HEPSETUS: Hepsetus – African pike in nature and aquarium

By Heiko Bleher

African pikes are often offered by the aquarium fish exporters, but many hobbyists are afraid to keep these fishes, associating them with other predatory African fish of the genus Hydrocinus.

African pikes are similar to European and American pikes only in body shape and habits. They belong to the order of Characiaciformes and form a separate family Hepsetidae. Until 2013 only one species, Hepsetus odoe, was described, while several other were sold under this name…

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