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  • Arius berneyi
  • Arius berneyi
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Scientific NameArius berneyi  (Whitley, 1941)
Common Name(s)Berney's Shark Catfish
Lesser Salmon Catfish
Type LocalityPools of Flinders R., near Hughenden and Richmond, Queensland, Australia.
Synonym(s)Arius cleptolepis, Tachysurus berneyi
PronunciationAR ee uss - ber NAY eye
EtymologyArius: 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.
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Size 380mm or 15" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
IdentificationSimilar 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.
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DistributionNew 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 StatusLeast Concern
pH6.4 - 8.0
Temperature20.0-28.0°C or 68-82.4°F (Show others within this range)
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FeedingWill eat a wide variety of live and prepared foods.
FurnitureProvide driftwood and rocks.
CompatibilityActive, shoaling species peaceful enough to be kept with other fish of equivalent size.
BreedingNot known. Assumed to be oral incubator.
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ReferencesAust. 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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Last Update2013 Jul 19 15:41 (species record created: 2001 Apr 02 00:00)