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Polypterus palmas

Polypterus palmas
Marble Bichir
This is one of the more peaceful and active species of Polypterus. Along with its relatively small adult size this makes it an ideal beginner's bichir. There are 3 subspecies in the P. palmas complex, this one, P. palmas buettikoferi and P. palmas polli. Most of the fish sold in the trade as P. palmas are in fact P. palmas polli but aquarium care for all the subspecies is identical. They are all included in the "upper-jawed" tribe of polypterids so named on account of the upper jaw being longer than or equal in length to the lower jaw.