- The Southern Pygmy Perch is a small freshwater fish native to southern Australia, including Victoria, New South Wales, South Australia, and Tasmania.
- They are typically found in slow-moving streams, ponds, and wetlands with abundant vegetation.
- The Southern Pygmy Perch is a sexually dimorphic species, meaning that males and females have different physical characteristics. Males are generally more colorful than females, with bright blue and orange markings on their fins.
- They are omnivorous and feed on a variety of small aquatic invertebrates, algae, and plant matter.
- They are considered a threatened species due to habitat loss, degradation, and fragmentation and are listed as ‘Vulnerable’ under the Australian Commonwealth Government’s Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.
- They are also listed as ‘Endangered’ in the state of Victoria and ‘Threatened’ in South Australia.
- Southern Pygmy Perch have been successfully bred in captivity, and these populations have been used to reintroduce the species to areas where it has become locally extinct.
- Southern Pygmy Perch have a relatively short lifespan, living for about 2-3 years in the wild.
Southern Pygmy Perch can be a good choice for a native fish in an aquarium, as they are small, easy to care for, and relatively hardy. However, it’s important to keep in mind that they are a threatened species in the wild, so it’s important to source them from ethical and sustainable suppliers to avoid contributing to the decline of wild populations.
Species: Nannoperca australis
Southern Pygmy Perch is listed as a threatened species in Australia. The conservation status of the species varies depending on the state, with the species listed as: Endangered in Victoria, Vulnerable in New South Wales & South Australia, Endangered in Tasmania
Southern Pygmy Perch
As Aquarium Fish
Care Level: Easy
Reef Compatible: No
Minimum Tank Size: 10 gallons