Endlicheri Bichir is one of several distinctive geographical variants of the widespread Polypterus endlicheri which is found in various slow-moving shallow-water habitats ins Guinea and possibly surrounding countries in West Africa.
Like all Endlicheri or Saddled Bichir variants, it is a large growing species, reaching sizes of over 30″ in the wild and the form from Guinea is known as one of the largest, and most heavy bodied of the geographical variants and subspecies. Polypterus endlicheri is one of several so-called “lower jaw” group of Polypterus, so named for their distinctive heavy lower jaw that protrudes over the upper lip.
In the aquarium, they are hardy and undemanding like most bichir species but should be kept with a tight-fitting and possibly weighted lid as they will attempt to jump if spooked or at night.
Guinea Endlicheri Bichir (Polypterus endlicheri ‘Guinea’)
Origin: Wild Africa
Diet: Predator, will accept frozen and sinking foods
Adult Size: 28″
Recommended Tank Size: 200 gallon
Compatibility: Predatory, but generally not aggressive towards tankmates too big to be considered a meal.
Preferred Water Parameters
pH: 7.0 – 7.6