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Scientific Name Neosilurus ater  (Perugia, 1894)
Common Names Black Finned Eel Catfish
Australian Eel-tailed Catfish, Black Catfish, Butter Jew, Narrow-fronted Tandan
Type Locality Inawi, eastern 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
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Size 470mm or 18.5" 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.
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Distribution Oceania: 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)

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IUCN Red List Category Least Concern, range map and more is available on the IUCN species page. Last assessed 2019.
pH 6.4 - 7.6
Temperature 20.0-27.0°C or 68-80.6°F (Show species within this range)
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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.
Breeding Reports There is no breeding report.
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Reference Annali del Museo Civico di Storia Naturale di Genova (Serie 2) v. 14, pp 551 [6].
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Last Update 2020 Oct 25 01:00 (species record created: 2001 Apr 24 00:00)