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Polypterus congicus

Scientific name: Polypterus congicus   (Boulenger, 1898)

Synonym(s): Polypterus endlicheri congicus, Polypterus bichir katangae   (Poll, 1941)

Common name(s): Congo bichir, Giant bichir

Polypterus congicus (Congo bichir)

Origin: Congo basin, Lake Tanganyika

Max reported size (TL): 970mm (39")

Description: Colour can be yellowish-brown to grey. There are several dark vertical bands. Black spots are often present on the head region. The lower jaw is more prominent, extending beyond the upper jaw. Dorsal spines extend forward to the rear of the pectoral fins.


Main Reference:

Schafer, F. (2004). Aqualog Polypterus. Verlag ACS GmbH (Aqualog).