The bichir fishes – Polypterus – are animals of ancient ages. They already existed 60 million years ago. Among the particularities of the bichirs belongs the fact that they breath with a lung and that the pectoral fins are placed at the end of muscular stalks that can be moved like little arms.
Some species of bichir become quite large: 80-90 cm. But others stay much smaller. Among the latter is Polypterus delhezi from the Congo, which attains a maximum length of 30-35 cm. The species has a quite pretty pattern. P. delhezi is bred in large numbers in Indonesia, where these ancient fish remind the aquarists in dragons. But wild collected animals are only rarely available.
So we are glad that we could manage once more an importation from the Congo which contains some wild collected Polypterus delhezi.
For our customers: the animals have code 163003 on our stocklist. Please note that we exclusively supply the wholesale trade.
Lexicon: Polypterus: means “with many fins” (this refers to the numerous finlets on the back). delhezi: dedication name for M. Delhez
Suggestion of a common name: Barred Bichir
Text & photos: Frank Schäfer
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|Herkunft||DR Kongo / DR Congo|
|Verfügbare Größe in cm||12-15|