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Berney's Catfish

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Scientific Name
Neoarius berneyi, formerly Arius berneyi

Other Common Names
Highfin catfish, lesser salmon catfish, fork-tailed catfish

Up to 380 mm, 500 g

Conservation Status
Not threatened

Inhabits smaller streams as well as rivers.  Appears to favour slow-flowing streams, often found in turbid conditions.

Berney's Catfish distribution areaArius berneyi is known to inhabit coastal rivers and streams in the Gulf of Carpentaria and northern areas of the Northern Territory as far west as the Mary River system.



The life history of this fish is not well known.  It is assumed that like other members of the group it is a mouth brooder, and that the eggs would be incubated by the male.  There is some evidence that these fish will spawn in fresh water.

Feeds on benthic crustaceans, aquatic plants, insect larvae and bottom detritus.

Not usually considered to be an angling target.

On the table
Not considered a table fish.

In the aquarium
Not well known as an aquarium fish, but other members of this group can make excellent aquarium specimens, so there is no reason to think that these fish would be otherwise.  In any case, this species smaller size than some other members of the group should make it a more satisfactory subject.