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  • Neosilurus hyrtlii
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Scientific Name Neosilurus hyrtlii  Steindachner, 1867
Common Names Yellow Finned Eel Catfish
Common Eel Tail Catfish, Glencoe Tandan, Hyrtl's Catfish, Salmon Catfish, Silver Moonfish, Straight-backed Catfish, White Tandan, Yellow Fin Tandan
Type Locality Fitzroy R., Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia.
Synonym(s) Copidoglanis glencoensis, Eumeda elongata, Neosilurus australis, Neosilurus glencoensis, Neosilurus mortoni, Neosilurus robustus, Silurichthys australis
Pronunciation Nee oh see loo russ - hurt lee aye
Etymology The generic name comes from the Latin neo, meaning new and Silurus, a catfish name frequently used to form generic names. 
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Size 350mm or 13.8" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
Identification Glover (1990) and others have proposed that two species be recognised, N. hyrtlii and N. glencoensis. However, there is little evidence presented to support this hypothesis, thus we follow Allen (1989) in retaining the oldest name.
Sexing They may be sexed by the shape of their urogenital papilla, females have a shorter flatter papilla, males are longer and pointed.
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Distribution Widespread and abundant in all the larger rivers in Central Australia. They are found over most of northern Australia and is the third most widespread fish in Australia.
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Australia waters, Central Australia Waters (click on these areas to find other species found there)

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pH 6.8 - 8.0
Temperature 22.0-28.0°C or 71.6-82.4°F (Show species within this range)
Other Parameters Up to 30 dGH.
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Feeding Primarily carnivorous.
Furniture This species is most commonly found in waterholes in the larger rivers. Thus, plenty swimming space is required.
Compatibility Peaceful if gregarious.
Breeding Hyrtl's catfish has been observed spawning during floods at temperatures around 26°C (79°F). Fecundity for a fish of 186mm (7.4in) SL is 1,600 eggs, a 267mm (10.8in) SL fish contains 15,300 eggs (Orr & Milward 1984). They may be sexed by the shape of their urogenital papilla, females have a shorter flatter papilla, males are longer and pointed.
Breeding Reports There is no breeding report.
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References Sitzungsber. Math.-Naturwiss. Classe K. Akad. Wiss. Wienv. 55 (1. Abth.) - pp14 [6] - Pl. 1 (figs. 3-3a)
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Last Update 2013 Jul 19 17:39 (species record created: 2001 Apr 24 00:00)