Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Osmeriformes
(Smelts) > Galaxiidae
(Galaxiids) > Galaxiinae
Etymology: Galaxias: Greek, galaxias, ou = a kind of fish (Ref. 45335).
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Freshwater; demersal. Temperate; 42°S - 43°S
Oceania: known only in Clarence Lagoon and tributaries and the upper reaches of the Clarence River, which is part of the Derwent River system of Tasmania, Australia.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 14.0 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 44894); common length : 7.5 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 5259); max. published weight: 20.00 g (Ref. 30189)
Morphology | Morphometrics
Found in shelter of rocks and boulders in lacustrine habitats, also found in swamps and streams draining in and out of lakes (Ref. 44894). Adults occur in the rocky margin of Clarence Lagoon, its outlet stream and several tributaries that flow into the lake. Adults feed on benthic crustaceans while juveniles feed partly on planktonic crustaceans, and insects and their larvae (Ref. 30189, 44894). Very secretive species, darts for cover under boulders if disturbed. The entire life cycle (may live for up to four years) takes place in fresh water. Adults move into inlet streams to spawn in spring. The demersal eggs take about 2 months to hatch. Fry reside in open surface waters of the lake (Ref. 44894).
Oviparous. Spawn in spring (Ref. 30189).
Allen, G.R., 1989. Freshwater fishes of Australia. T.F.H. Publications, Inc., Neptune City, New Jersey. (Ref. 5259)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 115185)
CITES (Ref. 115941)
Threat to humans
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates of some properties based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00389 (0.00180 - 0.00842), b=3.12 (2.94 - 3.30), in cm Total Length, based on all LWR estimates for this body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 3.2 ±0.40 se; Based on food items.
Resilience (Ref. 69278
): Medium, minimum population doubling time 1.4 - 4.4 years (tm=2; Fec=300).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low to moderate vulnerability (28 of 100) .