Notes on this FAO species category: EMW-2

EMW idFAO Species CategoryNotes
EMW-2African lungfishesThis category includes species in the genus Protopterus in the family Protopteridae (African lungfishes).

From FishStat, all capture of “African lungfishes” in 1999-2007 was from African inland waters.

From, there are 7 species in this genus of which 5 are of commercial (besides aquarium) or subsistence importance and all are distributed in African inland waters. The smallest and largest of these are:

Gilled lungfish (Protopterus amphibious). Max size: 44.3 cm TL and

Marbled lungfish (aethiopicus aethiopicus). Max length: 200 cm TL male/unsexed; common length: 130 cm TL male/unsexed; max. published weight: 17.0 kg.