Wilang, Tandanus bellingerensis Welsh, Jerry, Burrows & Rourke 2017

Holotype of the Wilang, Tandanus bellingerensis, from the Bellinger River, New South Wales. Source: Stuart Welsh. License: All rights reserved

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Bray, D.J. 2017, Tandanus bellingerensis in Fishes of Australia, accessed 21 May 2018, http://fishesofaustralia.net.au/Home/species/5360

Wilang, Tandanus bellingerensis Welsh, Jerry, Burrows & Rourke 2017

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Endemic to the Bellinger, Macleay, Hastings, and Manning rivers of the mid-northern coast, New South Wales.

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Differs from other species of Tandanus by having a combination of the following characters: a high count of rays in the continuous caudodorsal and anal fins (range 153–169, mode 159), a high count of gill rakers on the first arch (range 35–39, mode 36), and strongly recurved posterior serrae of the pectoral-fin spine.


The species is named bellingerensis in reference to the Bellinger River drainage, where this taxon was first recognized as an undescribed species based on genetic evidence. The common name ‘‘Wilang’’ (pronounced ‘‘Wilung’’) is based on the traditional name for catfish in the Gathang Language Group, the language of the Birrbay, Warrimay, and Guringay people. This name is also used by the Dhanggati Language Group.

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Type locality: male, Bellinger River at mouth of Kip Creek on Darkwood Road, approx. 26 km W of Bellingen, NSW, 30 26 39.8 S, 152 37 14.1 E.


Bray, D.J. 2017

Wilang, Tandanus bellingerensis Welsh, Jerry, Burrows & Rourke 2017


Stuart A. Welsh, S.A., Jerry, D.R., Burrows, D.W. & Rourke, M.L. 2017. A New Species of Freshwater Eel-tailed Catfish of the Genus Tandanus (Teleostei: Plotosidae) from Coastal Rivers of Mid-northern New South Wales, Australia. Copeia 105(2): 229–236.

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