Australian Lungfish

on November 17, 2009


Australian Lungfish

The fossils of a creature almost identical to the Australian lungfish were found in Northern Ireland and were conventionally dated at 100 million years. With the Australian lungfish being limited to the waters of Queensland, Australia, how did remains of this creature get in Northern Ireland? Simple. Before the global Flood, the Australian lungfish may not have been limited to its present region. Also, the effects of the Flood could have moved this creature to the area of present-day Northern Ireland and buried it for people to find later. These fossil finds are an amazing testimony to God’s hand in creating the lungfish kind and to His hand in covering the entire earth in a global Flood.


  • The Australian lungfish has a long, heavy body that is covered with large, overlapping scales.
  • Its coloring is brown to green. Some have dark spots near the tail.
  • The adult’s belly is white, but the young’s belly can be an orange-pink.
  • Its fins are stiff and resemble flippers instead of fins.

Fun Facts

  • This creature is also known as the Queensland lungfish.
  • During periods of drought, this fish can survive by breathing air, surfacing one or two times each hour, when the supply of oxygen in the water is low.
  • Of all the lungfish species, the Australian lungfish is the only one that has a single lung.
  • The oldest known Australian lungfish is 80 years old or older.

Created Kind Members

CLASS: Sarcopterygii (lobe-finned fishes and terrestrial vertebrates)
ORDER: Lepidosireniformes (lungfishes)
FAMILY: Ceratodontidae (lungfishes)
GENUS/SPECIES: Neoceratodus forsteri

Size: Up to 4.5 ft (1.4 m); commonly 3 ft (1 m)
Diet: Frogs, fish, shrimp, earthworms, plants, and fallen fruit
Habitat: In the deep pools of slow-flowing waters of Queensland, Australia

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