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Pinstripe damba

Pinstripe damba

Pig-nosed turtle

Pig-nosed turtle

Nyereres cichlid

Nyereres cichlid

Blue victoria mouthbrooder

Blue victoria mouthbrooder

Barred bichir

Barred bichir

Saddled bichir

Saddled bichir

Ornate bichir

Ornate bichir

West African lungfish

West African lungfish

Dolphin mormyrid

Dolphin mormyrid

Black spotted catfish

Black spotted catfish

Moustache catfish

Moustache catfish

Thick-lipped Viktoria mouthbrooder

Thick-lipped Viktoria mouthbrooder

Dolphin mormyrid

Dolphin mormyrid

Facts

LatinMormyrus rume proboscirostris
Size100 cm
FoodInsects and larvae
HabitatRivers
IUCN

Not evaluated

LocationThe Congo drainage in Western Central Africa
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A fish with a trunk

The dolphin mormyrid has a very elongated snout that looks just like a trunk. Using its snout, the mormyrids forages at the lake bottom looking for small prey that a fish with a normal sized mouth cannot reach.

Electrical sense

As a special trick, the mormyrids uses its electrical sense to check if prey are nearby. Sharks, rays and electric eels act in the same way. This sense is especially important to the mormyrid because it lives in dark caves and at the bottom of deep lakes. It is unable to use its sense of sight there.