Animalia > Chordata > Actinopterygii > Osteoglossiformes > Mormyridae > Gnathonemus > Gnathonemus petersii

Gnathonemus petersii (Ubangi mormyrid; Peter's elephantnose; Long-nosed Elephant Fish; Elephantnose fish; Elephant nose; Elephant fish)

Synonyms: Gnathonemus brevicaudatus; Gnathonemus histrio; Gnathonemus peters; Gnathonemus petersi; Mormyrus petersii
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Wikipedia Abstract

Peters' elephant-nose fish (Gnathonemus petersii; syn. Gnathonemus brevicaudatus Pellegrin, 1919, Mormyrus petersii Günther, 1862) is an African freshwater elephantfish in the genus Gnathonemus. Other names in English include elephantnose fish, long-nosed elephant fish, and Ubangi mormyrid, after the Ubangi River. As the Latin name petersii confirms it is named after someone called "Peters" (probably Wilhelm Peters), although the apostrophe is often misplaced and the common name given as "Peter's elephantnose fish". It uses electrolocation to find prey, and has the largest brain-to-body oxygen use ratio of all known vertebrates (around 0.6).
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Protected Areas

Name IUCN Category Area acres Location Species Website Climate Land Use
Omo Strict Natural Reserve Forest Reserve 328086 Nigeria  
Takamanda Forest Reserve National Park II 167041 Cameroon  


Parasitized by 
Archidiplectanum archidiplectanum[1]

Institutions (Zoos, etc.)

Range Map


Africa-Inland Waters; Africa: Niger to Congo River basins (Ref. 3203).; Africa: Niger to Congo River basins. Limited to the Lower Niger, in the Ogun, in the Cross River Basin and in the upper Chari.; Benin; Benue River; Cameroon; Central African Republic; Chad; Congo, Dem. Rep. of the; Congo, Republic of; Cross River; Ethiopian; Lake Chad/Chari River; Mali; Niger; Nigeria; Ogun; Zambia; Zaïre;

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1Gibson, D. I., Bray, R. A., & Harris, E. A. (Compilers) (2005). Host-Parasite Database of the Natural History Museum, London
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