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Australian bockadam

Australian bockadam (Cerberus australis)
Darwin, Northern Territory
Photo © Mark Sanders
Cerberus australis - (Schneider, 1799)
Pronunciation  SIR-ber-us   oss-TRAH-liss
Etymology  Cerberus: after Cerberus, the Greek guard dog of the entrance of Hades.
australis: 'southern', or more generally referring to Australia.
Other names  Cerberus rynchops 
Total length
Species avg: 60 cm
Species max: 120 cm
Litter size
Average: 7
Range: 7 - 26
Length and clutch size information comes from a variety of sources, but primarily from Shine (1991) and Cogger (2000).
Description Distribution Natural history Conservation Further information More photos


Coastal areas of north Australia, from the tip of Cape York Peninsula west to the Kimberley.

Found in the following Australian states/territories

Northern Territory, Queensland, Western Australia


Mangrove-lined waterways.

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