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Poll&;S Bichir

Polypterus polli Gosse 1988

Diagnostic Description

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Cylindrical body (Ref. 28149, Ref. 46409). Upper jaw a little longer than lower jaw (Ref. 28149). Number of dorsal finlets: 5-7 (Ref. 28149, Ref. 51884); used to distinguish Polypterus palmas polli from P. p. palmas and P. p. buettikoferi (Ref. 28149). Pectoral fin not reaching dorsal fin origin (Ref. 28149). Ganoid scales (Ref. 42904): 52-55 lateral line scales, 32-39 scales around body, 22-28 predorsal scales (Ref. 28149, Ref. 51884). Dorsal surface and flanks with large black blotches, forming a dense reticulate pattern, ventral surface uniform pale (Ref. 28149). The fleshy base of the pectoral fin with a large grey to black spot (Ref. 28149, Ref. 46409). Dorsal fin spotted, pectoral fin with a striped pattern in some specimens, pelvic fin pale and anal fin sometimes slightly colored (Ref. 28149).
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Morphology

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Dorsal spines (total): 57; Analspines: 0; Analsoft rays: 14; Vertebrae: 50 - 56
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Biology

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This entomophagous fish lives in swamps and zones of flood (Ref. 41580).
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Polypterus polli

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Polypterus polli, Poll's bichir, is a species of bichir from the Malebo Pool and the lower and central basins of the Congo River.

References

  1. ^ Moelants, T. (2010). "Polypterus polli". The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2010: e.T182302A7854569. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2010-3.RLTS.T182302A7854569.en.
  2. ^ Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2018). "Polypterus polli" in FishBase. February 2018 version.
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Polypterus polli: Brief Summary

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Polypterus polli, Poll's bichir, is a species of bichir from the Malebo Pool and the lower and central basins of the Congo River.

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