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Erpetoichthys calabaricus (ropefish; snakefish; Reed; Reedfish; Sailfin; Snake Fish)

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Wikipedia Abstract

The reedfish, ropefish (more commonly used in the United States), or snakefish, Erpetoichthys calabaricus, is a species of freshwater fish in the bichir family and order. It is the only member of the genus Erpetoichthys. It is native to West and Central Africa. The reedfish possesses a pair of lungs in addition to gills, allowing it to survive in very oxygen-poor water. It is threatened by habitat loss through palm oil plantations and urban development.
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Water Biome [1]  Rivers and Streams


Parasitized by 
Macrogyrodactylus polypteri[2]

Institutions (Zoos, etc.)

Range Map


Africa-Inland Waters; Africa: Ogun River mouth in Nigeria to Chiloango River in Congo Brazzaville (Ref. 2835).; Angola; Benin; Cameroon; Congo, Dem. Rep. of the; Congo, Republic of; Cross River; Equatorial Guinea; Ethiopian; Niger; Nigeria; Ogun; Ouémé River; Sanaga;

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Attributes / relations provided by
1Myers, P., R. Espinosa, C. S. Parr, T. Jones, G. S. Hammond, and T. A. Dewey. 2006. The Animal Diversity Web (online). Accessed February 01, 2010 at
2Gibson, D. I., Bray, R. A., & Harris, E. A. (Compilers) (2005). Host-Parasite Database of the Natural History Museum, London
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