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Dwarf mormyrid

Electric eel

Cave tetra

Neon tetra

Arowana

The interesting species of the river

Arapaima

Piranha

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Arapaima

Arapaima

Barred sorubim

Barred sorubim

Redtail catfish

Redtail catfish

Acary avion

Acary avion

Red-bellied Pacu

Red-bellied Pacu

Itaituba freshwater stingray

Itaituba freshwater stingray

Redhump eartheater

Redhump eartheater

Sailfin pimeloid

Sailfin pimeloid

Broadband red headstander

Broadband red headstander

Metallic livebearer

Metallic livebearer

Rosy tetra

Rosy tetra

Emperor tetra

Emperor tetra

Red phantom tetra

Red phantom tetra

Redhook myleus

Redhook myleus

Colombian darter characin

Colombian darter characin

Striped Headstander

Striped Headstander

Winterbottoms headstander

Winterbottoms headstander

Equator hero cichlid

Equator hero cichlid

Ecuador Cichlid

Ecuador Cichlid

Meta Cichlid

Meta Cichlid

Red-eye Tetra

Red-eye Tetra

Oscar

Oscar

Yellow plankton cichlid

Yellow plankton cichlid

Cardinal tetra

Cardinal tetra

Gulper Catfish

Gulper Catfish

Common Whiptail Catfish

Common Whiptail Catfish

Dwarf crocodile

Dwarf crocodile

Facts

LatinOsteolaemus tetraspis
Size200 cm
FoodFish and large crustaceans
HabitatRivers and streams
IUCN

Not evaluated

LocationWest and Central Africa
Map

True or false

The dwarf crocodile is motionless for the vast majority of the time. Occasionally, it is so still that you might suspect that it had been stuffed. But it is very much alive. If you look carefully at its throat, you can sometimes see that it is breathing.

Where's the crocodile?

It is the crocodile's nature to be difficult to find. It is a master of camouflage, and especially when it is lying perfectly still it looks just like a tree trunk. This allows the crocodile to sneak up on its prey.


Under the riverbank

River cichlids

The plants in the river

Angelfish

Armored predators

Discusfish

Veiled chameleon

Under construction

Archerfish

Endangered species

Lake Tanganyika

Lake Malawi