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Elephant Nose | by Ron's Aquarium Photos
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Elephant Nose

TAXONOMY

Kingdom: Animal

Phylum: Chordate

Class: Actinoptery

Order: Osteoglossiformes

Family: Mormyridae (Elephantfishes)

Genus/species: Gnathonemus petersii

 

GENERAL CHARACTERISTICS: The snout is its most unique feature. It is not actually a nose, but an extension of the mouth that is covered in electroreceptors that capture information from the weak electric field the fish generates. Receptors, which cover much of the body are used to navigate, avoid predators, and find food and mates in the turbid waters of its habitat.

 

Maximum length: 35.0 cm (13 in)

 

DISTRIBUTION/HABITAT: G. petersii are found in African fresh waters often murky.

 

DIET IN THE WILD: They feed mostly at night on worms and insects probably aided by electro-sensory inputs.

 

IUCN: Least Concern

 

Maximum length: 35.0 cm (13 in)

 

DISTRIBUTION/HABITAT: G. petersii are found in African fresh waters often murky.

 

DIET IN THE WILD: They feed mostly at night on worms and insects probably aided by electro-sensory inputs.

 

IUCN: Least Concern

 

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Taken on June 7, 2006