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Named for famous Australian naturalist the late Harry Buttler AO CBE
Commonly 150 - 200 mm, up to 250 mm
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.
Not well known, believed to breed in November or December once water temperature has risen above around 29°C.
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.
Not known 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.