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Taxonomy of Australian lungfish

  • Species:forsteri
  • Genus:Neoceratodus
  • Family:Ceratodontidae
  • Order:Ceratodontiformes (Australian lungfish)
  • Class:Sarcopterygii (lobe-finned fishes)
  • Subphylum:Vertebrata
  • Phylum:Chordata
  • Kingdom:Animalia

Scientific name

Neoceratodus forsteri (Krefft, 1870)

Synonyms of Neoceratodus forsteri

Ceratodus forsteri Krefft, 1870
Ceratodus miolepis Günther, 1871

Other names

English: Queensland lungfish, Burnett salmon and barramunda;
German: Australischer Lungenfisch
Chinese: 澳洲肺魚; 澳洲肺鱼;
Russian: чешуйчатик австралийский; баррамунда;


Freshwater; rivers, streams and deep pools with aquatic vegetation; demersal; potamodromous (short migration); Tropical; temperature range: 22°C – 28°C; endemic to Burnett and Mary River systems in Queensland.

Size range

1.5 m in length; 40 kg and more in weight;

Feeding habits

lungfish essentially carnivorous; frogs, tadpoles, fishes, worms, mollusks, shrimps, insects and insect larvae; also plant material, benthic algae, weeds and detritus;


dioecism; external fertilization; August to October; egg scatterers; adhesive eggs; no parental care;

Conservation Status

Vulnerable; protected species;

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