Animal Species:Falsespine Catfish, Neosilurus pseudospinosus Allen & Feinberg, 1998
The Falsespine Catfish is endemic to Australia.The species is grey to black above and whitish on the belly.
Standard Common Name
The Falsespine Catfish has an elongate body with a tall first dorsal fin. The second dorsal fin and anal fin are continuous with the caudal fin. There is a flexible cartilaginous spine at the front of the first dorsal fin and pectoral fins. The species is grey to black above and whitish on the belly.
The species grows to 35cm in length.
The Falsespine Catfish is endemic to Australia, occurring in freshwaters of northern Western Australia and the Northern Territory.
The map below shows the Australian distribution of the species based on public sightings and specimens in Australian Museums. Source: Atlas of Living Australia.
Distribution by collection data
- Allen, G.R., Midgley, S.H. & M. Allen. 2002. Field Guide to the Freshwater Fishes of Australia. Western Australian Museum. Pp. 394.
- Allen, G.R. & M.N. Feinberg, 1998. Descriptions of a New Genus and Four New Species of Freshwater Catfishes (Plotosidae) from Australia. Aqua, Journal of Ichthyology and Aquatic Biology. 3 (1): 9-18.
Mark McGrouther , Collection Manager, Ichthyology