SELECT DISTINCT SPECIES.Genus AS ResultField1, SPECIES.Species AS ResultField2, SPECIES.Author AS ResultField3, SPECIES.FBname AS ResultField4, SPECIES.FamCode AS ResultField5, SPECIES.SpecCode AS ID_Field, SPECIES.Length AS ResultField6, SPECIES.LTypeMaxM AS ResultField7, SPECIES.LengthFemale AS ResultField20, SPECIES.LTypeMaxF AS ResultField21, synonyms.year, FAMILIES.CommonName, FAMILIES.Family FROM (SPECIES LEFT JOIN synonyms ON SPECIES.SpecCode = synonyms.SpecCode) INNER JOIN FAMILIES ON SPECIES.FamCode = FAMILIES.FamCode WHERE (FAMILIES.FamCode =SPECIES.FamCode) AND (synonyms.valid <> 0) And ((FAMILIES.FamCode)=31) ORDER BY species.genus, species.species Fish Identification
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Family: Polypteridae Bichirs



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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]
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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

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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]



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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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