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Family: Polypteridae Bichirs



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14 species (see list below)

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Photo by JJPhoto

Africa
Max. Length 37 cm SL
Erpetoichthys calabaricus Smith, 1865

Photo by JJPhoto
 
Erpetoichthys calabaricus
[Reedfish]

Photo by Chang, Y.C.

Africa
Max. Length 28 cm TL
Polypterus ansorgii Boulenger, 1910

Photo by Chang, Y.C.
 
Polypterus ansorgii
[Guinean bichir]

Photo by van Uitert, K.

Africa
Max. Length 74 cm TL
Polypterus bichir Lacepède, 1803

Photo by van Uitert, K.
 
Polypterus bichir
[Nile bichir]

Photo by van Uitert, K.

Africa
Max. Length 97 cm TL
Polypterus congicus Boulenger, 1898

Photo by van Uitert, K.
 
Polypterus congicus
[]

Photo by Germeau, G./ Doumont, Y.

Africa
Max. Length 44 cm TL
Polypterus delhezi Boulenger, 1899

Photo by Germeau, G./ Doumont, Y.
 
Polypterus delhezi
[Barred bichir]

Photo by van Uitert, K.

Africa
Max. Length 63 cm SL
Polypterus endlicherii Heckel, 1847

Photo by van Uitert, K.
 
Polypterus endlicherii
[Saddled bichir]

Photo by Pigar, E.

Africa
Max. Length 23.5 cm SL
Polypterus mokelembembe Schliewen & Schäfer, 2006

Photo by Pigar, E.
 
Polypterus mokelembembe
[]

Photo by Moreau, J.

Africa
Max. Length 60 cm TL
Polypterus ornatipinnis Boulenger, 1902

Photo by Moreau, J.
 
Polypterus ornatipinnis
[Ornate bichir]

Photo by Mody, K.

Africa
Max. Length 35.3 cm SL
Polypterus palmas Ayres, 1850

Photo by Mody, K.
 
Polypterus palmas
[Shortfin bichir]
No picture found
Africa
Max. Length 32.1 cm SL

 
Polypterus polli
[Poll's bichir]

Photo by Germeau, G.

Africa
Max. Length 34 cm SL
Polypterus retropinnis Vaillant, 1899

Photo by Germeau, G.
 
Polypterus retropinnis
[West African bichir]

Photo by JJPhoto

Africa
Max. Length 70 cm SL
Polypterus senegalus Cuvier, 1829

Photo by JJPhoto
 
Polypterus senegalus
[Gray bichir]

Photo by van Uitert, K.

Africa
Max. Length 41.5 cm SL
Polypterus teugelsi Britz, 2004

Photo by van Uitert, K.
 
Polypterus teugelsi
[]

Photo by Chang, Y.C.

Africa
Max. Length 54 cm TL
Polypterus weeksii Boulenger, 1898

Photo by Chang, Y.C.
 
Polypterus weeksii
[Mottled bichir]
14 Species of Family Polypteridae
(Bichirs)
Sort by: Species Length Year
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Year Scientific Name English Name Distribution Max. Length (cm)
1865 Erpetoichthys calabaricus Reedfish Africa 37 SL
1910 Polypterus ansorgii Guinean bichir Africa 28 TL
1803 Polypterus bichir Nile bichir Africa 74 TL
1898 Polypterus congicus Africa 97 TL
1899 Polypterus delhezi Barred bichir Africa 44 TL
1847 Polypterus endlicherii Saddled bichir Africa 63 SL
2006 Polypterus mokelembembe Africa 23.5 SL
1902 Polypterus ornatipinnis Ornate bichir Africa 60 TL
1850 Polypterus palmas Shortfin bichir Africa 35.3 SL
1988 Polypterus polli Poll's bichir Africa 32.1 SL
1899 Polypterus retropinnis West African bichir Africa 34 SL
1829 Polypterus senegalus Gray bichir Africa 70 SL
2004 Polypterus teugelsi Africa 41.5 SL
1898 Polypterus weeksii Mottled bichir Africa 54 TL



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