Polypterus palmas buettikoferi
Scientific name: Polypterus palmas buettikoferi (Steindachner, 1891) [NOT VALID]
Common name(s): Buettikofer's bichir
Origin: West Africa
Max reported size (SL): 353mm (14")
Description: The dorsal surface in front of the dorsal spines has forward-pointing "V-shaped" markings, which extend as diagonal bands onto the lateral surface.
There are also diagonal bands on the flanks. Juveniles have a more dense colour pattern.
The ventral surface is a uniform pale yellowish colour. Dorsal finlets have contrasting dark and light colouration.
There are 7-10 dorsal spines.
Comments: This bichir was designated as a subspecies of Polypterus palmas for many years (see main reference below), but is now considered a geographical variant.