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Could someone please help identify this fish?(Estuary Cobbler)



Went fishing this morning in Manning Lake at Harrington on the mid north coast NSW today. Took the daughter and her grandparents.

Anyway we caught this beast. I'm guessing it's a type of catfish but I can't find anything online that looks the same.

Can anyone identify?


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Just goes to show how if your not sure about a fish handle it very carefully 😳

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cnidoglanis_macrocephalus#:~:text=The estuary cobbler is an inshore marine species,found in holes and on ledges in banks.


Like other eeltail catfish, the cobbler resembles a catfish in front, but an eel behind. It can grow up to 91.0 centimetres (35.6 in) SL, 2,500 grams (5.5 lb). They may live up to 13 years.[2] The dorsal and pectoral fins have sharp, venomous spines that can inflict painful wounds.[2]


Treatment of injuries by submersion of the wound in hot water is suggested though the role of heat in denaturation of toxins is debated.[4]

However, despite this study, hot water immersion is still the recommended first aid treatment for envenomation. [5]

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11 minutes ago, Isaac Ct said:

there is also a forum called 'The Aquarium' where raiders post there queries about the identity of fish. Check it out if you have any other fish you aren't sure about. Hope this helps.

Thanks, will do.

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