Retropinnis Polypterus Bichir
The Zaire Green Bichir, belonging to the "upper jaw" complex of Polypterus, is a medium-sized species that has recently become available in the trade. It was identified by scientists as the true P. retropinnis, distinguishing it from the newly described species P. mokelembebe that was often mistakenly sold as P. retropinnis in the past.
This species originates from moderate to fast-flowing waters within the Congo River basin in Central Africa. Like most bichir species, the Zaire Green Bichir is known for its hardiness and undemanding nature, making it suitable for a variety of aquarium setups. However, it is important to keep them in an aquarium with a tightly-fitting lid, possibly weighted, as they have a tendency to jump when startled or during nighttime activities.
With its striking green coloration and intriguing appearance, the Zaire Green Bichir adds a unique touch to any aquarium. Its resilience and adaptability make it an attractive choice for fishkeepers looking to incorporate an eye-catching and relatively new species into their aquatic displays.