Scleropages jardinii

(Saville-Kent, 1892)

Vernacular names
English : Australian bonytongue
French : SclĂ©ropage d’Australie

Classification
Class : Teleostei
Order : Osteoglossiformes
Family : Osteoglossidae
Notes : No subspecies known.

Identification
Adults can reach a maximum length of 1 m for a weight of 12 kg. Laterally compressed body, upwards oriented mouth. Coloration silvery-gray to green-gray with pink spots and lines on each flank scales and on gill coverts.

Range and habitat
The species is found in drainages and wetlands of southern New Guinea and Australia. Lives in still waters of rivers and swamps, mostly with aquatic vegetation.

Conservation
IUCN RED LIST : LEAST CONCERN
CITES : Not Listed
Status : This species has a very large range and is now bred in piscicultures and fish farms. It currently faces no known threats.
Ex-Situ Programs : None known

Observation

 

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