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Unlike the African and South American lungfish, the Australian lungfish only has one sack-shaped lung. When there is a drought they are unable to burrow into the mud or move across dry land, so that if its habitat dries out the fish cannot survive. In contrast to its African and South American cousins the Australian lungfish has hardly changed over millions of years, and is therefore regarded as a living fossil.


ClassificationAustralian lungfish and relatives, family Australian lungfish, only species
DietAquatic snails, crustaceans, worms, fishes and plants
HabitatStagnant and lotic waters with intensive plant growth
ReproductionEggs are laid inside spawn lumps on plants; hatchlings after 21 – 30 days; maximum age: 60 years

Status according to Red List

More information you will get on the web page of the IUCN Red List.

Verbreitungskarte Australischer Lungenfisch