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West African Lungfish

(Protopterus annectens)


Category: Fish



This species of lungfish inhabits a wide range of habitats in West and Middle Africa, and the northern half of Southern Africa. They have a long eel-like body, small eyes, a prominent snout, and two pairs of long, filamentous fins. During the dry season, they bury themselves deeply in the mud and go into a dormant state (estivation) in which they can survive without food and water for up to 3 ½ years.




Data & Facts

Scientific Classification
Kingdom - Animalia
Phylum - Chordata
Class - Sarcopterygii
Order - Lepidosireniformes
Family - Protopteridae
Genus - Protopterus
Species - P. annectens

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