This week, my family and I visited the Melbourne Aquarium. I saw the Australian lungfish there and really wanted to learn more about them. Also known as the Queensland lungfish, they are a really cool fish.
Here are five interesting facts about them:
- They are a very large freshwater fish, growing to 1.5 metres in length.
- Unlike the unrelated African and South American species of lungfish, the Australian lungfish only has one lung. It can stay out of the water for several days at a time, helping it to survive drought and move from one pond to another.
- They can live for a long time, with one Australian lungfish surviving for 80 years in captivity.
- They are mostly carnivorous, eating frogs, tadpoles, small fish, invertebrates and some plants.
- They are a very old species, with fossils dating back over 100 million years. In fact, scientists knew about the fossils before living lungfish were discovered by modern scientists.
I hope that you found these facts interesting and learned something new.
Are there any other interesting facts that you would like to share about Australian lungfish?