There has now been a name change
for the Lesser Salmon Catfish and for other members
of the Ariidae family who reside from Southern New
Guinea and Northern Auastralia. Arius to
Neoarius. Inhabits freshwater rivers and
lagoons, as well as brackish estuaries and coastal
marine waters. Tolerates temperatures from 11°C
to 38°C. Large groups of juveniles are often encountered.
Aquarium Care: Only N. graeffei
berneyi are deemed
appropriate for housing in an aquarium as the rest
get way too big for captivity. You would need a good
sized tank of course as N. graeffei
can grow to around 18" and if kept with other
fish would need to be housed with larger Cichlids
for instance, as they can be carnivorous, but as far
as my enquiry's have thrown up they can be a good
addition to a larger tank. Diet:
Feeds on arthropods, insects, aquatic plants, mollusks,
prawns, crayfish, fishes and bottom detritus. Reproduction:
Takes place from September to February. Marine populations
of N. graeffei appear to undertake extensive
anadromous migrations associated with breeding, but
no such movements were observed in the fluviatile
Salmon Catfish, Blue Catfish, Salmon Catfish
New Guinea and northern Australia, in rivers and along
2007 Checklist of catfishes, recent and fossil (Osteichthyes:
Siluriformes), and catalogue of siluriform primary
types. Froese, R. and D. Pauly. Editors.
2008. FishBase. World Wide Web electronic publication.
www.fishbase.org, version (03/2009). ScotCat
52 October 2000.