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Species Macquaria australasica Cuvier, 1830

Macquarie Perch, Black Bream, Black Perch, Bream, Gouldburn Bream, Macca, Macquaries, Mountain Perch, Murray Bream, Murray Perch, Silvereye, White Eye Perch, White-eye



The species is listed as Endangered under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999. In the ACT the species is listed as Endangered under the Nature Conservation Act 1980. In New South Wales the species is listed as Endangered under the Fisheries Management Act 1994 and in Victoria listed as Endangered under the Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act 1988. In 1996 the IUCN listed the species as Data Deficient.

Records of this species from the easterly flowing Hawkesbury-Nepean River system in NSW were recently recognised as a separate species, see Hoser (2020).




New South Wales, Victoria

Extra Distribution Information

Scattered localities in the Murray-Darling system and westward flowing tributaries on the Great Dividing Range, the range appears to be decreasing with a single record from SA uncertain, replaced in the Hawkesbury-Nepean river system by M. hoserae; temperate.

Australian Endemic.

IBRA and IMCRA regions (map not available)


NSW, Vic: Cobar Peneplain (CP), NSW South Western Slopes (NSS), Riverina (RIV), Victorian Midlands (VM), Victorian Volcanic Plain (VVP)

Distribution References

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General References

Allen, G.R. 1989. Freshwater Fishes of Australia. Neptune, New Jersey : T.F.H. Publications 240 pp., 63 pls. [143]

Allen, G.R., Midgley, S.H. & Allen, M. 2002. Field Guide to the Freshwater Fishes of Australia. Perth : Western Australian Museum 394 pp. [201]

Cadwallader, P.L. & Backhouse, G.N. 1983. A Guide to the Freshwater Fish of Victoria. Melbourne : F.D. Atkinson Government Printer 249 pp. figs. [108]

Harris, J.H. & Rowland, S.J. 1996. Family Percichthyidae. pp. 150-163 in McDowall, R.M. (ed.). Freshwater Fishes of South-eastern Australia. Sydney : Reed Books 247 pp. [153]

Hoser, R.T. 2020. Two new species of fish, previously confused with the Macquarie Perch Macquaria australasica Cuvier 1830 (Actinopterygii: Perciformes: Percichthyidae) from east coast drainages in Australia. Australasian Journal of Herpetology 43: 27-32

Kuiter, R.H. 2013. Pictorial Guide to Victoria's Freshwater Fishes. Seaford, Victoria : Aquatic Photographics 178 pp. [125]

Lake, J.S. 1971. Freshwater Fishes and Rivers of Australia. Melbourne : Nelson 61 pp. [32]

Lake, J.S. 1978. Australian Freshwater Fishes. Melbourne : Thomas Nelson 160 pp. 140 figs. [46]

Lintermans, M. 2009. Fishes of the Murray-Darling Basin — An Introductory Guide. Canberra : Murray-Darling Basin Commission 157 pp. [MDBC Publication Number 10/07] [74]

MacDonald, C.M. 1978. Morphological and biochemical systematics of Australian freshwater and estuarine percichthyid fishes. Australian Journal of Marine and Freshwater Research 29(5): 667-698 figs 1-11

McCulloch, A.R. 1929. A check-list of the fishes recorded from Australia. Part I. Memoirs of the Australian Museum 5: 1–144 [141]

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

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] [155] (946)

Roughley, T.C. 1951. Fish and Fisheries of Australia. Sydney : Angus & Robertson 343 pp. [149]

Unmack, P.J. 2001. Biogeography of Australian freshwater fishes. Journal of Biogeography 28: 1053-1089 [1062]

Whitley, G.P. 1964. A survey of Australian Ichthyology. Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales 89(1): 11-127 [41] (785)


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)
29-Mar-2018 PERCICHTHYIDAE 09-Mar-2018 MODIFIED Dr Doug Hoese
21-Nov-2012 20-Aug-2013 MODIFIED
30-Mar-2010 MODIFIED