Cooper Creek catfish

The Cooper Creek catfish, Neosiluroides cooperensis, is a species of catfish (order Siluriformes) of the family Plotosidae, and is the only species of the genus Neosiluroides.[1][2] It is known from the Cooper Creek system of the Lake Eyre drainage.[1][3] This species grows up to about 46.0 centimetres (18.1 in) SL.[3]

Cooper Creek catfish
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Siluriformes
Family: Plotosidae
Genus: Neosiluroides
Allen & Feinberg, 1998
N. cooperensis
Binomial name
Neosiluroides cooperensis
Allen & Feinberg, 1998

It is usually found in larger, more permanent waterholes with an earth and clay substrate, where significant flow occurs only after severe rainfall events; at this time, water is typically very turbid. It is very aggressive towards other fishes, particularly in captivity.[3] These fish feed on gastropods and crustaceans.[3] This species has the largest egg size (3–4 millimetres or .12–.16–in) and the lowest fecundity (about 1000 eggs per spawning) per unit length of any plotosid catfish in Australia.[3]


  1. ^ a b Ferraris, Carl J. Jr. (2007). "Checklist of catfishes, recent and fossil (Osteichthyes: Siluriformes), and catalogue of siluriform primary types" (PDF). Zootaxa. 1418: 1–628. doi:10.11646/zootaxa.1418.1.1.
  2. ^ "Cooper Creek Catfish". Archived from the original on 1 September 2007. Retrieved 1 August 2007.
  3. ^ a b c d e Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2007). "Neosiluroides cooperensis" in FishBase. Aug 2007 version.