Lepidosiren paradoxus

17. November 2015

Only recently we introduced to you our lungfishes imported from the Congo (http://www.aquariumglaser.de/en/news/protocheirodon-pi/).
Now we received the even rarer cousin: the South American Lungfish,
Lepidosiren paradoxus, from Paraguay. There is only one species extant
in South America, namely this living fossil. We usually import them as
small young fish from Peru, the specimens we now have in stock are
uniformly brown subadults, which are 35-40 cm long. Against conspecifics
these fish are extremely snappy, we had to put them in separate tanks
(one fish per tank) immediately. The mouth of that species is very
special. At the tip of the mouth is a small, round opening. It looks as
if the fish would try to whistle or if it imagined to have a longtrink
with drinking straw. In the real life these fish prefer to feed on

For our customers: the animals have code 265506 on our stocklist. Please note that we exclusively supply the wholesale trade.

Text & photos: Frank Schäfer