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Species Galaxias fuscus Mack, 1936

Barred Galaxias



Widely considered a junior synonym of G. olidus (e.g. McDowall & Frankenburg 1981), but treated as valid by Raadik (2014).





Extra Distribution Information

Streams in the upper reaches of the Goulburn River system on the Murray–Darling Basin side of the Great Dividing Range, eastern VIC, from upper Delatite River (37°08'S, 146°32'E) westward to Mt Disappointment area (37°24'S 145°09'E); temperate

Australian Endemic.

IBRA and IMCRA regions (map not available)


Vic: Australian Alps (AA), South Eastern Highlands (SEH), Victorian Midlands (VM)

Distribution References

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General References

Adams, M., Raadik, T.A., Burridge, C.P. & Georges, A. 2014. Global biodiversity assessment and hyper-cryptic species complexes: more than one species of elephant in the room. Systematic Biology 63(4): 518–533 [521] (as taxon "FU")

Allen, G.R., Midgley, S.H. & Allen, M. 2002. Field Guide to the Freshwater Fishes of Australia. Perth : Western Australian Museum 394 pp. [99]

Armstrong, N. 1993. Re-discovering Galaxias fuscus. Fishes of Sahul, Journal of the Australian New Guinea Fishes Association 7(4): 328-329

Kuiter, R.H. 2013. Pictorial Guide to Victoria's Freshwater Fishes. Seaford, Victoria : Aquatic Photographics 178 pp. [46]

Kuiter, RH. 2003. More on Galaxias fuscus. Fishes of Sahul, Journal of the Australian New Guinea Fishes Association 17(3&4): 976-977

Leggett, R. & Merrick, J.R. 1987. Australian Native Fishes for Aquariums. Artarmon : J.R. Merrick Publications 241 pp. 142 figs. [93] (image)

Lintermans, M. 2007. Fishes of the Murray-Darling Basin — An Introductory Guide. Canberra : Murray-Darling Basin Commission Vol. MDBC Publication Number 10/07 157 pp. [40]

McDowall, R.M. & Frankenberg, R.S. 1981. The galaxiid fishes of Australia. Records of the Australian Museum 33(10): 443-605 figs 1-47 [472] (as G. olidus)

Raadik, T.A. 2006. Chapter 13. Freshwater fishes. pp. 133-148 in Museum Victoria and CSIRO Publishing. Melbourne's Wildlife. A Field Guide to the Fauna of Greater Melbourne. Melbourne : CSIRO Publishing 348 pp. [138]

Raadik, T.A. 2011. Systematic revision of the Mountain Galaxias, Galaxias olidus Günther, 1866 species complex (Teleostei: Galaxiidae) in eastern Australia. Ph.D thesis, University of Canberra. pp. i-xxiii, 1-493 [205]

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 [53]

Raadik, T.A., Fairbrother, P.S. & Smith, S.J. 2010. National Recovery Plan for the Barred Galaxias Galaxias fuscus. Department of Sustainability and Environment, Melbourne. 21 pp.

Raadik, T.A., Saddlier, S.R. & Koehn, J.D. 1996. Threatened fishes of the world: Galaxias fuscus Mack, 1936 (Galaxiidae). Environmental Biology of Fishes 47: 108

Shirley, M.J. & Raadik, T.A. 1997. Apects of the ecology and breeding biology of Galaxias fuscus Mack, in the Goulburn River system, Victoria. Proceedings of the Royal Society of Victoria 109(2): 157-166

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


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 19-Nov-2015 MODIFIED Dr Dianne Bray (NMV) Dr Doug Hoese (AM) Dr Matthew Lockett (AM)
ARGENTINIFORMES 24-Feb-2014 ADDED Dr Dianne Bray (NMV) Dr Doug Hoese (AM) Dr Matthew Lockett (AM)