Estuary Catfish (Cnidoglanis macrocephalus)

Also known as Cobbler, Estuarine Catfish, Estuary Cobbler, South Australian Catfish, Toothless Catfish

Description

Also known as Cobbler, Estuarine Catfish, Estuary Cobbler, South Australian Catfish, Toothless Catfish.

Found singly during the day in holes or under ledges out foraging for food at night over rock, sand and weedy areas in torpid waters of estuaries and bays. They are bottom feeders and use the barbels around their mouth to detect food.
They feed on algae, crustaceans, organic debris, molluscs and worms.
Length - 90cm
Depth - 0-30m
Indo-Pacific - Australia

Catfish have venomous spines in the fins which can inflict painful wounds.
Repeated stings from these catfish may result in death. Ref: https://www.fishbase.se/summary/Cnidoglanis-macrocephalus

2 comments

  1. Posted by johnny
    January 23, 2017 at 02:24 am - 1 person found this useful.

    Apparently good eating though they need to be killed quickly, skinned, then put on ice immediately. Not a good fighter, they are a dead weight on your line

  2. Posted by Ryan
    March 15, 2014 at 12:20 pm - 1 person found this useful.

    Hi Mario. The black catfish that you have pictured is not actually any of the catfish you mentioned. It is actually a Black Sailfin Catfish that is endemic to Ningaloo Reef - which is where you found it. The other, pale catfish, are as you described them.

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