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West african lungfish

Senckenberg Nature Museum Frankfurt

Senckenberg Nature Museum Frankfurt

The West African Lungfish has thread-like pectoral and pelvic fins and very small scales. African lungfishes survive the four-to-six-month-long dry season by burrowing in the mud and estivating, surrounded by a slime capsule. During the spawning season, when the rivers carry water again, the male builds a tube-shaped nest, which he carefully guards.

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  • Title: West african lungfish
  • Location: West Africa
  • Type: dermoplastic
  • Rights: Sven Tränkner Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung
  • weight: 4 kg
  • size: 85 cm
  • scientific name: Protopterus dolloi
  • geological Age: recent

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