Western Pygmy Perch

Nannoperca vittata
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Quick Facts

Scientific name Nannoperca vittata
Other names Westralian Pygmy Perch
Size Up to 8 cm (3.14 in)
Weight A few grams


Habitat & AU Distribution Fresh & brackish waters in rivers, streams, wetlands, lakes & damns amongst aquatic vegetation
Depth Range 0 - 4 m (13 ft)
Western Pygmy Perch Distribution

Interesting Info

  • 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.
Species Interaction

Minimal Species Contact

Engagement with Western Pygmy Perch are largely focused on conservation and protection of the species due to their threatened status.

Scientific Classification

Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Chordata

Class: Actinopterygii

Order: Perciformes

Family: Percichthyidae

Genus: Nannoperca

Species: Nannoperca vittata

Conservation Status

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.

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