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Books containing information about Bichirs and Ropefish

Below is a list of books that contain information relating to Bichirs and Ropefish.


The Bichir Handbook

Joshua Pickett

Independent Publishing Network 2020

ISBN 978-1-78972-7708

The Bichir Handbook includes contributions from biologists, paleontologists, ecologists, veterinarians and fishers. It explores everything from the identification of all fourteen currently described species of the ancient Polypteridae, to their aquarium husbandry and some of the first reconstructions of never-before-seen extinct species of bichir. A must-have book for bichir enthusiasts.
Picture of the cover of The Bichir Handbook book by Joshua Pickett.

Polypterus - Bichirs

Frank Schafer

Verlag ACS (Aqualog) 2004

ISBN 3-936027-39-0

The definitive work on bichirs for aquarium hobbyists when published, and an essential book for any Polypterus enthusiast. Features information on keeping Polyperids in the aquarium, followed by details about each species and a comprehensive collection of photographs of the known species at the time.
Picture of the cover of Polypterus -
                  Bichirs book by Frank Schafer.

Jurassic Fishes

Haruto Kodera et al

TFH 1994 (English translation), Reprinted 1996

ISBN 0-7938-0086-2

Although a bit out of date with names now, this book is well worth having for any Polypterus enthusiast. It contains some superb photographs and was the first hobbyist-orientated book with comprehensive information on Polypterus, as well as other primitive fishes. Contains several pages on raising Bichirs, as well as two sections on breeding Polypterus.
Picture of the cover of Jurassic Fishes book by Haruto Kodera et al.

Air-Breathing Fishes - Evolution, Diversity and Adaptation.

Jeffrey B. Graham

Academic Press 1997

ISBN 0-12-294860-2

Contains a page on the natural history of Polypteridae with references, and makes a number of references throughout the book to the anatomy and physiology of Polypteridae, as well as other primitive fishes such as Protopteridae.
Picture of the cover of  Air-Breathing Fishes book by Jeffrey B. Graham.

The Rise of Fishes - 500 million years of evolution

John A. Long

John Hopkins University Press 1995 (2nd edition, 2011)

ISBN 0-8018-5438-5

Mainly for more general interest on the evolution of primitive fishes rather than for information on Polypteridae specifically, the book makes reference to the place of Polypteridae in the evolution of fishes. Oddly, it refers to "reedfish" as the common name for Polypterus species.
Picture of the cover of The Rise of Fishes book, second edition, by John A. Long.