Encyclopaedia of Cryptozoology
Vietnamese lungfish
Category Sarcopterygii
Proposed scientific names
Other names Giant lungfish
Country reported Vietnam
First reported 1991[1]
Prominent investigators Roy P. Mackal
Karl Shuker

The Vietnamese lungfish was a cryptid lobe-finned fish reported from Vietnam. Roy P. Mackal collected "excellent first-hand anecdotal reports" indicating the existence of a very large, 6 ft (1.8 m) long species of lungfish (order Dipnoi) in that country.[1][2] The known lungfishes are found only in South America, Africa, and Australia.[3] The marbled lungfish (Protopterus aethiopicus) of Africa's Nilotic wetlands may grow to a similar size as the alleged Vietnamese species, as the largest recorded specimen was around 6 ft (1.8 m) in length.[4]

Notes and references[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Shuker, Karl P. N. (1991) Extraordinary Animals Worldwide, Robert Hale, ISBN 07090-44216
  2. Shuker, Karl P. N. "A Supplement to Dr Bernard Heuvelmans' Checklist of Cryptozoological Animals," Fortean Studies, Vol. 5 (1998)
  3. Eberhart, George M. (2002) Mysterious Creatures: A Guide to Cryptozoology, ABC-CLIO, Inc., ISBN 1576072835
  4. Heuvelmans, Bernard (1978) Les Derniers Dragons d'Afrique, Plon, ISBN 978-2259003872