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Polypterus  Lacepède, 1803
Taxonomic Serial No.: 161059

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 Taxonomy and Nomenclature
  Kingdom: Animalia  
  Taxonomic Rank: Genus  
  Common Name(s):    
  Taxonomic Status:    
  Current Standing: valid  
  Data Quality Indicators:    
  Record Credibility Rating: verified - standards met  
  Global Species Completeness: complete   
  Latest Record Review: 2004   

 Taxonomic Hierarchy
 KingdomAnimalia  – Animal, animaux, animals  
    SubkingdomBilateria  – triploblasts  
          PhylumChordata  – cordés, cordado, chordates  
             SubphylumVertebrata  – vertebrado, vertébrés, vertebrates  
                   SuperclassActinopterygii  – ray-finned fishes, spiny rayed fishes, poisson épineux, poissons à nageoires rayonnées  
                            FamilyPolypteridae  – bichirs, birchers, lobed-finned pike, reed fishes  
                               GenusPolypterus Lacepède, 1803  
    Direct Children:  
                                  Species Polypterus ansorgii Boulenger, 1910  
                                  Species Polypterus bichir Lacepède, 1803 – Nile bichir 
                                  Species Polypterus delhezi Boulenger, 1899 – barred bichir 
                                  Species Polypterus endlicherii Heckel, 1847 – saddled bichir 
                                  Species Polypterus ornatipinnis Boulenger, 1902  
                                  Species Polypterus palmas Ayres, 1850 – marbled bichir, shortfin bichir 
                                  Species Polypterus polli Gosse, 1988  
                                  Species Polypterus retropinnis Vaillant, 1899 – West African bichir 
                                  Species Polypterus senegalus Cuvier, 1829 – gray bichir 
                                  Species Polypterus weeksii Boulenger, 1898 – mottled bichir 

  Reference for:    
  Other Source(s):    
  Source: Catalog of Fishes, 08-Jan-2004, website (version 05-Jan-04)  
  Acquired: 2004   
  Reference for: Polypterus   
  Source: NODC Taxonomic Code, database (version 8.0)  
  Acquired: 1996   
  Reference for: Polypterus   
  Author(s)/Editor(s): Eschmeyer, William N., ed.  
  Publication Date: 1998   
  Article/Chapter Title: Catalog of Fishes   
  Journal/Book Name, Vol. No.: Special Publication of the Center for Biodiversity Research and Information, no. 1, vol 1-3   
  Page(s): 2905   
  Publisher: California Academy of Sciences   
  Publication Place: San Francisco, California, USA   
  ISBN/ISSN: 0-940228-47-5   
  Notes: Available online at   
  Reference for: Polypterus   
  Author(s)/Editor(s): Gosse, J.-P. / Lévêque, C., D. Paugy, and G. G. Teugels, eds.  
  Publication Date: 1990   
  Article/Chapter Title: Chapter 5: Polypteridae   
  Journal/Book Name, Vol. No.: The Fresh and Brackish Water Fishes of West Africa, vol. 1   
  Page(s): 79-87   
  Publisher: Musée Royal de l'Afrique Central   
  Publication Place: Tervuren, Belgium   
  Reference for: Polypterus   
  Author(s)/Editor(s): Nelson, Joseph S.  
  Publication Date: 1994   
  Article/Chapter Title:    
  Journal/Book Name, Vol. No.: Fishes of the World, Third Edition   
  Page(s): xvii + 600   
  Publisher: John Wiley and Sons   
  Publication Place: New York, New York, USA   
  ISBN/ISSN: 0-471-54713-1   
  Reference for: Polypterus   

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