- Congolli (Pseudaphritis urvillii) is a freshwater fish species that is endemic to Australia. It is found in the eastern and southern parts of the country, including Tasmania.
- The species is commonly known as congolli, although it is also referred to as mountain galaxias or Tasmanian mudfish.
- They typically inhabit slow-moving streams, rivers, and ponds with vegetation cover and sandy or muddy bottoms.
- Congolli have a distinctive pattern of dark bands on their sides and back, which can vary in intensity depending on the individual and the environment.
- These fish are primarily active at night and feed on small invertebrates, such as worms, crustaceans, and insect larvae.
- Congolli are known to be resilient to drought conditions and can survive in small, isolated water bodies for extended periods of time.
- Estimates of lifespan are 2 to 3 years.
Pseudaphritis urvillii, or congolli, are popular among recreational anglers in their native range of Tasmania, Australia. They are considered a challenging and rewarding species to catch due to their small size, elusive behavior, and preference for slow-moving water with vegetation cover.
Species: Pseudaphritis urvillii
Pseudaphritis urvillii, or congolli, is currently listed as “Least Concern” on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. The species has a wide distribution across eastern and southern Australia, including Tasmania, and is not currently facing any major threats on a global scale.
Fish Taste Quality
Congolli are not a commonly consumed fish species due to their small size, the amount of meat on a single fish is quite limited.
Taste Rating: no rating
How to catch
Catch Difficulty: Intermediate
Tackle: Running Sinker Rig, Artificial Rig
Bait: Bread, Lures, Insects, Flies
Technique: Keep bait on the bottom, Cast lures with a slow retrieve