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Species presence
 Recorded In Australia
 Marine Habitats
 Terrestrial Habitats
Conservation status

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    Source: Wikipedia


Golden Perch grow to at least 760 mm and 23 kg. They have thick deep bodies, especially at larger sizes. They tend to have a cream coloured body when in turbid water and in clearer streams they have a yellow-golden colour, sometimes with a greenish hue. They are rarely found to be dark all over. Percichthyids can usually be recognised by their larger size, the presence of spines in their fins and their rounded tails. ... source: Australian Biological Resources Study - Species Bank

Golden perch are medium sized fish, commonly 30���40 cm and 1���2 kg in rivers. Fish from rivers are smaller and somewhat streamlined���fish in man-made impoundments are much deeper-bodied and show much greater average and maximum sizes. In rivers, has been recorded to 9 kg, in impoundments to 15 kg. ... source: Wikipedia

Large fish are brown to greenish above and yellow below. They have a concave forehead, a protruding lower jaw and a truncate caudal fin. Juveniles are more silvery coloured with grey mottling on the sides. source: Australian Museum Factsheets

Online resources

Australian Biological Resources Study - Species Bank
Description, Distribution, Ecology, Threats
Australian Museum Factsheets
Description, Distribution, Morphology, Habitat
CCARP Database of Watering Requirements - Images
Images, Occurrence record
Desert Fishes Council
Distribution, Morphology
Encyclopedia of Life
Description, Diet, Conservation, Reference, Images, Occurrence record

Species Lists

Queensland : Conservation Status
taxonId: 27042
Kingdom: animals
Class: ray-finned fishes
Family: Percichthyidae
scientificNameAuthorship: (Richardson, 1845)
status: #N/A
sourceStatus: #N/A
QLD_NCA_status_description: #N/A
Endemicity: QA
Endemicity_description: Australian endemic
Advisory List of Threatened Vertebrate Fauna in Victoria 2013
VIC Advisory List: Near Threatened
Victoria : Conservation Status
vernacular: Golden Perch
status: Endangered
sourceStatus: Vulnerable
Fishbase List of Freshwater Fishes reported from Australia
order: Perciformes
family: Percichthyidae
status: endemic
fishbase name: Golden perch

Names and sources

Accepted name Source
Macquaria ambigua


Synonyms Source
Datnia ambigua Richardson, 1845 Richardson, 1845 Richardson, 1845
Published in: Richardson, J.. Ichthyology. The Zoology of the Voyage of H.M.S. Erebus and Terror under the Command of Captain Sir James Clark Ross, R.N., F.R.S., during the years 1839–43 Vol. 2 pp. 139 pls 1-60 pp. 17-52 pls 7-8 (parts), 11-30
Macquaria ambigua ambigua (Richardson, 1845)
Published in: Lintermans, M. 2007. Fishes of the Murray-Darling Basin - An Introductory Guide Canberra : Murray-Darling Basin Commission pp. 157 pp.
Macquaria ambigua ambigua (Richardson, 1845) (Richardson, 1845) (Richardson, 1845)
Plectroplites ambiguus (Richardson, 1845)
Published in: Gill, T.N. 1862. Remarks on the relations of the genera and other groups of Cuban fishes. Proc. Acad. Nat. Sci. Phila. Vol. 14 (5) pp. 235-242
Plectroplites ambiguus (Richardson, 1845)
Published in: Munro, I.S.R. 1961. Handbook of Australian fishes. Nos 1–42. Aust. Fish. Newsl. Vol. 15–17, 19, 20 pp. 1-172
Plectroplites ambiguus (Richardson, 1845)
Published in: Roughley, T.C. 1951. Fish and Fisheries of Australia. Sydney : Angus & Robertson pp. 343 pp.
Plectroplites ambiguus (Richardson, 1845)
Published in: Grant, E.M. 2002. Guide to Fishes Redcliffe : EM Grant Pty Ltd pp. 880 pp.
Plectroplites ambiguus (Richardson, 1845) (Richardson, 1845) (Richardson, 1845)
Ctenolates macquariensis Günther, 1871 Günther, 1871 Günther, 1871
Published in: Günther, A. 1871. Description of a new percoid fish from the Macquarie River. Proc. Zool. Soc. Lond. Vol. 1871 pp. 320 pl. 33
Dules auratus Castelnau, 1872 Castelnau, 1872 Castelnau, 1872
Published in: Castelnau, F.L. de 1872. Contribution to the ichthyology of Australia. 1. The Melbourne fish market. Proc. Zool. Acclim. Soc. Vict. Vol. 1 pp. 29-242 1 pl.
Dules flavescens Castelnau, 1875 Castelnau, 1875 Castelnau, 1875
Published in: Castelnau, F.L. de 1875. Researches on the fishes of Australia. Intercolonial Exhibition Essays. 2. pp. 1–52 in, Philadelphia Centennial Exhibition of 1876 : Official Record. Melbourne
Macquaria ambigua oriens Musyl & Keenan, 1992 Musyl & Keenan, 1992 Musyl & Keenan, 1992
Published in: Musyl, M.K. & Keenan, C.P. 1992. Population genetics and zoogeography of Australian freshwater golden perch, Macquaria ambigua (Richardson 1845) (Teleostei: Percichthyidae), and electrophoretic identification of a new species from the Lake Eyre Basin. Aust. J. Mar. Freshw. Res. Vol. 43 (6) pp. 1585-1601

Common Names

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Golden Perch
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Freshwater Bream
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Murray Bream
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Murray Perch
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White Perch
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Yellowfin Perch
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Murray-darling Golden Perch Or Yellowbelly
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Working classification

Macquaria ambigua  Recorded in Australia

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