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Southern Purple Spotted Gudgeon have suffered significant declines in NSW due to habitat loss, competition with introduced species and water quality decline.
Growing to 15cm, Southern Purple Spotted Gudgeon may be seen in still or slow-moving water bodies such as rivers, creeks and billabongs, among aquatic vegetation, leaf litter, rocks or snags.
Other closely related Gudgeon species, such as Cox's Gudgeon, Dwarf Flat-Headed Gudgeon or Striped Gudgeon.
Above (from left to right): A Cox's Gudgeon, Dwarf Flat-Headed Gudgeon and Striped Gudgeon.
Southern Purple Spotted Gudgeon are distinguished by:
If you see a Southern Purple Spotted Gudgeon, snap a picture and report the sighting. A photo is critical for species identification.