Cat-eLog Right Arrow Plotosidae Right Arrow Neosilurus

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Scientific NameNeosilurus ater  (Perugia, 1894)
Common NamesBlack Finned Eel Catfish
Australian Eel-tailed Catfish, Black Catfish, Butter Jew, Narrow-fronted Tandan
Type LocalityInawi, Papua, New Guinea.
Synonym(s)Lambertia atra, Neosilurus mediobarbis, Tandanus ater
PronunciationNee oh see loo russ - A terr
EtymologyThe 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
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Size 450mm or 17.7" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
IdentificationDistinguished 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.
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DistributionNorthern 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)
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pH6.4 - 7.6
Temperature20.0-27.0°C or 68-80.6°F (Show species within this range)
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FeedingFeeds on molluscs, insects and prawns in the wild. Carnivorous but not a fussy eater in the aquarium. Will not eat small fishes.
FurnitureFound 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.
CompatibilityA peaceful, solitary species. Can be safely kept with smaller fishes.
BreedingIn 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.
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ReferencesAnnali del Museo Civico di Storia Naturale di Genova (Serie 2) v. 14, pp 551 [6]
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, (9) Eeltail, (10) unstoppablejayd.

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Breeding ReportsNone.
Articles
Article - CotM 2007 October
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Last Update2013 Jul 19 17:59 (species record created: 2001 Apr 24 00:00)