The Ornate Bichir Polypterus ornatipinnis is also Near Threatened in East Africa with a quickly declining population. According to the IUCN Red List, they nearly qualified for Vulnerable had it not been for being known in multiple locations in East Africa.
It's also thought that growing desertification will lead to the decline of more bichirs and other fishes. Even the Nile Bichir Polypterus bichir is thought to be extinct in most of North Africa, including Egypt, the country where they were first discovered over 200 years ago. I can't help but wonder what species we may have lost to desertification 5,000 years ago, especially knowing that North Africa was once home to a highly diverse range of polypterids.
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