Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Siluriformes
(Catfish) > Plotosidae
Etymology: Neosilurus: Greek, neos = new + Greek, silouros = cat fish (Ref. 45335).
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Freshwater; demersal. Tropical; 1°S - 12°S
Asia and Oceania: northern Australia and central-southern New Guinea.
12Length at first maturity / Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?, range 12 - ? cm
Max length : 20.0 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 5259); common length : 15.0 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 5259)
Morphology | Morphometrics
Occurs in lakes, swamps and rivers, including turbid backwaters and clear, flowing tributaries (Ref. 2847). Inhabits bottom of warm, clear, flowing streams; also lives in billabongs and flooded lagoons (Ref. 44894). Feeds on insects, prawns, mollusks and small crayfish (Ref. 5259, 44894). Reaches sexual maturity at about 12 centimeters (Ref. 44894).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Allen, G.R., 1989. Freshwater fishes of Australia. T.F.H. Publications, Inc., Neptune City, New Jersey. (Ref. 5259)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 119314)
CITES (Ref. 115941)
Threat to humans
Fisheries: commercial; gamefish: yes
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates of some properties based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5005 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00457 (0.00197 - 0.01063), b=3.07 (2.87 - 3.27), in cm Total Length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 3.5 ±0.50 se; Based on food items.
Resilience (Ref. 69278
): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low to moderate vulnerability (26 of 100) .