South American Lungfish
Common Name Salamanderfish
Range Africa, South America, Australia
Scientific Classification
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Sarcopterygii

The Lungfish is a genus of freshwater fish belonging to the subclass Dipnoi. It is endemic in Africa, South America and Australia.


Adult Lungfish are large fish, mostly brown in colour, with pink bellies. They have big scales covered by slimy skin. They have a wide, flat head, a thick, heavy body and a pointed tail. The paired fins are paddle shaped, and end in points, like the tail. They have small eyes, small mouths, and sense organs all over the head. Lungfish reach a length of 1.4 metres in the Burnett River, and slightly less in the Brisbane and Mary Rivers.

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