- The Common Galaxias is a freshwater fish species found in Tasmania. The species has also been introduced to several locations outside of its natural range, including parts of Victoria, New South Wales, South and Western Australia.
- They have a streamlined body shape with a silvery-grey coloration and a series of black spots along their sides. They have a small head with a pointed snout and a slightly upturned mouth.
- They are omnivorous, feeding on a variety of food sources, including insects, crustaceans, and small fish.
- Common Galaxias are primarily nocturnal, which means they are most active at night.
- The breeding season for Common Galaxias typically occurs in late winter to early spring (August-September). During the breeding season, male fish build nests, known as ‘redds,’ in gravel substrates, where they fertilise the eggs laid by the female.
- In Tasmania, Common Galaxias are protected under the Tasmanian Nature Conservation Act 2002. However, they are widespread and stable in other states.
- Their lifespan is estimated to be around 5 years.
Aquarium & Recreational Fishing
Common Galaxias are more commonly kept in aquariums rather than targeted for fishing. They are often sought after by freshwater aquarium enthusiasts due to their elegant appearance and ease of care. However, in certain areas they are targeted for fly fishing.
Species: Galaxias maculatus
The conservation status of the Common Galaxias is assessed by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) as “Least Concern”. This is because it is a widespread and relatively abundant species across its range in Australia. In some regions, the species is protected by conservation laws. In Tasmania, the Common Galaxias is listed as a protected species under the Tasmanian Nature Conservation Act 2002.
How to catch
Catch Difficulty: Intermediate
Tackle: Artificial Rig
Bait: Lures, Insects, Flies
Technique: Cast lures close to structure
As Aquarium Fish
Care Level: Easy to moderate
Reef Compatible: No
Minimum Tank Size: 30 gallons