Ecology of Polypterus senegalus
Main Ref. Hickley, P. and R.G. Bailey, 1987
Remarks It inhabits marginal swamps and freshwater lagoons (Ref. 3066). It feeds on insects, crustaceans, molluscs, fish and frogs; plant fragments and seeds are also ingested (Ref. 28714). But Polypterus senegalus senegalus is mainly insectivorous (Ref. 367). Also Ref. 52840.

Aquatic zones / Water bodies

Marine - Neritic Marine - Oceanic Brackishwater Freshwater
Marine zones / Brackish and freshwater bodies
  • supra-littoral zone
  • littoral zone
  • sublittoral zone
  • epipelagic
  • mesopelagic
  • epipelagic
  • abyssopelagic
  • hadopelagic
  • estuaries/lagoons/brackish seas
  • mangroves
  • marshes/swamps
  • rivers/streams
  • lakes/ponds
  • caves
  • exclusively in caves
Highighted items on the list are where Polypterus senegalus may be found.


Substrate Ref.
Special habitats
Special habitats Ref.


Associated with
Association remarks


Feeding type mainly animals (troph. 2.8 and up)
Feeding type Ref. Hickley, P. and R.G. Bailey, 1987
Feeding habit variable
Feeding habit Ref. Bailey, R.G., 1994

Trophic Level(s)

Estimation method Original sample Unfished population Remark
Troph s.e. Troph s.e.
From diet composition 3.54 0.22 3.48 0.41 Troph of juv./adults from 1 study.
From individual food items 3.44 0.61 Trophic level estimated from a number of food items using a randomized resampling routine.
Ref. Dankwa, H.R., 2003
(e.g. 346)
(e.g. cnidaria)
Entered by Sa-a, Pascualita on 02.28.97
Modified by Pablico, Grace Tolentino on 01.17.05
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