Found in clear, flowing streams, turbid rivers, lakes
and stagnant pools. Also inhabits billabongs. and
is a shoaling species forming groups. Reproduction:
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.
Diet: Feeds on insects, crayfish,
prawns, mollusks, worms and crustaceans. 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
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.
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).