Inhabits pools and flowing streams, swimming close
to rocky or sandy substrate. Widespread in rivers
and creeks of the Kimberley region and prefer habitat
of variable-sized rocky pools, usually with slow to
relatively swift-flowing water. Description:
The Falsespine Catfish has an elongate body with a
tall first dorsal fin. The second dorsal fin and anal
fin are continuous with the caudal fin. There is a
flexible cartilaginous spine at the front of the first
dorsal fin and pectoral fins. Colouration:
The species is grey to black above and whitish on
the belly. Juveniles are lighter in colour. Remarks:
Closely resembles Neosilurus
the only other Australian plotosid which lacks rigid
dorsal and pectoral spines, but that species has shorter
Ord River, Western Australia. Type locality:
Rocky pool of Ord R. on Old Lissadel Station, Kimberley
Dist., Western Australia, ca. 16º40'S, 128º83'E.
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. Allen, G.R. and M.N. Feinberg, 1998.
Descriptions of a new genus and four new species of
freshwater catfishes (Plotosidae) from Australia.
Aqua J. Ichthyol. Aquat. Biol. 3(1):9-18. Froese, R. and D. Pauly. Editors.
2009. FishBase. World Wide Web electronic publication.
www.fishbase.org, version (01/2017). australianmuseum.net.au