Maccullochella peelii (Murray Cod)
Family: Percichthyidae (Temperate Perch)
Status: Native. Special protection in ACT and Vulnerable in Commonwealth jurisdiction.
Size: Adult fish reach 80–100 cm in length and may grow to over 1 m. Largest on record was over 1.8 m and about 113 kg.
Description: A large grouper-like fish with a deep, elongated body that is round in cross section, an olive green back with darker mottling extending to the head. It also has a protruding lower jaw.
Location: Found in large and medium waterways across the Murray Darling basin and stocked into several impoundments. Strongly associated with structural habitat such as snags. The species has suffered a substantial decline in abundance since European invasion/settlement, particularly in the last 70 years.
Maccullochella peelii is listed in the following regions:
Canberra & Southern Tablelands | Albury, Wodonga
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