- The western Pygmy Perch is a small freshwater fish that is native to southwestern Australia.
- They have a distinctive brownish-green coloration with dark stripes running down their sides.
- It is found in shallow, slow-moving streams, billabongs, and other freshwater habitats. They are typically active during the day and tend to hide under rocks and other debris for shelter.
- The western Pygmy Perch is a carnivorous species that feeds primarily on small invertebrates, such as insects and crustaceans.
- The species can be found in both saline and freshwater environments.
- The western Pygmy Perch is known to breed during winter and spring months. Female western Pygmy Perch lay their eggs in nests created by males.
- The eggs hatch after around two weeks, and the young remain in the nest until they are large enough to swim freely.
- The species has a relatively short lifespan, living for only 2-3 years.
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Engagement with Western Pygmy Perch are largely focused on conservation and protection of the species due to their threatened status.
Species: Nannoperca vittata
The western Pygmy Perch is listed as a threatened species in Australia. They are protected under the Australian Government’s Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.