Senegal bichir, Gray bichir, Cuvier's bichir
Polypterus senegalus, or Gray Bichir, is an incredibly resilient nocturnal piscivorous predator with very weak eyesight but an infallible sense of smell.
It is one of the most peaceful and active Polypterus species and is recommended for beginners with these fish group. Very long-lived specimens – of 34 years and more – have been reported in captivity. Polypterus is one of the last survivors of very ancient species.
Distribution: Africa: widespread from Senegal and Gambia rivers, Niger and Chad basins to Nile River basin; Lake Albert, Lake Turkana; single record from Congo basin.