Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Osmeriformes
(Smelts) > Galaxiidae
(Galaxiids) > Galaxiinae
Etymology: Galaxiella: Greek, galaxias, ou = a kind of fish, diminutive (Ref. 45335).
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Freshwater; demersal. Temperate; 10°C - 30°C (Ref. 86895); 34°S - 35°S
Eastern Indian Ocean: Western Australia (from Augusta to Albany, and three remnant populations - Near Bunbury, Melaleuca Park north of Perth and Lake Chandala north of Muchea).
Length at first maturity / Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm 3.7  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 4.4 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 6849); 4.8 cm TL (female); common length : 3.0 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 5259); max. reported age: 1 years (Ref. 6849)
Morphology | Morphometrics
Occur in slow-running, tea-colored streams usually in sandy areas. Also found in swamps, small ponds and roadside ditches. Also lives in the vegetated shallows of some freshwater lakes. Water is typically acidic (pH 4.5-6.5) and darkly tannin-stained. An inhabitant of temporary waters, capable of aestivating in damp bottom sediments over summer. Spawning habits similar to G. munda. Most individuals perish after their first spawning (Ref. 44894). Feed on small insects, larvae of aquatic insects and micro-crustaceans. Breeding is associated with winter rains. Males take on a bright color pattern at the start of the breeding season (Ref. 33842).
Allen, G.R., S.H. Midgley and M. Allen, 2002. Field guide to the freshwater fishes of Australia. Western Australian Museum, Perth, Western Australia. 394 p. (Ref. 44894)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 120744)
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=0.00417 (0.00171 - 0.01019), b=3.13 (2.92 - 3.34), in cm Total Length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 3.0 ±0.00 se; Based on food items.
Resilience (Ref. 69278
): Medium, minimum population doubling time 1.4 - 4.4 years (tm=1; tmax=1; assuming Fec<100).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (10 of 100) .