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Western Galaxias

Scientific Name
Galaxias occidentalis

Other Common Names
None

Size
One of the larger galaxias species, commonly 100 mm, to 170 mm.

Conservation Status
Not threatened.

Habitat
Found in waters from heavily tannin-stained streams to to quite saline rivers.  Often occurs in rocky pools at the base of waterfalls and rapids, it is generally located around submerged vegetation or near the edges of pools, slow-flowing water and in lakes and ponds.

Distribution
Western Galaxias distribution areaRestricted to coastal drainages in the south-west of Western Australia, generally no more than 100 km inland.

 

 

Reproduction
Little known.  Spawning is thought to occur on vegetation in the upper reaches of streams within its range.  It is believed that the life cycle may include a marine phase.

Diet
Carnivorous, mainly feeding on small insects and crustaceans.

Angling
Not a recognised angling species.

On the table
Not a food fish.

In the aquarium
Not known as an aquarium species.