Soft-spined catfish

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Neosiluris mollespiculum

Dark grey to yellowish grey-brown overall. Can reach 41 cm in length but is most common in the 15-20 cm range. Broadcast spawners with demersal eggs. Endemic to the Burdekin River basin and has a patchy restricted distribution affording it a high conservation value. Reported in the Burdekin River ( Upper and Lower catchments), Fanning River, Keelbottom Creek, Fletcher Creek, Belyando River and Bowen River. Expected to also occur in Running River.

Acknowledgements

Much of the information about fish species and their distribution in the Burdekin Dry Tropics region presented throughout this Wiki is based on the work of Pusey (2005). The Australian Centre for Tropical Freshwater Research (ACTFR) also provided access to their Norther Australian Fish (NAF) database (in press), which contains the most current available fish survey data for tropical Australia. Allan Webb also from ACTFR provided information of the expanding list of exotic fish species recorded from the immediate Townsville region principally the Ross River. Additional information about species distribution is the authors experience (principally Jim Tait) and knowledge of the region. Descriptions of species are based on Allen et. al. (2002) and Pusey et. al (2004) with additional detail and comments by the authors of the Fish Passage Study.

Fish illustrations and mapping by Jason Carter. Illustrations have been drawn from specimens and photographs and after other illustrations, in particular Swainston and Ruse (in Allen 1997) and Pusey (in Pusey et. al. 2004)

References

  • Australian Centre for Tropical Freshwater Research (in press) Northern Australia Fish (NAF) database.
  • Pusey, B. Kennard, M Arthington, A (2004) Freshwater Fishes of North-eastern Australia,CSIRO Publishing. (Available from http://www.publish.csiro.au/pid/3922.htm)

External Links

Soft-spined catfish Burdekin Region distribution

Burdekin Region distribution

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