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Actual Scientific name : French name English name


Classes Ordres Familles
Mammalia (Mammals) Carnivora (Carnivores) Canidae (jackals, wild dogs)
  Felidae (cats)
  Herpestidae (mongooses)
  Hyaenidae (hyaenas)
  Mustelidae (otters, ratels, ...)
  Viverridae (civets, genets)
 Cetartiodactyla (Even-toed ungulates former Artiodactyla) Bovidae (Antelopes, buffaloes)
  Hippopotamidae (hippopotamus)
  Suidae (warthogs,...)
 Chiroptera (Bats) Emballonuridae (sheath-tailed and tomb bats)
  Hipposideridae (leaf-nosed bats)
  Megadermatidae (false vampire bats)
  Molossidae (free-tailed bats)
  Nycteridae (slit-faced bats)
  Pteropodidae (fruit bats)
  Rhinolophidae (horseshoe bats)
  Vespertilionidae (vesper bats)
 Hyracoidea (Hyraxes) Procaviidae (hyraxes)
 Insectivora (Insectivores) Macroscelidae (elephant shrews)
  Potamogalidae (otter shrews)
  Soricidae (shrews)
 Lagomorpha (Lagomorphs) Leporidae (hares)
 Perissodactyla (odd-toed ungulates) Equidae (zebras)
  Rhinocerotidae (rhinoceroses)
 Pholidota (Pangolins) Manidae (pangolins)
 Primates Cercopithecidae (monkeys, baboons)
  Lorisidae (bushbabies)
  Pongidae (chimpanzees, gorillas)
 Proboscidea (Proboscidians) Elephantidae (elephants)
 Rodentia (Rodents) Anomaluridae (flying squirrels)
  Bathyergidae (mole-rats)
  Hystricidae (porcupines)
  Muridae (rats, mice, gerbils)
  Muscardinidae (dormice)
  Nesomyidae former Cricetidae (rats, mice)
  Pedetidae (springhares)
  Sciuridae (squirrels)
  Thryonomyidae (canerats)
 Tubulidentata Orycteropidae (aarvark)
Aves (Birds) Anseriformes Anatidae (ducks)
 Apodiformes Apodidae (swifts)
 Bucerotiformes Bucerotidae (hornbills)
 Ciconiiformes (Sibley) Accipitridae (vultures, buzzards, eagles, etc.)
  Anhingidae (darters)
  Ardeidae (herons, egrets, bitterns,...)
  Burhinidae (dikkops)
  Charadriidae (plovers)
  Ciconiidae (storks)
  Falconidae (falcons)
  Glareolidae (coursers, pratincoles)
  Jacanidae (jacanas)
  Laridae (gulls, terns)
  Pelecanidae (pelicans, shoebill stork)
  Phalacrocoracidae (cormorants)
  Phoenicopteridae (flamingoes)
  Rostratulidae (painted snipes)
  Sagittariidae (secretary birds)
  Scolopacidae (snipes, sandpipers, stints, etc.)
  Scopidae (hamerkops)
  Threskiornithidae (ibises, spoonbills)
 Coliiformes Coliidae (mousebirds)
 Columbiformes Columbidae (pigeons, doves)
 Coraciiformes Alcedinidae (kingfishers)
  Coraciidae (rollers)
  Meropidae (bee-eaters)
 Cuculiformes Centropidae (coucals)
  Cuculidae (cuckoos)
 Galliformes Numididae (guineafowls)
  Phasianidae (francolins)
 Gruiformes Gruidae (cranes)
  Heliornithidae (finfoots)
  Otididae (bustards)
  Rallidae (rails, flufftails, crakes)
 Musophagiformes Musophagidae (touracos)
 Passeriformes Alaudidae (larks)
  Certhiidae (creepers)
  Cisticolidae (warblers,) cfr Sylviidae
  Corvidae (crows)
  Dicruridae (drongos)
  Emberizidae (buntings)
  Estrildidae (weaver-finch) cfr Ploceidae
  Eurylaimidae (broadbills)
  Fringillidae (finches)
  Hirundinidae (swallows)
  Laniidae (shrikes)
  Malaconotidae (bush shrikes, tchagras) cfr Laniidae
  Monarchidae (flycatchers) cfr Muscicapidae
  Motacillidae (wagtails)
  Muscicapidae (flycatchers)
  Nectariniidae (sunbirds)
  Oriolidae (old world orioles)
  Paridae (tits)
  Passeridae (sparrows) cfr Ploceidae
  Pittidae (pittas)
  Platysteiridae (flycatchers) cfr Muscicapidae
  Ploceidae (sparrows, weavers)
  Prionopidae (helmet-shrikes)
  Pycnonotidae (bulbuls)
  Sturnidae (starlings)
  Sylviidae (warblers)
  Timaliidae (babblers)
  Turdidae (thrushes, robins)
  Viduidae (whydhas) cfr Ploceidae
  Zosteropidae (white-eyes)
 Piciformes Capitonidae (barbets)
  Indicatoridae (honeyguides)
  Picidae (woodpeckers)
 Podicipediformes Podicipedidae (grebes)
 Psittaciformes Psittacidae (parrots)
 Strigiformes Caprimulgidae (nightjars)
  Strigidae (owls)
  Tytonidae (barns)
 Trogoniformes Trogonidae (trogons)
 Turniciformes Turnicidae (buttonquails)
 Upupiformes Phoeniculidae (wood-hoopoes)
  Upupidae (hoopoes)
Reptilia (Reptiles) Chelonii Pelomedusidae (turtles)
  Testudinidae (tortoises)
  Trionychidae
 Crocodilia Crocodylidae (crocodiles)
 Squamata Agamidae (agamids)
  Amphisbaenidae (worm-lizards)
  Atractaspididae (stiletto snakes, mole vipers)
  Boidae (pythons)
  Chamaeleonidae (chameleons)
  Colubridae (colubrids)
  Cordylidae (spinytail lizards)
  Elapidae (cobras, mambas)
  Gekkonidae (geckos)
  Gerrhosauridae (plated lizards)
  Lacertidae (lizards)
  Leptotyphlopidae (blind snakes)
  Scincidae (skinks)
  Typhlopidae (blind snakes)
  Varanidae (monitor lizards)
  Viperidae (vipers)
Amphibia (Amphibians) Anura Arthroleptidae
  Bufonidae
  Dicroglossidae
  Hemisotidae
  Hyperoliidae
  Microhylidae
  Petropedetidae
  Phrynobatrachidae see Petropedetidae
  Pipidae
  Ptychadenidae see Ranidae
  Pyxicephalidae see Petropedetidae
  Ranidae
  Rhacophoridae
  Xenopodidae see Pipidae
Pisces (Fishes) Characiformes Alestiidae
  Citharinidae
  Distichodontidae
  Hepsetidae
 Clupeiformes Clupeidae
 Cypriniformes Cyprinidae (barbs, labeos)
 Cyprinodontiformes Cyprinodontidae = Nothobranchiidae
  Poeciliidae
 Gonorhynchiformes Kneriidae
 Lepidosireniformes Protopteridae (African lungfishes)
 Mormyriformes see Osteoglossiformes  
 Osteoglossiformes Arapaimidae
  Mormyridae
 Perciformes Anabantidae
  Channidae
  Cichlidae
  Eleotridae
  Latidae
 Polypteriformes Polypteridae
 Siluriformes Amphiliidae
  Auchenoglanididae
  Bagridae
  Clariidae
  Claroteidae
  Malapteruridae
  Mochokidae
  Schilbeidae
 Synbranchiformes Mastacembelidae (spiny eels)
 Tetraodontiformes Tetraodontidae

Warning :

This database was established according to official pieces of work and with the help of famous scientists. However, there might be some errors.

The vernacular names were collected in the field and in the colonial literature from the first part of the 20th century. The monks who established the first dictionaries were not necessarily informed naturalists. Therefore, errors must have been committed.

We invite everyone who could help us to improve this working tool to contact us in order to correct us and share her/his knowledge with us.



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