A fully illustrated guide to keeping every species of Polypteridae; with some of the first reconstructions of extinct taxa.
A look into all the known species of Polypterids; told through a blend of first-hand experience and the latest scientific research—all beautifully illustrated aiding with identification. This publication is hardback and can be purchased soon from this website with international shipping or in select UK retailers. Over 120 pages bursting with advice and visual guides, The Bichir Handbook is a must-have for both new and experienced aquarists alike.
Peer behind the scenes of all the sketches, colour studies and unused artwork by two of our fantastic illustrators, Dorian Noël and Georgina Blusch. Discover how we reconstructed both extinct and living species, and read about the obstacles we had to overcome during the COVID-19 pandemic in this A5 artbook exclusive to this website.
Comes free with The Bichir Handbook, or £1.00 for a new/additional copy from the webstore. This bookmark also doubles up as a checklist for every living species of Polypterid. Tick the species you have, photograph the bookmark and upload the photo to social media for us to see!
Comes free with The Bichir Handbook, or £3.50 for a new/additional copy from the webstore. This exclusive poster features a portrait distribution map of Polypterids in Africa, and on the other side, an illustrated version of the size comparison chart which appears inside the book.
Prices are subject to change & do not include postage
Dating back over 100 million years, across 2 continents; Bichirs are a predatory, air-breathing fish with a perplexing history. Illustrated by ichthyologist and award winning paleoartist Dorian Noël, and artist Georgina Blusch, The Bichir Handbook features detailed reconstructions of both living and extinct species.
Written & designed by aquarist and science communicator Joshua Pickett, this self published handbook provides all the information you need to keep Polypteridae in the aquarium. Where misinformation and lack of data has been prevalent, it's important for there to be a definitive guide into their care.
There is still some work to do on the book in terms of editing and final illustrations, so we are projecting a late Summer/Autumn 2020 release. You will be able to purchase your copy on this website with global shipping, or in select UK retailers.
Whilst the book is in its final stages, we would love for more people to get involved; from hobbyist experiences & photo submissions, to researchers providing valuable insights. Please reach out using the website's contact icon.
Are you an aquarium related advertiser looking to have your artwork appear in print? Contact our team PH Media using the message icon for The Bichir Handbook media pack; which includes ad specs and advertising rates. Limited ad space available.
"It’s not before time that someone that has kept and worked closely with these primitive fishes for many years has finally put their own personal experiences into words. This kind of reading cannot be found from research alone and I hope that would be buyers out there thinking of acquiring it take this into account when purchasing any such book."
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Comparative Biologist Pedro Rizzato
Professor of Biology Emily Standen
Naturalist & Paleoartist Dorian Noël
Paleontologist Mireille Gayet
Paleontologist François J. Meunier
Veterinarian Götz Driesmann
Aquatic Ecologist Russell Tate
Biologist Andy Turko
Biologist Trina Du
Conservationist Ivan Mikolji
During the wait for The Bichir Handbook, here's a great video showing their diversity and the fundamentals of housing them comfortably in the aquarium.
The photo(s) must be your own and submitted as a high-resolution JPEG (as high as your camera will allow). If you do not have a camera of a high-quality please still submit your photos. The photo must not contain violence, profanity, sex or direct attacks on individuals or organizations. Any entries deemed offensive will be immediately disqualified.
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