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Cat-eLog Right Arrow Plotosidae Right Arrow Neosiluroides

  • Neosiluroides cooperensis
  • Neosiluroides cooperensis
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Scientific Name Neosiluroides cooperensis  Allen & Feinberg, 1998
Common Name(s) Cooper Creek Catfish
Type Locality Callamurra Waterhole, Cooper's Creek, 11.3 kilometers east of Innamincka, South Australia, about 27°41'S, 140°51'E.
Pronunciation koo per en siss
Etymology Neosiluroides: Greek, neos = new + Greek, silouros = cat fish cooperensis: Named for its known distribution, Cooper Creek.
Jump to next section Species Information
Size 600mm (23.6") SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
Identification Cooper Creek catfish have only been captured in relatively large waterholes. No fish smaller than 160mm (6.4in) TL have ever been recorded.
Sexing They may be sexed by the shape of their urogenital papilla, females are short and flat, males papilla are longer and pointed.
Jump to next section Habitat Information
Distribution Confined to the Cooper Creek system where they are widespread and usually common, though not abundant.
Australia waters, Cooper Creek (click on these areas to find other species found there)
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Jump to next section Husbandry Information
Feeding They appear to be carnivorous with snails and shrimp having been found in their guts.
Furniture Requires open swimming space.
Compatibility Peaceful if gregarious.
Breeding Cooper Creek catfish have only been captured in relatively large waterholes. No fish smaller than 160mm (6.4in) TL have ever been recorded.
Jump to next section Further Information
References Aqua, Journal of Ichthyology and Aquatic Biology v. 3 (no. 1), pp 12, Fig. 2.
Info. provided by Australian Desert Fishes
Registered Keepers None.
Breeding Reports None.
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Last Update 2013 Jul 10 21:06 (species record created: 2002 Jan 05 00:00)


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