Neosilurus brevidorsalis (Günther, 1867)
Shortfin tandan
photo by James, A.

Family:  Plotosidae (Eeltail catfishes)
Max. size:  20 cm SL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  demersal
Distribution:  Asia and Oceania: northern Australia and central-southern New Guinea.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 1-1; Dorsal soft rays (total): 4-5; Anal spines: 0-0; Anal soft rays: 56-93
Biology:  Occurs in lakes, swamps and rivers, including turbid backwaters and clear, flowing tributaries (Ref. 2847). Inhabits bottom of warm, clear, flowing streams; also lives in billabongs and flooded lagoons (Ref. 44894). Feeds on insects, prawns, mollusks and small crayfish (Ref. 5259, 44894). Reaches sexual maturity at about 12 centimeters (Ref. 44894).
IUCN Red List Status: Not Evaluated (N.E.) Ref. (119314)
Threat to humans:  venomous
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Entered by: Luna, Susan M. - 08.08.94
Modified by: Ortañez, Auda Kareen - 04.07.06
Checked by: Torres, Armi G. - 01.05.96

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