Photo credit: Gunther Schmida

CARP GUDGEON

Appearance

65mm in length

Habitat

Slow following, sometimes turbid, heavily weeded areas up to 3m deep. They will congregate in large schools below dams and weirs.

Diet

Small aquatic insects

Breeding

Breeding season is late spring to early summer, with water temperature above 21 degrees triggering spawning. Eggs adhere to aquatic grasses, plants and twigs fairly close to the waters surface. The male will establish their territory and stay to protect and aerate the eggs until hatching.

Newly hatched larvae are 1.8-2.1mm long and become free swimming after 3-4 days.

Predators

They are preyed upon by larger native fish, such as the Murray Cod.

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