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Polypterus delhezi the Barred Bichir a living fossil

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Polypterus for sale photo Frank Schäfer
 

Polypterus delhezi a living fossil from Africa

Polypterus represent animals from long ago; some refer to them as living fossils, part of the missing link between fishes and amphibians, helping to show how fish fins had evolved to become paired limbs. Some believe they already existed 60 million years ago.
 
The type species is the Nile bichir (P. bichir) and these fish live in various areas in Africa. Their particularities include the fact that they breathe 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 stock list. 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
 
Delhezi Bichir (Armored Bichir, Barred/Banded Bichir) - Polypterus Delhezi 2

Delhezi Bichir (Armored Bichir, Barred/Banded Bichir) - Polypterus Delhezi 2"-3"
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Wild Polypterus bichir lapradei size 11” to 12” (live tropical fish )

Wild Polypterus bichir lapradei size 11” to 12” (live tropical fish )
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    LAPRADI Bichir  8-9 inch  LAPRADI   Polypterus

LAPRADI Bichir 8-9 inch LAPRADI Polypterus
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Polypterus delhezi (Armoured Bichir)

Polypterus delhezi (Armoured Bichir)
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(2) Delhezi Bichir (Armored Bichir, Barred/Banded Bichir) - Polypterus Delhezi

(2) Delhezi Bichir (Armored Bichir, Barred/Banded Bichir) - Polypterus Delhezi
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Video of POLYPTERUS BICHIR BICHIR 68cm

 
 

IUCN Redlist of the Bichir Fishes

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Pictures of Polypterus delhezi

Barred Bichir photos: Frank Schäfer
 
Bichirs photos: Frank Schäfer
 
Polypterus delhezi photos: Frank Schäfer
 

 

Books on Polypterus Bichirs

 
Aqualog Polypterus by Frank Schafer  
 
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RARE Japan Colorata animals Fossil Fish Polypterus PVC Figure

RARE Japan Colorata animals Fossil Fish Polypterus PVC Figure
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Retired Kaiyodo Choco Q Albino Polypterus bichir Fish Animal PVC mini figurine

Retired Kaiyodo Choco Q Albino Polypterus bichir Fish Animal PVC mini figurine
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Retired Kaiyodo Choco Q Polypterus bichir Fish Animal PVC mini figurine

Retired Kaiyodo Choco Q Polypterus bichir Fish Animal PVC mini figurine
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Favorite Polypterus endlicheri endlicheri Soft Model Figure Ancient Fish Japan

Favorite Polypterus endlicheri endlicheri Soft Model Figure Ancient Fish Japan
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Real Figure Box Official COLORATA FOSSIL FISH 7 types / ENDANGERED SPECIES

Real Figure Box Official COLORATA FOSSIL FISH 7 types / ENDANGERED SPECIES
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Colorata 3D Real Figure Box Endangered Species Fossil Fish Action Figure Japan

Colorata 3D Real Figure Box Endangered Species Fossil Fish Action Figure Japan
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Retired Kaiyodo Choco Q Albino Polypterus bichir Fish Animal PVC mini figurine
 
Retired Kaiyodo Choco Q Polypterus bichir Fish Animal PVC mini figurine
 
 

List of Polypterus Species 

Polypterus ansorgii
Polypterus bichir
Polypterus delhezi
Polypterus endlicheri
Polypterus mokelembembe
Polypterus ornatipinnis
Polypterus palmas
Polypterus retropinnis
Polypterus senegalus
Polypterus teugelsi
Polypterus weeksii
 
 

List of Common Names for the Bichir Fishes 

Guinean bichir
Nile bichir
Barred bichir
Congo bichir
Saddled bichir
Ornate bichir
Buettikofer's bichir
Shortfin bichir
Poll's bichir
West African bichir
Gray bichir
Cross River bichir
Mottled bichir
Polypterus delhezi
 
 
  

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