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  • Porochilus argenteus
  • Porochilus argenteus
  • Porochilus argenteus
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Scientific Name Porochilus argenteus  (Zietz, 1896)
Common Name Silver Tandan
Type Locality Cooper Creek, near Innamincka, South Australia.
Synonym(s) Neosilurus argenteus
Pronunciation ar JEN tee uss
Etymology Porochilus: Greek, poros = porous + Greek, cheilos =lip. The specific name, argenteus, means silver in reference to this species overall colour.
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Size 300mm or 11.8" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
Identification Silver tandans are often placed in the genus Neosilurus, although the latest work suggest their placement in Porochilus.
Sexing They may be sexed by the shape of their urogenital papilla, females are short and flat, males papilla are longer and pointed.
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Distribution Found in Central Australia in the Diamantina and Georgina rivers, Cooper Creek, and parts of the drainages on the Barkley Tablelands. One record also exists from the Macumba River in South Australia. Records from the Finke River are incorrect and it is not the type locality as some have suggested.
Australia waters, Central Australia Waters (click on these areas to find other species found there)

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pH 7.5 - 8.2
Temperature 9.0-30.0°C or 48.2-86°F (Show species within this range)
Other Parameters 20-40 dH.
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Feeding Flake foods and live foods of any kind.
Breeding This species probably spawn during flooding and undertake substantial migrations, either as adults and / or juveniles.
Breeding Reports There is no breeding report.
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Reference Report on the work of the Horn Expedition to Central Australia. Part 2, pp 410, Pl. 16 (fig. 7).
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Last Update 2019 Sep 24 11:21 (species record created: 2005 Dec 27 00:00)