|All Fishes Data Sheet|
|Scientific Name||Arius graeffei Kner & Steindachner, 1867|
|Common Names||Australian Shark Catfish
Blue Catfish, Blå Havmalle (Denmark), Lesser Salmon Catfish
|Type Locality||Samoa [doubtful].|
|Synonym(s)||Arius australis, Arius curtisii|
|Pronunciation||AR ee uss - GRAY fie|
|Etymology||Arius: From the Greek arios, meaning warlike or bellicose; in reference to the well-developed fin spines. The species is named after E. Gräffe.|
|Size||500mm or 19.7" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.|
|Identification||Similar to A. berneyi, but eye is smaller and dorsal fin slightly shorter. Outer palatal teeth patches larger than inner patches (equal in A. berneyi). Dusky gray overall (often with bluish tinge) and white underneath.|
|Sexing||Females have longer, more rounded pelvic fins than males.|
|General Remarks||Naturally piebald and albino specimens have been observed.|
|Distribution||Northern Australia and southern New Guinea.
Pacific, South Pacific, New Guinea Pacific area (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Pacific, South Pacific, North Australian Pacific Coast (click on these areas to find other species found there)
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|pH||6.4 - 8.0|
|Temperature||17.0-27.0°C or 62.6-80.6°F (Show species within this range)|
|Feeding||Accepts a wide variety of live and prepared foods.|
|Furniture||Provide driftwood and rocks as hiding places.|
|Compatibility||An active, shoaling species that can be kept with fish of equivalent size or larger.|
|Breeding||Spawns in the wild during spring or early summer at 26°C. An oral incubator, males carry up to 120 eggs for 6-8 weeks. The eggs and developing larvae collected from males can be incubated in an egg cone.|
|Breeding Reports||There is no breeding report.|
|References||Sitzungsber. Akad. Wiss. Wienv. 54 - pp383  - Pl. 4 (fig. 12)|
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|Last Update||2013 Jul 19 19:06 (species record created: 2001 Apr 02 00:00)|