Australian Lungfish


Common name : Queensland lungfish, Burnett salmon, Barramunda

Scientific name : Neoceratodus forsteri

Family : Ceratodontidae

Native to : Queensland

Interesting fact : It has onlyone lung whereas other species havea pair and can live outside water for days.

Conservation status : Not Evaluated

The only living member of the family, the Australian lungfish is a species as old as dinosaurs. Found in freshwater pools and rivers, they eat frogs, snails, earthworms and plants. Due to poor eyesight, they rely on electroreception to hunt for prey. They spawn at night from August to December; eggs hatch after three weeks.

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