Polypterus senegalus

Polypterus senegalus
Scientific classification Edit this classification
Domain: Eukaryota
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Polypteriformes
Family: Polypteridae
Genus: Polypterus
P. senegalus
Binomial name
Polypterus senegalus
Cuvier, 1829
  • P. s. meridionalis (Poll 1941)
  • P. s. senegalus Cuvier 1829
  • Polypterus arnaudii Duméril 1870
  • Polypterus meridionalis Poll 1942

Polypterus senegalus, the Senegal bichir, gray bichir or Cuvier's bichir, and sometimes called the "dinosaur eel" (a misnomer, as the creature is neither an eel nor a dinosaur), "dinosaur bichir", or "dragon fish" is in the pet trade due to its lungfish-like appearance, which was described as more primitive and prehistoric than other modern fishes. It is a prototypical species of fish in the genus Polypterus, meaning most of its features are held across the genus. It is commonly kept in captivity by hobbyists. They are native from Africa where they are the most widespread species of the genus.[4][5][6][7][8]

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