Fish Facts: Gray Bichir – Polypterus senegalus

Gray Bichir (Polypterus Senegalus) also known as the Senegal bichir and Cuvier’s bichis a native of African lakes including the Nile basin and West Africa, including Senegal, Gambia, Niger, Volta and Lake Chad basins.

This species inhabits marginal swamps and freshwater lagoons, the muddy regions of rivers. During the hottest hours of the day, it comes to the surface just on the outer edge of the vegetation. It feeds on insects, crustaceans, mollusks, frogs and fish.