Freshwater Longtom

Strongylura krefftii
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Quick Facts

Scientific name Strongylura krefftii
Other names Fitzroy Garpike, Long Tom
Size Up to 85 cm (33.4 in)
Weight Under 2 kg (4.4 lb)


Habitat & AU Distribution Fresh, brackish & marine waters in rivers, wetlands, creeks, lagoons & tidal coastal areas often near structure & vegetation
Depth Range 0 - 5 m (16 ft)
Freshwater Longtom Distribution

Interesting Info

  • The Freshwater longtom is found many parts of northern Australia including Queensland, the Northern Territory & Western Australia.
  • This species is a primitive fish that has remained largely unchanged for millions of years, with fossils of similar species dating back to the Cretaceous period.
  • The species is known for its elongated, tube-like snout, which contains sharp teeth that it uses to catch prey. Is has an olive-brown or grey-brown upper body, with a lighter underside.
  • The Freshwater longtom is an ambush predator and prefer to remain still and motionless, waiting for prey to come within striking distance before attacking. They are carnivorous, feeding on a variety of fish, crustaceans, and insects.
  • Their lifespan is estimated to be around 3-5 years.
Species Interaction

Recreational Fishing

Freshwater Longtom are a popular game fish in Australia and is known for its strong fighting ability and acrobatic jumps when hooked, making it a prized catch for recreational anglers.

Scientific Classification

Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Chordata

Class: Actinopterygii

Order: Beloniformes

Family: Belonidae

Genus: Strongylura

Species: Strongylura krefftii/span>

Conservation Status

The Freshwater Longtom is listed as a Vulnerable species on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. The Australian government has listed it as a vulnerable species due to its declining population.

How to catch
Freshwater Longtom

Catch Difficulty: Intermediate

Tackle: Running Sinker Rig, Artificial Rig

Bait: Lures, Pilchards, Prawns, Worms, Yabbies, Soft plastics, Live minnow, Insects

Technique: Keep bait close to structure, Cast lures close to structure

Popularity: Targeted

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