Up­per Jaw vs Lower Jaw Bichirs

Animal Scene - - CONTENTS - by An­gel Ampil

Quite re­cently, Bichirs have be­come a pop­u­lar fish among Filipino fish­keep­ers. Bichirs are elon­gated fishes be­long­ing to the gen­era Polypterus and Er­peto­ichthys, the lat­ter be­ing rep­re­sented by its only species, the Er­peto­ichthys cal­abar­i­cus, com­monly called Rope­fish or Reed­fish.

The Bichir craze is alive in the coun­try: Filipino fish­keep­ers are ea­gerly talk­ing about this fish in dis­cus­sion groups, fish clubs, and just about any so­cial fish or­ga­ni­za­tion, both lo­cally and in­ter­na­tion­ally. One com­mon topic is the com­par­i­son be­tween Up­per Jaw and Lower Jaw Bichirs -- what’s the dif­fer­ence?

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