Gadopsis marmoratus  Richardson, 1848

River blackfish
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Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes (Perch-likes) > Percichthyidae (Temperate perches)
Etymology: Gadopsis: Latin, gadus = a fish, cod? + Greek,opsis = appearance (Ref. 45335).   More on author: Richardson.

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Freshwater; benthopelagic.   Temperate; 5°C - 20°C (Ref. 2060)

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Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 60.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 5259); common length : 30.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 5259)

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Oceania: endemic to south-eastern Australia, including Tasmania (Ref. 5259). Mictochodrial 12S rRNA sequences support that G. marmoratus complex consists of two northern and southern forms (Ref. 54370).

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Lives in clear, flowing streams with abundant cover (Ref. 5259, 44894). Prefers streams with gravel bottoms and abundant snags. Also occurs in lakes and reservoirs (Ref. 5259). Tolerant of slightly brackish conditions (10 p.p.t.) in the tidal reaches of rivers, and a temperature range of 5°-25°C. Home-ranging; remaining within about a 20-30 meters stretch of water throughout the life span (Ref. 44894). Feeds on insects, crustaceans and small fishes (Ref. 5259) ; also on mollusks (Ref. 2156). The spawning season runs from November to January. A popular angling species in the south, but large fish are rare. Highly susceptible to overfishing, due to its home-ranging behavior and low fecundity (Ref. 44894). Flesh is oily and not very good eating.

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Allen, G.R., 1989. Freshwater fishes of Australia. T.F.H. Publications, Inc., Neptune City, New Jersey. (Ref. 5259)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 96402)

CITES (Ref. 94142)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Harmless




Human uses

Fisheries: subsistence fisheries; gamefish: yes; aquarium: public aquariums
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Estimates of some properties based on models

Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805):  PD50 = 0.7500   [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), based on all LWR estimates for this body shape (Ref. 93245).
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278):  3.7   ±0.60 se; Based on food items.
Resilience (Ref. 69278):  Low, minimum population doubling time 4.5 - 14 years (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153):  Moderate to high vulnerability (45 of 100) .
Price category (Ref. 80766):   Unknown.