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Actual Scientific name : French name English name

  Classes Ordres Familles
Invertebrata (Invertebrates)    
Vertebrata (Vertebrates) 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)
  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
   Phrynobatrachidae see Petropedetidae
   Ptychadenidae see Ranidae
   Pyxicephalidae see Petropedetidae
   Xenopodidae see Pipidae
 Pisces (Fishes) Characiformes Alestiidae
  Clupeiformes Clupeidae
  Cypriniformes Cyprinidae (barbs, labeos)
  Cyprinodontiformes Cyprinodontidae = Nothobranchiidae
  Gonorhynchiformes Kneriidae
  Lepidosireniformes Protopteridae (African lungfishes)
  Mormyriformes see Osteoglossiformes  
  Osteoglossiformes Arapaimidae
  Perciformes Anabantidae
  Polypteriformes Polypteridae
  Siluriformes Amphiliidae
  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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