With contributions from biologists, paleontologists, ecologists, veterinarians and fishers, The Bichir Handbook explores everything from the identification for all fourteen extant species of the ancient family of freshwater fishes, Polypteridae, the most comprehensive delve into their aquarium husbandry, and some of the first reconstructions of never-before-seen extinct species of bichir. Whether you’re an aquarist, scientist, or someone just interested in natural history, this book will keep you turning the pages. Illustrated by award winning paleoartist and ichthyologist, Dorian Noël, every illustration is hand-painted to define their most identifiable features, in the best full colour illustrations of Polypteridae to date. This beautifully crafted publication contains stunning images of these living fossils, and infographics which will have you referencing back to for years!
210x210mm, 138pp, 150gsm silk paper, Cover & jacket with an anti-scuff finish.
It varies, we post tracked and signed worldwide. Of course, mainland UK is cheaper, and outside of Europe being more expensive due to the pandemic affecting shipping prices, but we have reduced the price of the book to help, and even have retailers around the world which may save you money on postage. See them here!
UK, Europe and Rest of World are delivered from the United Kingdom.
United States is delivered from North America to reduce postage prices slightly (*only 30 copies left here)
Unfortunately we currently cannot ship single copies to some countries, however we are working on updating this. If you are from one of these countries we can't deliver to, please let us know and we will try to arrange something, alternatively, please see our resellers situated around the world, as they may be local to your country.
A spatula would come in handy here, as on the flip side, The Bichir Handbook is the first of a number of books within The Oddball Handbook series. More details on the next book to be announced in the first or second quarter of 2022. Long time readers or savvy taxonomists may even be able to spot some clues as to what fishes the book will focus on!
Recgonised in the top 20 'Best ever fish books' by Practical Fishkeeping Magazine (March 2021).
Award winner at the FIIN Biodiversity Drawing Competition 2020 in the Nature Drawing category
Winner of the 15th Annual National Indie Excellence Awards (NIEA) in the Animals & Pets category.
Silver awards winner of the 2021 Next Generation Indie Book Awards (NGIBA) in the Best Overall Design and Animals/Pets categories.
The wonderful Professor Olaf Weyl from the South African Institute for Aquatic Biodiversity, former editor of the Journal of Fish Biology and the IUCN-FFSG Regional Chair for Southern Africa, gives his thoughts in the foreword.
Award winning illustrator and ichthyologist Dorian Noël has created some of the best full colour illustrations of Polypteriformes to date. 13 Polypterus, 1 Erpetoichthys and 4 extinct bichirs, 3 unseen before!
Water Resource Scientist and Eco-Toxicologist, Russell Tate, who explores and documents habitats and fishes throughout Africa, has provided many photos of the biotopes bichirs are found.
Professor Emily M. Standen from the Standen Lab, who raised bichirs on land, joins to write about Polypterus in science in an insightful look into her research on bichirs.
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Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, postage prices outside of Europe have seen an inflation. We apologise for the inconvenience, and hope the low cover price negates some of this cost.