Common Galaxias

Galaxias maculatus (Jenyns, 1842)

A small slender, elongate olive-grey to amber Galaxias with irregular darker spots or blotches on the back and sides, a slightly forked tail, and the anal-fin origin directly below the dorsal-fin origin. The eyes, gill covers and belly are silvery-olive to white, and the fins are translucent. Adults migrate downstream and spawn in estuaries, laying their eggs amongst dense vegetation. On hatching, the larvae are washed out to sea and develop in the open ocean, returning as whitebait to the rivers and streams where they hatched.

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What habitats does Galaxias maculatus live in?

Occur in a wide variety of habitat, but mostly in still or slow-flowing waters, mainly in streams, rivers and lakes within a short distance of the sea

What is the distribution of Galaxias maculatus?

South-Eastern Australia including around Tasmania

How big does Galaxias maculatus grow?

Can grow to around 19cm

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