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Species Galaxias auratus Johnston, 1883

Golden Galaxias, Golden Mountain Trout, Saddled Galaxias, Spotted Mountain Trout





Extra Distribution Information

Central Plateau, TAS, occurring naturally only in Lake Sorell, Lake Crescent (ca. 42°07'S, 147°10'E) and associated streams and wetlands, with two small translocated populations in farm dams, Clyde River catchment; temperate

Australian Endemic.

IBRA and IMCRA regions (map not available)


Tas: Tasmanian Central Highlands (TCH)

Distribution References

Ecological Descriptors



General References

Allen, G.R. 1989. Freshwater Fishes of Australia. Neptune, New Jersey : T.F.H. Publications 240 pp., 63 pls. [34]

Allen, G.R., Midgley, S.H. & Allen, M. 2002. Field Guide to the Freshwater Fishes of Australia. Perth : Western Australian Museum 394 pp. [95]

Frijlink, S. 1999. The early life history of the golden galaxiid, Galaxias auratus in Lakes Crescent and Sorell, Tasmania. B.Sc (Hons) Thesis, University of Tasmania, Hobart. pp.

Fulton, W. 1978. A description of a new species of Galaxias (Salmoniformes : Galaxiidae) from Tasmania. Australian Journal of Marine and Freshwater Research 29(1): 109-116 figs 1-4 [114]

Hardie, S.A., Barmuta, L.A. & White, R.W.G. 2004. Threatened fishes of the world: Galaxias auratus Johnston, 1883 (Galaxiidae). Environmental Biology of Fishes 71(2): 126

Hardie, S.A., Jackson, J.E., Barmuta, L.A. & White, R.W.G. 2006. Status of galaxiid fishes in Tasmania, Australia: conservation listings, threats and management issues. Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems 16: 235-250

Leggett, R. & Merrick, J.R. 1987. Australian Native Fishes for Aquariums. Artarmon : J.R. Merrick Publications 241 pp. 142 figs. [95]

McCulloch, A.R. 1929. A check-list of the fishes recorded from Australia. Part I. Memoirs of the Australian Museum 5: 1–144 [48]

McDowall, R.M. 2006. Crying wolf, crying foul, or crying shame: alien salmonids and a biodiversity crisis in the southern cool-temperate galaxioid fishes? Reviews in Fish Biology and Fisheries 16: 233-422 [319]

McDowall, R.M. & Frankenberg, R.S. 1981. The galaxiid fishes of Australia. Records of the Australian Museum 33(10): 443-605 figs 1-47 [512]

McDowall, R.M. & Fulton, W. 1996. Chapter 10. Family Galaxiidae — galaxiids. pp. 52-77 in McDowall, R.M. (ed.). Freshwater Fishes of South-eastern Australia. Sydney : Reed Books 247 pp. [62]

Merrick, J.R. & Schmida, G.E. 1984. Australian Freshwater Fishes Biology and Management. Sydney : J.R. Merrick 409 pp. figs 280 col. figs. [90]

Munro, I.S.R. 1961. Handbook of Australian fishes. Nos 1–42. Australian Fisheries Newsletter 15–17, 19, 20: 1-172 [published as separates 1956–1961] [34] (241)

Paxton, J.R., Allen, G.R., Gates, J.E., Bray, D.J. & Hoese, D.F. 2006. Galaxiidae. pp. 402-411 in Hoese, D.F., Bray, D.J., Paxton, J.R. & Allen, G.R. Fishes. In, Beesley, P.L. & Wells, A. (eds) Zoological Catalogue of Australia. Vol. 35. Volume 35 Australia : ABRS & CSIRO Publishing Parts 1-3, 2178 pp. [403]

Raadik, T.A. 2014. Fifteen from one: a revision of the Galaxias olidus Günther, 1866 complex (Teleostei, Galaxiidae) in south-eastern Australia recognises three previously described taxa and describes 12 new species. Zootaxa 3898(1): 1-198 [159]

Stuart-Smith, R.D., Barmuta, L.A. & White, R.W.G. 2006. Nocturnal and diurnal feeding by Galaxias auratus, a lentic galaxiid fish. Ecology of Freshwater Fish 15: 521-531

Unmack, P.J. 2001. Biogeography of Australian freshwater fishes. Journal of Biogeography 28: 1053-1089 [1060]

Whitley, G.P. 1964. A survey of Australian Ichthyology. Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales 89(1): 11-127 [35] (247)


History of changes

Note that this list may be incomplete for dates prior to September 2013.
Published As part of group Action Date Action Type Compiler(s)
06-Jun-2016 ARGENTINIFORMES 11-Nov-2015 MODIFIED Dr Dianne Bray (NMV) Dr Doug Hoese (AM) Dr Matthew Lockett (AM)
06-Jun-2016 ARGENTINIFORMES 06-Jul-2015 MODIFIED Dr Dianne Bray (NMV) Dr Doug Hoese (AM) Dr Matthew Lockett (AM)
20-Aug-2013 MODIFIED