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West African Lungfish, (Protopterus annectens), Dipnoi, Lepidosireniformes, Protopteridae, tetrapod
Code Number:
AAFV01P02_01
Title:
West African Lungfish, (Protopterus annectens), Dipnoi, Lepidosireniformes, Protopteridae, tetrapod
This is an aggressive predator. The males guard the newly hatched young up to 2 months. In the wild it eats frogs and small fish. Lungfish species were once remarkably abundant, and now there are only six extant species.

Size: 6.5" when fully grown
Heart: 4 chambers
Lungs: breathes air when water dries up
Burrowing: in soft mud
Habitat: swamps, small rivers
Range: West and South Africa

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Class: Sarcopterygii
Subclass: Dipnoi
Order: Lepidosireniformes
Family: Protopteridae
Genus: Protopterus
Species: Protopterus annectens
(Owen, 1839)
Keywords:
Class Sarcopterygii, Fish, Water, Vertebrates, Chordata, Animals, Animilia, Aquatic, freshwater, eel-like
Image by:
Wernher Krutein

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