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Protopterus aethiopicus (marbled lungfish)

Synonyms: Lepidosiren arnaudii; Protopterus aethiopicus aethiopicus; Protopterus aethiopicus congicus; Protopterus aethiopicus mesmaekeri; Protopterus aethiopicus mesmaekersi

Wikipedia Abstract

The marbled lungfish (Protopterus aethiopicus) is a lungfish of the family Protopteridae. Also known as the leopard lungfish, it is found in Africa. At 133 billion base pairs it has the largest known genome of any vertebrate and one of the largest of any organism on Earth, along with Polychaos dubium and Paris japonica at 670 billion and 150 billion, respectively.
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Prey / Diet

Astatotilapia burtoni (Burton's haplo)[1]
Brachythemis leucosticta (Four-square Groundling)[1]
Coptodon zillii (Zilli's tilapia)[1]
Eretes sticticus[1]
Ictinogomphus ferox (Tiger Clubtail)[1]
Lanistes ovatus[1]
Melanoides tuberculata (Yukon floater)[1]
Oreochromis esculentus (Singida tilapia)[1]
Protopterus aethiopicus (marbled lungfish)[1]
Trithetrum navasi[1]


Bagrus docmak (Sudan catfish)[1]
Balaeniceps rex (Shoebill)[2]
Lates niloticus (Victoria perch)[1]
Protopterus aethiopicus (marbled lungfish)[1]


Parasitized by 
Heterorchis crumenifer <Unverified Name>[3]

Institutions (Zoos, etc.)

Institution Infraspecies / Breed 
Bronx Zoo/Wildlife Conservat'n Society
Disney's Animal Kingdom
Miejski Ogrod Zoologiczny w Lodz
Rotterdam Zoo


Africa-Inland Waters; Africa: Nile; Lakes Albert, Edward, Victoria, Nabugabo, Tanganyika, Kyoga and No (Ref. 3498).; Burundi; Congo, Dem. Rep. of the; Egypt; Ethiopia; Ethiopian; Kenya; Lake Tanganyika; Lake Turkana; Lake Victoria; Nile; Rwanda; Sudan; Tanzania, United Rep. of; Uganda; Zambia;



Attributes / relations provided by
1Jorrit H. Poelen, James D. Simons and Chris J. Mungall. (2014). Global Biotic Interactions: An open infrastructure to share and analyze species-interaction datasets. Ecological Informatics.
2del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona.
3Gibson, D. I., Bray, R. A., & Harris, E. A. (Compilers) (2005). Host-Parasite Database of the Natural History Museum, London
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