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Jungle Perch

Scientific Name
Kuhlia rupestris

Other Common Names
None

Size
To 450 mm, 3 Kg

Conservation Status
Insufficiently known, presumed threatened

Habitat
Fast flowing streams with overhanging vegetation providing shade.

Distribution
Patchy distribution east of the Great Dividing Range in Queensland, from Fraser island to Cape York, as well as Palm Island off the Queensland coast.  Does not occur in the Gulf of Carpentaria drainage or elsewhere in Australia, but is found in Fiji and south eastern South Africa.

Within its original range the jungle perch's distribution has been substantially reduced by agricultural practices.  In particular the practice of clearing right to the water's edge has severely impacted this species.  The Queensland sugar cain industry has been identified as one of the major culprits here.  Whilst details are not currently to hand, it is to be hoped that new restrictions imposed by the Queensland Government will help to alleviate this.

Reproduction
Recent research has confirmed that jungle perch migrate downstream to estuaries to spawn, in a similar manner to Australian bass.

Diet
Omnivorous, although primarily a carnovore feeding on other fish, jungle perch have been know to eat such diverse foods as crustaceans and figs.

Angling
An outstanding angling species.  Jungle perch are eagerly sought after by sports anglers.

On the table
Not usually taken for the table.

In the aquarium
Smaller jungle perch make interesting aquarium subjects, but due to new restricions in Queensland they may hard to obtain.