Latin Name: Neoceratodus forsteri
Locailty: Southeastern Queensland
The Queensland Lungfish has a single lung, whereas all other species of lungfishes have paired lungs. During dry periods when streams become stagnant, or when water quality changes, lungfishes have the ability to surface and breathe air. When the Queensland Lungfish surfaces to empty and refill its lung the sound is reportedly like that of the “blast from a small bellows”. Under most conditions, this species breathes exclusively using its gills.
Fact: Did you know their ancestors date back 400 million years?