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Neosilurus hyrtlii Steindachner, 1867

Image contributors to this species:

Andrew Hall (3) Peter J. Unmack (1)

ScotCat Sources:

Etymology = Genus

Other Sources:

Fishbase  Google Search  All Catfish Species Inventory


Relevant Information:

Found in clear, flowing streams, turbid rivers, lakes and stagnant pools. Also inhabits billabongs. and is a shoaling species forming groups. Diet: Feeds on insects, crayfish, prawns, mollusks, worms and crustaceans. In the northern populations, breeding occurs at the beginning of the wet season (January to March) in shallow sandy areas in the upper reaches of streams. The spawning habits of interior populations are unknown. Remarks: Further research on the many geographic populations is required as there is a strong possibility that Hyrtl's Tandan may actually represent more than one species.

Common Name:

Hyrtl's Tandan


Silurichthys australis, Neosilurus australis, Eumeda elongata, Neosilurus robustus, Copidoglanis glencoensis, Neosilurus glencoensis, Neosilurus mortoni




Oceania: Endemic to Australia. Northern Australia, from the Pilbara and Kimberley regions of Western Australia eastward across Arnhem Land and the Gulf of Carpentaria drainage to the coastal systems of eastern Queensland as far south as the Mary River. Also found throughout much of the central desert drainage system of South Australia, Queensland, and the Northern Territory.


30cm. (12ins)


22-28°C (71-83°F)


6.5 -8.0.


Allen, Dr. Gerald R.; Freshwater Fishes of Australia p62. TFH Publications, Inc. 1989.
Allen, G.R., S.H. Midgley and M. Allen 2002 Field guide to the freshwater fishes of Australia. Western Australian Museum, , Perth, Western Australia. 394 p.
Froese, R. and D. Pauly. Editors. 2009.FishBase. World Wide Web electronic publication. www.fishbase.org, version (03/2012).



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