Polypterus senegalus senegalus
Scientific name: Polypterus senegalus senegalus (Cuvier, 1829)
Common name(s): Senegal bichir, Grey/Gray bichir, Dinosaur eel
Origin: Africa: Nile basin and West Africa, including Gambia, Niger, Senegal, Volta and Lake Chad basins.
Max reported size (TL): 505mm (20")
Description: Uniform brownish-grey to olive colour on dorsal surface, ventral surface whitish. No banding on adults, very
young juveniles show three horizontal bands.
Upper jaw slightly longer than lower jaw. 8-11 dorsal finlets.
Comments: One of the more commonly available species, it is also one of the more active bichirs during daylight hours.