|Cat-eLog Data Sheet|
|Scientific Name||Neosilurus ater (Perugia, 1894)|
|Common Name(s)||Australian Eel-tailed Catfish, Black Catfish, Black Finned Eel Catfish, Butter Jew, Narrow-Fronted Tandan|
|Type Locality||Inawi, Papua, New Guinea.|
|Synonym(s)||Lambertia atra, Neosilurus mediobarbis, Tandanus ater|
|Pronunciation||Nee oh see loo russ - A terr|
|Etymology||The generic name comes from the Latin neo, meaning new and Silurus, a catfish name frequently used to form generic names. The specific epithet means black in Latin, and refers to the blackish colour of this species|
|Size||450mm (17.7") SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.|
|Identification||Distinguished from congeners by its relatively elongate snout. Gray to blackish overall (sometimes mottled), paler on the belly. In some populations, both sexes develop a bright golden-orange hue on the sides during breeding.|
|Distribution||Northern Australia and central-southern New Guinea.
Australia waters, Northern Australia Waters (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Pacific, South Pacific, New Guinea Pacific area, New Guinea Waters, Central New Guinea Waters (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Pacific, South Pacific, New Guinea Pacific area, New Guinea Waters, Southern New Guinea Waters (click on these areas to find other species found there) (Click the map-icon to show/hide map of species distribution)
|pH||6.4 - 7.6|
|Temperature||20.0-27.0°C or 68-80.6°F (Show others within this range)|
|Feeding||Feeds on molluscs, insects and prawns in the wild. Carnivorous but not a fussy eater in the aquarium. Will not eat small fishes.|
|Furniture||Found in rivers and smaller streams, usually where currents are relatively swift. Thus, plenty of swimming space is required. Hiding spaces in the form of PVC pipes and / or driftwood are necessary.|
|Compatibility||A peaceful, solitary species. Can be safely kept with smaller fishes.|
|Breeding||In northern Australia, breeding takes place during December in shallow areas with a good water flow and a sand / gravel substrate. Eggs of about 2 mm in diameter are produced.|
|References||Ann. Wien. Mus. Naturges.v. 1 (no. 1) - pp25
Allen, GR, H Midgley & M Allen, 2002. Field guide to the freshwater fishes of Australia. Western Australian Museum, Perth. 394 pp.
|Registered Keepers||(1) snowball, (2) Jools (k: 3), (3) Albinoblackcatfish, (4) Snowy (k: 6), (5) amiidae, (6) Lenna, (7) MilkMan, (8) milosz.
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- CotM 2007 October
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|Last Update||2011 Sep 10 05:55 (species record created: 2001 Apr 24 00:00)|
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