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Marbled lungfish, Protopterus aethiopicus. Can live in riverbeds and other areas that have no rain for portions of the year due to their ability to estivate or burrow in the ground to form an air bubble and breathe out of a hole in the cocoon thus formed. The undifferentiated alveolar pneumocytes and the double capillary system, observed in Protopterus, in general appear to characterize the very primitive lungs of the lower air-breathing vertebrates. Tanzania Digital composite. Composite image

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Keywords

Wild animal / Fish (animal) / Osteichthyes / Sarcopterygii / Lungfish / Marbled lungfish (Protopterus aethiopicus)

Africa / East Africa / Tanzania

Individual / Stage of development / Adult

Enumeration / Alone

Shot / Underwater shot

Species / Species particularity / Fishes particularity / Freshwater fish / Tropical freshwater fish

Image processing / Digital assembly

Individual / Nobody

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Vertebrata / Pisces / Osteichthya / Crossopterigii / Dipnoiformes / Lepidosirenidae / Protopterus

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