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Polypterus ornatipinnis

Polypterus ornatipinnis, Photo: Michael Lahanas

Cladus: Eukaryota
Supergroup: Opisthokonta
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Cladus: Deuterostomia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Infraphylum: Gnathostomata
Superclassis: Osteichthyes
Classis: Actinopterygii
Subclassis: Chondrostei
Ordo: Polypteriformes
Familia: Polypteridae
Genus: Polypterus
Species: Polypterus ornatipinnis

Polypterus ornatipinnis, Photo: Michael Lahanas

Polypterus ornatipinnis


The Ornate Bichir (Polypterus ornatipinnis) is a bony fish that lives in Lake Tanganyika and the Congo River basin in Central and East Africa.


P. ornatipinnis has black and yellow patterning on its body, head, and fins, with 9 to 11 dorsal spines. It is the largest of the Polypterus species with a protruding upper jaw[1], reaching 24 inches (61 cm) in length.[2]


1. ^ a b Evans, Sean. "Polypterus ornatipinnis". Polypterus.info. http://www.polypterus.info/p_ornatipinnis.htm. Retrieved 2008-08-16.
2. ^ From the exhibit caption at the New England Aquarium, 2008.

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