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RIVER BLACKFISH

Appearance

Blackfish are commonly known as “Slipperys”. They are generally 30cm in length, but can grow up to 65cm.

Habitat

Inhabits a variety of environments: small streams, fast-flowing rivers and murky slow-moving streams and dams. Is a bottom-dwelling fish, and prefers waterways with abundant cover from plants, rock and wood debris.

Diet

Aquatic insects and other fish

Breeding

Eggs are laid in late spring to early summer. Eggs are yellow-orange in colour and are laid in hollow logs or in rock crevices. The male guards the eggs and the larvae until they are free swimming.

Predators

Main threat are introduced species of fish, particularly introduced species of trout and carp.

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