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Polypterus ornatipinnis

Scientific name: Polypterus ornatipinnis   (Boulenger, 1902)

Common name(s): Ornate bichir

Picture of Polypterus ornatipinnis, Ornate bichir

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Origin: Central and East Africa: Congo river basin, Lake Tanganyika

Max reported size (TL): 600mm (24")

Description: The striking black and yellow patterning of this species extends into the fins, making for a very attractively patterned bichir. The head has a finely reticulated pattern. 9-11 dorsal spines present.

Comments: This is the largest of the protuding upper jaw species of Polypterus.

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