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South American Lungfish

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The South American Lungfish, as its name tells, can be found in South America. They prefer swimming in swamps and other slow moving bodies of water.


Scientific Name: Lepidosiren paradoxa Conservation Status: Unknown
Distribution: South America Estimated Length: 4 feet
The South American Lungfish feeds on insects, snails, algae and shrimp, along with other small insects and vegetation. They have a long, cylindrical body, not unlike an eels. South American Lungfish are air-breathers, and the young, which are tadpole-like, begin to breathe air about 7 weeks after birth.

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