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Family: Polypteridae Bichirs



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



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