Scientific name: Polypterus delhezi (Boulenger, 1899)
Common name(s): Armoured bichir, banded bichir
Origin: Central Africa: Congo river, Upper and middle Congo
Max reported size (TL): 350mm (14")
Description: The upper surface is greyish, with hints of green or yellowish colouration. The ventral surface
is a uniform lighter colour.
There are 7-8 dark vertical bands which vary in thickness between individuals. 10-13 dorsal finlets.
The mouth is relatively small for the fish's size.
This bichir is quite commonly available. Captive-bred fish are available in the trade, but many seem to lack the more intense
markings of wild-caught fish.