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The Western Minnow

western minnow
The Western Minnow. ref Morgan,Howard, Gill

Scientific Name

Galaxias  occidentalis 

Common Name

Western Minnow

Size

Roughly 190 mm

Conservation Status

Not Threatened

Habitat

Found in rocky pools at the base of rapids and waterfalls. Occur around submerged vegetation along the edges of pools or slow-flowing water and sometimes in lakes and ponds. Water is usually clear and fresh or darkly tannin-stained and slightly acidic. Tolerates brackish conditions found in many salt-affected rivers of the south-west.

Distribution

Arrowsmith river to Waychinncup River

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Distribution of the Minnow

Reproduction

Little known is known about the Reproduction of this native fish.  Spawning is thought to occur on vegetation in the upper reaches of streams within its range. 

Diet

Feeds mainly on insects and small crustaceans. They can jump through the surface water to catch insects such as mosquitoes and midgies.

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