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|Scientific Name||Neoarius graeffei (Kner & Steindachner, 1867)|
|Common Names||Australian Shark Catfish
Blue Salmon-catfish, Blue Catfish, Blå Havmalle (Denmark), Lesser Salmon Catfish
|Type Locality||Samoa [doubtful].|
|Synonym(s)||Ariopsis graeffei, Arius australis, Arius australis, Arius curtisii, Arius curtisii, Arius graeffei, Hexanematichthys australis|
|Pronunciation||Nee oh ar ee uss. - GRAY fie.|
|Etymology||Neo, new (newly discovered) and 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||600mm or 23.6" 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 grey 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)
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 (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||Sitzungsberichte der Kaiserlichen Akademie der Wissenschaften. Mathematisch-Naturwissenschaftliche Classe v. 54 (pt 3)|
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|Last Update||2019 May 30 08:42 (species record created: 2005 Apr 16 00:00)|