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Spotted Galaxias

Spotted Galaxias

Spotted Galaxias
Spotted Galaxias
Photographer - Rudie H. Kuiter
Source - Aquatic Photographics

Galaxias truttaceus

Spotted Galaxias inhabit sheltered stretches of gently flowing streams and pools, where they are frequently found resting under logs, beneath overhanging banks and behind boulders.

This species is one of three Australian examples of the family Galaxiidae which has a seagoing phase in its life cycle and, as a consequence, is distributed almost exclusively in waters flowing but a short distance to the coast.

Spawning takes place in rivers and streams during the autumn and winter, with newly hatched young swept downstream into coastal waters. The slender transparent larvae, known as 'whitebait', remain in marine areas for much of the winter, returning to upstream habitats in the spring.

Upstream migrations of whitebait, which include young of this species as well as the Broad-finned galaxias and the Common Jollytail, have long been targeted for food by indigenous inhabitants and early settlers.

Spotted Galaxias compete with introduced Brown Trout for aquatic insects, living both in the midwater and at the surface. Although usually common in those drainages where it occurs, its distribution has been fragmented by deforestation in some areas.

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