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Scientific publications about Polypterids

Below is a list of scientific publications (most recent first) about Polypterids. You may be able to obtain these papers via a university library, or an online service such as the British Library.

I have started with some of the key papers, I will be adding more as soon as possible.


Timo Moritz and Ralf Britz (2019): Revision of the extant Polypteridae (Actinopterygii: Cladistia). Ichthyological Exploration of Freshwaters

Cuervo, Rodrigo & Hernández-Martínez, Rocío & Chimal-Monroy, Jesus & Merchant-Larios, Horacio & Covarrubias, Luis. (2012): Full regeneration of the tribasal Polypterus fin. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 109 (10): 3838-43

Schliewen, U.K. and Schafer, F. (2006): Polypterus mokelembembe, a new species of bichir from the central Congo River basin (Actinopterygii: Cladistia: Polypteridae). Zootaxa 1129: 23-26.

Otero, O. Likius, A. Vignaud, P. and Brunet, M. (2006): A new polypterid fish: Polypterus faraou sp. nov. (Cladistia, Polypteridae) from the Late Miocene, Toros-Menalla, Chad. Zoological Journal - Linnean Society 146 (2): 227-237.

Britz, R. (2004): Polypterus teugelsi, a new species of bichir from the Upper Cross River system in Cameroon (Actinopterygii: Cladistia: Polypteridae). Ichthyological Exploration of Freshwaters 15 (2): 179-186.

Britz, R., and Bartsch, P. (1998). On the Reproduction and Early Development of Erpetoichthys calabaricus, Polypterus senegalus, and Polypterus ornatipinnis (Actinopterygii: Polypteridae). Ichthyological Exploration Of Freshwaters 9 (4): 325-334.

Bartsch, P., Gemballa, S., Piotrowski, T. (1997). The embryonic and larval development of Polypterus senegalus Cuvier, 1829: ist staging with reference to external and skeletal features, behaviour and locomotory habits. Acta Zoologica (Stockholm) 78 (4): 309-328.

Hanssens, M.M., G.G.Teugels, D.F.E.Thys Van den Audenaerde (1995): Subspecies in the Polypterus palmas complex (Brachiopterygii; Polypteridae) from West and Central Africa. Copeia 1995 (3): 694-705.

Gosse, J.-P. (1984). Polypteridae. p.18-29. In J. Daget, J.-P. Gosse and D.F.E. Thys van den Audenaerde (eds.) Check-list of the freshwater fishes of Africa (CLOFFA). ORSTOM, Paris and MRAC, Tervuren. Vol. 1.

Swinney, G.N. & D. Heppell. (1982) Epetoichthys or Calamoichthys: the correct name for the African reedfish. J. Nat. Hist. 16: 95-100.