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Butler's Grunter

Scientific Name
Syncomistes butleri

Other Common Names
None

Size
Commonly 150 - 200 mm, up to 250 mm

Conservation Status
Not threatened

Habitat
Prefering deep rocky pools, this species uses a variety of habitats from sluggish, turbid lagoons to clear, swiftly flowing headwaters.  Know to tolerate temperatures in these waters as high as 34°C and pH as low as 4.3.

Distribution
Butler's Grunter distribution areaDistributed in north-western Australia from the Drysdale and Ord River systems in Western Australia to the South Alligator River in the Northern Territory.

 

 

Reproduction
Not well know, believed to breed in November or December once water temperature has risen above around 29°C.

Diet
Herbivorous, adults feed mainly on filamentous algae with jaws modified for the purpose and a long, highly coiled intestine to aid in its digestion.  Also feeds on terrestrial plant material and detritus.

Angling
Not know as an angling species.

On the table
Not a table fish.

In the aquarium
Juveniles are suitable for keeping in aquaria, but adults are timid and easily alarmed.  Juveniles can be fed on a variety of small live foods and dried food, larger subjects will take frozen prawn and fish pellets.