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Superregnum : Eukaryota
Cladus: Unikonta
Cladus: Opisthokonta
Cladus: Holozoa
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Superphylum: Deuterostomia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Infraphylum: Gnathostomata
Megaclassis: Osteichthyes
Superclassis/Classis: Actinopterygii
Classis/Subclassis: Actinopteri
Subclassis/Infraclassis: Neopterygii
Infraclassis: Teleostei
Megacohors: Osteoglossocephalai
Supercohors: Clupeocephala
Cohors: Otomorpha
Subcohors: Ostariophysi
Sectio: Otophysa
Ordo: Siluriformes

Familia: Mochokidae
Subfamilia: Mochokinae
Genus: Mochokus
Species: M. brevis – †M. gigas – M. niloticus

Mochokus Joannis, 1835
Gender: masculine
Type species: Mochokus niloticus Joannis, 1835
Type by monotypy


Ferraris, C.J., Jr. 2007: Checklist of catfishes, recent and fossil (Osteichthyes: Siluriformes), and catalogue of siluriform primary types. Zootaxa, 1418: 1–628. PDF
Joannis, L. de 1835: Observations sur les poissons du Nil, et description de plusieurs espèces nouvelles. [Also includes: Tableau des poissons du Nil.]. Magasin de Zoologie, 1835 (5 anneé): 53 pp. numbered as Classe IV, Pls. 1-15.
Pinton, A., Otero, O., Likius, A., Mackaye, H.T., Vignaud, P., & Brunet, M. 2011: Giants in a minute catfish genus: first description of fossil Mochokus (Siluriformes, Mochokidae) in the Late Miocene of Chad, including M. gigas, sp. nov. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, 31 (1): 22–31. DOI: 10.1080/02724634.2011.539648
Vigliotta, T.R. 2008: A phylogenetic study of the African catfish family Mochokidae (Osteichthyes, Ostariophysi, Siluriformes), with a key to genera. Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia, 157: 73–136.

Vernacular names
English: Catfish

Mochokus is a genus of upside-down catfishes native to Africa.

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

Mochokus brevis Boulenger, 1906
Mochokus niloticus de Joannis, 1835


Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2011). Species of Mochokus in FishBase. December 2011 version.

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