Re: NANFA-- fish id

R. W. Wolff (
Thu, 6 Mar 2003 22:44:44 -0600

This is another problem, nine times out of ten the polypterus sold as P.
palmas is actually senegulus. Senegulus often have spots on the back when
young, these usually fade away when they get large (near a foot long). Is it
possible this fish had its fin bit off when smaller and it grew back like
this? Palmas also have pointed tails. There are some larger species with
rounded tails, but they are much differnet in other ways, head and mouth
shape and coloration.
Polypterus are awesome animals, and rumor has it they will be lumped in the
ban on snakeheads, along with pike cichlids.

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