Jungle perch

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Kuhlia rupestris

Grows to 50 cm and 3 kg although it is rare to encounter such large specimens. Silver in colour with dark scale margins. Distinctive black spots on the tail. Prefers flowing clearwater habitats with good quality riparian vegetation. Successfully colonises upland pool habitat above substantial rapids. Undertakes wet season spawning migrations to estuarine areas. Popular recreational species. Known to occur in the Burdekin River (below Clare Weir only), Black River basin, Ross River basin, Haughton River and Barratta Creek. Absent from the Upper Burdekin catchment. Range has been reduced due to fish passage barriers within the Ross, lower Burdekin (Clare Weir) and Haughton River (Val Bird Weir) catchments.

Acknowledgements

Much of the information about fish species and their distribution in the Burdekin Dry Tropics region presented throughout this Wiki is based on the work of Pusey(2005). The Australian Centre for Tropical Freshwater Research (ACTFR) also provided access to their Northern Australian Fish (NAF) database (in press), which contains the most current available fish survey data for tropical Australia. Allan Webb also from ACTFR provided information of the expanding list of exotic fish species recorded from the immediate Townsville region principally the Ross River. Additional information about species distribution is the authors experience (principally Jim Tait) and knowledge of the region. Descriptions of species are based on Allen et. al. (2002) and Pusey et. al (2004) with additional detail and comments by the authors of the Fish Passage Study.

Fish illustrations and mapping by Jason Carter. Illustrations have been drawn from specimens and photographs and after other illustrations, in particular Swainston and Ruse (in Allen 1997) and Pusey (in Pusey et. al. 2004)

Acknowledgements

Much of the information about fish species and their distribution in the Burdekin Dry Tropics region presented throughout this Wiki is based on the work of Pusey(2005). The Australian Centre for Tropical Freshwater Research (ACTFR) also provided access to their Northern Australian Fish (NAF) database (in press), which contains the most current available fish survey data for tropical Australia. Allan Webb also from ACTFR provided information of the expanding list of exotic fish species recorded from the immediate Townsville region principally the Ross River. Additional information about species distribution is the authors experience (principally Jim Tait) and knowledge of the region. Descriptions of species are based on Allen et. al. (2002) and Pusey et. al (2004) with additional detail and comments by the authors of the Fish Passage Study.

Fish illustrations and mapping by Jason Carter. Illustrations have been drawn from specimens and photographs and after other illustrations, in particular Swainston and Ruse (in Allen 1997) and Pusey (in Pusey et. al. 2004)

References

  • Australian Centre for Tropical Freshwater Research (in press) Northern Australia Fish (NAF) database.
  • Pusey, B. Kennard, M. & Arthington, A. (2004) Freshwater Fishes of North-eastern Australia, CSIRO Publishing. (Available from http://www.publish.csiro.au/pid/3922.htm)

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