Barred Bichir Polypterus delhezi

Barred Bichir
Barred Bichir
Bichirs are prehistoric fish which have specially-adapted swim bladders to enable them to breathe air and survive out of water for long periods. Their fossil relatives date back 200 million years.
Barred Bichir
Barred Bichir
Barred Bichir
Looking and behaving like a fish-amphibian hybrid, the Barred Bichir is native to lakes, streams and flooded areas of the upper and middle Congo River basin.
Barred Bichir
Barred Bichir jumping
Barred Bichir
They have poor eyesight but a good sense of smell and are mainly nocturnal, hunting small fish, worms and other invertebrates at night in shallow water and on banks.
Barred Bichir
Barred Bichir
Barred Bichir
The elongated fish can grow to 44cm long.