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Erpetoichthys calabaricus, Reedfish. JJPhoto.dk

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Primitive, somewhat reptile-like bottom-dwellers with lungs and the ability to gulp air from the surface in oxygen-poor water.

Both the bichirs and Reedfish are notorious predators and not recommended for typical freshwater community aquariums.

They are of special interest to ichthyologists for their close resemblance to ancient fossil remains of Cretaceous fishes. Nelson (1994) says that they may represent the earliest known chondrostean lineage with living members.


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Taxonomic rank: Family

Common name: BICHIRS

Total known Total profiles
Subfamilies 0 0
Genera 2 2
Species 10 2

Feeding: Carnivore. Offer fish flesh, feeder fish, crustacean flesh.

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Reference: 101 Best Tropical Fishes
Image credit: JJ
Text credit: KW