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Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Synbranchiformes
Family: Mastacembelidae Spiny eels

Genus: Mastacembelus

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Scientific Name English Name Distribution Max. Length (cm) Year
Mastacembelus alboguttatus Asia 49 TL 1893
Mastacembelus albomaculatus Africa 22 TL 1953
Mastacembelus ansorgii Africa 44.5 TL 1905
Mastacembelus apectoralis Africa 16.3 SL 2011
Mastacembelus armatus Zig-zag eel Asia 90 1800
Mastacembelus aviceps Africa 17.5 TL 1976
Mastacembelus brachyrhinus Africa 16.4 SL 1899
Mastacembelus brichardi Blind spiny eel Africa 17 SL 1958
Mastacembelus catchpolei Africa 29.5 TL 1936
Mastacembelus congicus Africa 43.5 SL 1896
Mastacembelus crassus Africa 15.7 TL 1976
Mastacembelus cryptacanthus Africa 34.5 SL 1867
Mastacembelus cunningtoni Africa 58 TL 1906
Mastacembelus dayi Asia 30.6 1912
Mastacembelus decorsei Africa 24.6 TL 1919
Mastacembelus dienbienensis Asia 2005
Mastacembelus ellipsifer Africa 45 TL 1899
Mastacembelus erythrotaenia Fire eel Asia 100 TL 1850
Mastacembelus favus Tire track eel Asia 70 SL 1924
Mastacembelus flavidus Africa 27 TL 1962
Mastacembelus frenatus Longtail spiny eel Africa 40 SL 1901
Mastacembelus greshoffi Africa 33.3 SL 1901
Mastacembelus kakrimensis Africa 23.9 SL 2005
Mastacembelus latens Africa 7.2 TL 1976
Mastacembelus liberiensis Africa 36.8 SL 1898
Mastacembelus loennbergii Africa 26.1 TL 1898
Mastacembelus marchei Africa 32.6 SL 1879
Mastacembelus mastacembelus Euphrates spiny eel Asia 46.4 TL 1794
Mastacembelus micropectus Africa 17.6 SL 1962
Mastacembelus moorii Africa 44 TL 1898
Mastacembelus niger Africa 37.5 SL 1879
Mastacembelus nigromarginatus Africa 42.2 SL 1898
Mastacembelus notophthalmus Asia 39 SL 1989
Mastacembelus oatesii Asia 37 1893
Mastacembelus ophidium Africa 33 TL 1894
Mastacembelus pantherinus Asia 33.4 SL 2007
Mastacembelus paucispinis Africa 38.7 SL 1899
Mastacembelus plagiostomus Africa 30 SL 1962
Mastacembelus platysoma Africa 16 SL 1962
Mastacembelus polli Africa 14 SL 2005
Mastacembelus praensis Africa 35.3 SL 1992
Mastacembelus reygeli Africa 25.4 SL 2009
Mastacembelus robertsi Africa 33.8 SL 1996
Mastacembelus sanagali Africa 24 SL 1972
Mastacembelus seiteri Africa 37.4 SL 1972
Mastacembelus sexdecimspinus Africa 25.9 SL 1986
Mastacembelus shiloangoensis Africa 14.4 SL 2004
Mastacembelus shiranus Malawi spinyeel Africa 26 TL 1896
Mastacembelus simbi Africa 7.8 SL 2009
Mastacembelus strigiventus Asia 29.7 TL 2011
Mastacembelus taiaensis Africa 29 SL 1992
Mastacembelus tanganicae Africa 19 SL 1894
Mastacembelus thacbaensis Asia 2005
Mastacembelus tinwini Asia 37.7 SL 2007
Mastacembelus traversi Africa 35.7 SL 1997
Mastacembelus triolobus Asia 40.9 TL 2011
Mastacembelus trispinosus Africa 33.5 TL 1911
Mastacembelus undulatus Asia 31.3 SL 1844
Mastacembelus unicolor Asia 55 TL 1832
Mastacembelus vanderwaali Ocellated spiny eel Africa 15.1 TL 1976
Mastacembelus zebratus Africa 19 SL 1962



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