Saddled Bichir (Polypterus endlicheri)

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Saddled Bichir

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Saddled Bichir

Polypterus endlicheri

908 Litres (240 US G.)

61-71.1cm (24-28 ")




6.5 - 7.5

23 -28 °C (73.4-82.4°F)

6-16 °d

1:1 M:F

Pellet Foods
Live Foods
Other (See article)

8-12 years



Additional names

Saddled Bichir, Endlicheri Bichir

Additional scientific names

Polypterus endlicheri endlicheri

Sexing[edit | edit source]

As with all Bichirs, the anal fin is large cup-like/hand-like in males. Females have a thin anal fin

Tank compatibility[edit | edit source]

A bottom dwelling species that is not particularly aggressive but will prey on smaller tank mates.

Diet[edit | edit source]

Do not keep on a staple diet of dry foods - include plenty of meaty foods such as fish and other meats (beef heart, chicken livers), as well as invertebrates.

Feeding regime[edit | edit source]

A good feeding every two or three days.

Environment specifics[edit | edit source]

Provide cover in the form of plants and rocks.

Behaviour[edit | edit source]

A predator; not anti-social but does not like being cramped.

Identification[edit | edit source]

May be confused with the Armoured Bichir, Polypterus delhezi, but usually has more irregular markings. Overall grey with dark markings banding over the back and along the sides; has a flat head.

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