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Nannoperca australis

Southern Pygmy Perch


Nannoperca australis (Southern Pygmy Perch)


Family: Percichthyidae (Temperate Perch)


Status: Native. Endangered in NSW.


Size: A small fish, growing to 65 – 85 mm in length.


Description: Deeply notched long-based dorsal fin, a small mouth, and a squarish to slightly rounded tail. Southern Pygmy Perch have a non-serrated preorbital bone and a round pupil. Breeding males develop brilliant red fins.


Location: Southern Pygmy Perch are usually found amongst aquatic vegetation in a wide range of environments. The species has a patchy distribution due to population declines in recent years - especially in New South Wales. Known in the upper Lachlan and lower Murrumbidgee Catchments in backwaters and macrophytes. According to ALA, one sighting has been recorded in CNM region.


Nannoperca australis is listed in the following regions:

Canberra & Southern Tablelands  |  Albury, Wodonga

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Species information

  • Nannoperca australis Scientific name
  • Southern Pygmy Perch Common name
  • Not Sensitive
  • Very Rare / Threatened
  • Non-Invasive
  • Machine learning

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