Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Osmeriformes
(Smelts) > Galaxiidae
(Galaxiids) > Galaxiinae
Etymology: Paragalaxias: Greek, para = the side of + Greek, galaxias, ou = a kind of fish (Ref. 45335).
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Freshwater; demersal. Temperate
Oceania: known only from the Central Plateau of Tasmania, Australia.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 5.9 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 44894); common length : 4.0 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 5259); max. reported age: 2 years (Ref. 44894)
Live in rocky shores, among aquatic vegetation, inundated terrestrial scrub and debris. Cryptic. They are benthic, preferring rocky lake margins in shallow water, but also occur to at least 10 meters depth. Found in swampy areas bordering lakes during floods. Remain close to available cover (rocks, wood, plants). Behave like a gudgeon, remaining motionless on the bottom most of the time and darting after prey with rapid bursts. They adopt the typical gudgeon posture of supporting itself with the pectoral fins (Ref. 44894). Feed on a variety of insects, microcrustaceans, worms, galaxiid eggs and algae. Spawn in spring; sexual maturity is reached after one year, maximum life span is two years (Ref. 44894).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Allen, G.R., 1989. Freshwater fishes of Australia. T.F.H. Publications, Inc., Neptune City, New Jersey. (Ref. 5259)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 115185)
CITES (Ref. 115941)
Threat to humans
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates of some properties based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5625 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01000 (0.00244 - 0.04107), b=3.04 (2.81 - 3.27), in cm Total Length, based on all LWR estimates for this body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 3.2 ±0.38 se; Based on food items.
Resilience (Ref. 69278
): Low, minimum population doubling time 4.5 - 14 years (tm=1; tmax=2; Fec=44).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (14 of 100) .