Dorsal spines (total): 1; Dorsal soft rays (total):
115-130; Anal spines: 0; Anal soft rays: 87 - 102.
Differs from Paraplotosus albilabris and
P. muelleri in having a tall, sail-like first
dorsal fin and extremely long nasal barbels, which
extend posteriorly to the basal third of the pectoral
fin or beyond. Colouration: Small
juveniles have a unique colouration consisting of
a black head and body with a broad white to yellow
margin on the first dorsal fin and continuous dorsal-caudal-anal
fin. Adults are entirely black. Habitat:
Restricted to coastal reefs. Secretive, found in reef
holes or under large rocks. Presumably nocturnal.
Diet: Feeds on gastropod mollusks
Northern Australia. Type locality:
Near Broome, ca. 17º58'S, 122º14'E, Western
1998. A review of the marine catfish genus Paraplotosus
(Plotosidae) with the description of a new species
from north-western Australia. Raf. Bull. Zool. 46(1):123-134. Ferraris, C.J. Jr., 2007. Checklist
of catfishes, recent and fossil (Osteichthyes: Siluriformes),
and catalogue of siluriform primary types. Zootaxa
1418:1-628. Froese, R. and D. Pauly. Editors.
2023. FishBase. World Wide Web electronic publication.
www.fishbase.org, ( 02/2023 ).