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  • Arius berneyi
  • Arius berneyi
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Scientific Name Arius berneyi  (Whitley, 1941)
Common Name(s) Berney's Shark Catfish
Lesser Salmon Catfish
Type Locality Pools of Flinders R., near Hughenden and Richmond, Queensland, Australia.
Synonym(s) Arius cleptolepis, Tachysurus berneyi
Pronunciation AR ee uss - ber NAY eye
Etymology Arius: From the Greek arios, meaning warlike or bellicose; in reference to the well-developed fin spines. The species is named after the ornithologist F.L. Berney.
Jump to next section Species Information
Size 380mm (15") SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
Identification Similar to A. graeffei, but with taller dorsal fin and smaller eye. Palatal teeth patches roughly the same size (vs. outer patches larger than inner in A. graeffei). Silvery bronze to dark gray overall and paler below.
Jump to next section Habitat Information
Distribution New Guinea and northern Australia.
Pacific, South Pacific, North Australian Pacific Coast (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Pacific, South Pacific, New Guinea Pacific area (click on these areas to find other species found there)
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IUCN Red List Status Least Concern
pH 6.4 - 8.0
Temperature 20.0-28.0°C or 68-82.4°F (Show others within this range)
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Feeding Will eat a wide variety of live and prepared foods.
Furniture Provide driftwood and rocks.
Compatibility Active, shoaling species peaceful enough to be kept with other fish of equivalent size.
Breeding Not known. Assumed to be oral incubator.
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References Aust. Zool.v. 10 (pt 1) - pp9 - Fig. 8 (no. 5)
Registered Keepers (1) RobDoran1, (2) nvcichlids (k: 5), who also notes: "Kept these years ago in my brackish biotope tank", (3) Andie6, (4) jscoggs27, (5) dasquee (k: 5), (6) Jass.

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Breeding Reports None.
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Last Update 2013 Jul 19 15:41 (species record created: 2001 Apr 02 00:00)


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