Cypriniformes Cyprinidae Opsaridium zambezensenative Barred minnow Balk-ghieliemientjie 
Perciformes Cichlidae Oreochromis andersoniinative Three spotted tilapia Driekol-tilapia 
Perciformes Cichlidae Oreochromis macrochirnative Longfin tilapia Groenkop-tilapia 
Perciformes Cichlidae Oreochromis mossambicusintroduced Mozambique tilapia Mozambique tilapia 
Perciformes Cichlidae Orthochromis machadoinative Cunene dwarf happy Kunene dwarf happy 
Siluriformes Claroteidae Parauchenoglanis ngamensisnative Zambezi grunter Zambesi-knorbaber 
Osteoglossiformes Mormyridae Petrocephalus catostomanative Churchill Churchill 
Osteoglossiformes Mormyridae Petrocephalus longicapitisnative   
Osteoglossiformes Mormyridae Petrocephalus magnoculisendemic   
Osteoglossiformes Mormyridae Petrocephalus okavangensisnative   
Perciformes Cichlidae Pharyngochromis acuticepsnative Zambezi bream Zambezi happy 
Perciformes Cichlidae Pharyngochromis darlinginative Zambezi happy Zambezi-happie 
Cyprinodontiformes Poeciliidae Poecilia reticulataintroduced Guppy Guppy 
Osteoglossiformes Mormyridae Pollimyrus castelnauinative Dwarf stonebasher Dwerg-klipstamper 
Osteoglossiformes Mormyridae Pollimyrus cuandoensisendemic   
Osteoglossiformes Mormyridae Pollimyrus marianneendemic   
Perciformes Haemulidae Pomadasys jubelininative Sompat grunt Atlantiese gespikkelde knorder 
Cypriniformes Cyprinidae Pseudobarbus hospesnative Namaquab barb Namaquab barb 
Perciformes Cichlidae Pseudocrenilabrus philandernative Southern mouthbrooder Suidelike mondbroeier 
Characiformes Alestidae Rhabdalestes maunensisnative Okavango robber Okavango robber 
Perciformes Cichlidae Sargochromis carlottaenative Rainbow happy Reënboog-happie 
Perciformes Cichlidae Sargochromis codringtoniinative Green happy Groen happie 
Perciformes Cichlidae Sargochromis coulterinative Cunene happy Kunene happy 
Perciformes Cichlidae Sargochromis giardinative Pink happy Ligroos happie 
Perciformes Cichlidae Sargochromis greenwoodinative Greenwood's happy Greenwood's happy 
Perciformes Cichlidae Sargochromis mortimerinative Mortimer's happy Mortimer's happy 
Siluriformes Schilbeidae Schilbe intermediusnative Silver catfish Lubango 
Perciformes Cichlidae Serranochromis altusnative Humpback largemouth Mushuna 
Perciformes Cichlidae Serranochromis angusticepsnative Thinface cichlid Smalkop-grootbek 
Perciformes Cichlidae Serranochromis jallaenative Nembwe Nembwe 
Perciformes Cichlidae Serranochromis longimanusnative Longfin largemouth Langvin-grootbek 
Perciformes Cichlidae Serranochromis macrocephalusnative Purpleface largemouth Persgesig-grootbek 
Perciformes Cichlidae Serranochromis thumberginative Brownspot largemouth Bruinkol-grootbek 
Siluriformes Mochokidae Synodontis leopardinusnative Leopard squeaker Luiperdkol-skreeubaber 
Siluriformes Mochokidae Synodontis macrostigmanative Largespot squeaker Grootvlek-skreeubaber 
Siluriformes Mochokidae Synodontis macrostomanative Largemouth squeaker Largemouth squeaker 
Siluriformes Mochokidae Synodontis nigromaculatusnative Blackspotted squeaker Spikkel-skreeubaber 
Siluriformes Mochokidae Synodontis thamalakanensisnative  Bubblebarb squeaker 
Siluriformes Mochokidae Synodontis vanderwaalinative  Finetooth squeaker 
Siluriformes Mochokidae Synodontis woosnaminative Upper Zambezi squeaker Bo-Zambezi skreeubaber 
Perciformes Cichlidae Thoracochromis albolabrisnative Thicklipped happy Thicklipped happy 
Perciformes Cichlidae Thoracochromis buysinative Namib happy Namib happy 
Perciformes Cichlidae Tilapia guinasanaendemic Otjikoto tilapia Otjikoto-kurper 
Perciformes Cichlidae Tilapia ruwetinative Okavango tilapia Okavango-tilapia 
Perciformes Cichlidae Tilapia sparrmaniinative Banded tilapia Vlei-tilapia 
Perciformes Osphronemidae Trichopodus trichopterusintroduced Three spot gourami  
Cyprinodontiformes Poeciliidae Xiphophorus helleriiintroduced Green swordtail Swordtail 
Siluriformes Amphiliidae Zaireichthys conspicuusnative Blotched sand catlet  
Siluriformes Amphiliidae Zaireichthys kavangoensisendemic   
Siluriformes Amphiliidae Zaireichthys kunenensisnative   
Siluriformes Amphiliidae Zaireichthys pallidusnative Pale sand catlet  
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