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Polypterus delhezi

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Contents of this page belong to www.fishlookup.com The Armoured or Banded Bichir (Polypterus delhezi) is a snake-like fish that ranges from the Congo River, specifically in the upper and middle portions. This species is one of the more commonly available in commercial pet stores.

P. delhezi have greyish backs and sides, with specks of yellow or green coloration. The ventral surface tends to be lighter, closer to cream than grey. P. delhezi has a smaller mouth compared to its body and to other fish in its family, and is distinguishable from other species by the 7 to 8 dark vertical bands, which can vary in thickness between individuals. It has 13 to 13 dorsal finlets.[1]

Like most polypterids, P. delhezi will readily eat silversides, krill, mysis shrimp, and commercially available carnivore fish pellets in captivity.