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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Siluriformes
Family: Plotosidae
Genus: Porochilus
Weber, 1913
Type species
Porochilus obbesi
Weber, 1913

Porochilus is a genus of eeltail catfishes native to Australia and New Guinea.


There are currently four recognized species in this genus:[1]


P. meraukensis grows to 24 centimetres (9 in) TL, while P. obbesi grows to 12 cm (5 in) TL.[2][3]


P. meraukensis is found in quiet backwaters or in well vegetated, swampy lagoons and lakes.[2] P. obbesi lives in slow-flowing streams, backwaters, swamps and lily lagoons, usually among aquatic weeds such as eelgrass; it is also found in lakes. P. obbesi feeds on insects, prawns and mollusks.[3]


  1. ^ Froese, Rainer, and Daniel Pauly, eds. (2012). Species of Porochilus in FishBase. February 2012 version.
  2. ^ a b Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2007). "Porochilus meraukensis" in FishBase. Aug 2007 version.
  3. ^ a b Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2007). "Porochilus obbesi" in FishBase. Aug 2007 version.