Re: NANFA-- new fish trivia

Christopher Scharpf (
Mon, 22 Apr 2002 08:12:40 -0400

>> I know this one because I happen to have one of the 5 species in my living
>> room aquarium. Caught it several years ago in Peru.
> You have to be referring here to Lepidosiren, the Neotropical Lungfish, but
> other than that the Polypteridae have external gills when young.

Yep. Brought "Lungie" home in a small Nalgene jar stuffed into by backpack
when he was just 3" long. Now he's over a foot. He eats everything. It's fun
watching him try to maneuver an algae wafer into his mouth. His favorite
food is neon and cardinal tetras, which he picks off at night.

Chris Scharpf

"Are we going to sit around quietly, drinking bottled water from France,
watching the fish die?"
     --- Peter B. Moyle
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