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Spotted African Lungfish (Protopterus dolloi)

Spotted African Lungfish (Protopterus dolloi)

The Spotted African lungfish (Protopterus dolloi) is also referred to by tropical fish keeping enthusiasts as the Slender Lungfish and is found in middle Africa, the lower Congo River, the Kouilou-Niari, and the Ogowe River basins. Spotted African Lungfish live in the temporary floodplains, riverbeds, swamps, marshes, and backwaters of the above basins and during […]

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West African lungfish (Protopterus annectens)

West African lungfish (Protopterus annectens)

The West African lungfish (Protopterus annectens) is the most commonly seen species in the tropical fish keeping hobby.    It is found in the partially dry floodplains, marshes, slow moving backwaters and the swamps of Guinea, Togo, Sierra Leone, Cameroon, Niger, Ivory Coast, Nigeria, Burkina, Faso, Gambia, Ghana, Chad, Benin, Senegal, Kenya, Mali, Sudan and the […]

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Gilled African lungfish (Protopterus amphibius)

Gilled African lungfish (Protopterus amphibius)

The Gilled African lungfish (Protopterus amphibius) also known by tropical fish keeping enthusiasts as the East African Lungfish, is found in Kenya, Somalia, and Mozambique, East Africa and the delta of the Zambezi River. Gilled African Lungfish are the smallest of the extant lungfish that seldom grow longer than 17 inches in length.    Their bodies […]

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Marbled Lungfish (Protopterus aethiopicus)

The Marbled Lungfish (Protopterus aethiopicus) is found in the African countries of Tanzania, Ethiopia, the Sudan, Kenya, Uganda, and the Democratic Republic of Congo and referred to by tropical fish keeping enthusiasts as the Leopard Lungfish, or African Lungfish . Marbled Lungfish live in the Nile River as well as lakes Albert, Edward, Tanganyika, Victoria, Nabugabo, […]

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South American lungfish (Lepidosiren paradoxa)

South American lungfish (Lepidosiren paradoxa)

The South American lungfish (Lepidosiren paradoxa) is the only species of lungfish found in South America. It frequents swamps and slow moving waters in the Amazon, Rio Paraguay, and lower Paraná River basins, and is known to tropical fish keeping enthusiasts as the American Mud Fish, Amazonian Lungfish, or Scaly Salamanderfish.    It is found […]

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Queensland Lungfish (Neoceratodus forsteri)

Queensland Lungfish (Neoceratodus forsteri)

The Queensland Lungfish (Neoceratodus forsteri) is the sole surviving member of the family Ceratodontidae and is known to tropical fish keeping enthusiasts as the Australian lungfish, Barramunda, or Burnett Salmon. The Queensland lungfish is truly a “living fossil” and one of only six species remaining in modern times. Of the six known surviving members of […]

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West African lungfish Protopterus annectens

Lungfish – The Most Primitive Of Fishes

Lungfish is the generic name given to a group of fish belonging to the families Ceratodontidae, Lepidosirenidae and Protopteridae.    Each family represents a different continent where they can be found specifically, Australia, South America, and Africa. Lungfish get their name from the fact that they can breed atmospheric oxygen by using lungs similar to those […]

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