Estuary Catfish


The Estuary Catfish has a large flattened head and a body that tapers to a pointed tail. The dorsal, caudal and anal fins are continuous.

The dorsal and pectoral fins each have an embedded spine. These serrated spines are poisonous. Puncture wounds from an Estuary Catfish spine can be very painful.


This species has a relatively small mouth that is surrounded by four pairs of barbels. A fifth pair of barbels is present above the snout.

The Estuary Catfish is mottled brown and yellow.

Location or Region Found

It occurs in estuaries and silty bays of temperate marine waters from southern Queensland to southern Western Australia.

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