Hippopotamyrus is a genus of elephantfish in the family Mormyridae.

Hippopotamyrus castor.jpg
Hippopotamyrus castor
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Osteoglossiformes
Family: Mormyridae
Subfamily: Mormyrinae
Genus: Hippopotamyrus
Pappenheim, 1906

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  • Paramyomyrus Pellégrin 1927


There are currently 11 recognized species in this genus:[1][2]

  • Hippopotamyrus ansorgii (Boulenger 1905) (Slender stonebasher)
  • Hippopotamyrus castor Pappenheim 1906 (Lokundi mormyrid)
  • Hippopotamyrus grahami (Norman 1928) (Graham's stonebasher)
  • Hippopotamyrus harringtoni (Boulenger 1905) (Harrington's stonebasher)
  • Hippopotamyrus longilateralis B. J. Kramer & Swartz 2010 (Cunene River stonebasher)
  • Hippopotamyrus macroterops (Boulenger 1920)
  • Hippopotamyrus pappenheimi (Boulenger 1910) (Pappenheim's stonebasher)
  • Hippopotamyrus paugyi Lévêque & Bigorne 1985 (Kolente stonebasher)
  • Hippopotamyrus pictus (Marcusen 1864) (Marcusen's mormyrid)
  • Hippopotamyrus szaboi B. J. Kramer, van der Bank & Wink 2004 (Upper Zambezi mormyrid)
  • Hippopotamyrus weeksii (Boulenger 1902) (Weeks' mormyrid)


Some of the species within this genus have rather restricted distribution. For example, H. longilateralis occurs only in the Kunene River of southern Africa.[3]


  1. ^ Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2021). Species of Hippopotamyrus in FishBase. July 2021 version.
  2. ^ "Mormyridae" (PDF). Deeplyfish- fishes of the world. Retrieved 18 May 2017.
  3. ^ Michael Hogan. 2012. Kunene River . eds. P. Saundry & C. Cleveland. Encyclopedia of Earth. National Council for Science and the Environment. Washington DC.


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