Polypterus palmas palmas
Scientific name: Polypterus palmas palmas (Ayres, 1850)
Common name(s): Marbled bichir, Shortfin bichir, dinosaur eel
Origin:West Africa: Congo, Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone
Max reported size (SL): 298mm (12")
Description: The dorsal area in front of the dorsal finlets has irregular small spots.
The ventral surface has a uniform lighter colouration. The pectoral fins are usually spotted.
The membranes of the dorsal finlets have contrasting light and dark colouration. 7-9 dorsal spines are present.
Comments: There is some confusion with respect to the identity of species within the P. palmas complex, with additional
variants awaiting formal description.