Trout Cod

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The Trout Cod (Maccullochella macquariensis) is a large, predatory, freshwater fish belonging to the family Percichthyidae. Trout Cod were once widespread throughout southern tributaries of the Murray-Darling river system but the species has undergone a dramatic decline in distribution and abundance over the past century.

Natural Trout Cod populations are now limited to a single population in the Murray River between the Yarrawonga Weir and Barham. Several populations have been re-established by stocking of captive bred fingerlings in Victoria and NSW.

Trout Cod are listed as an endangered species under both NSW and Commonwealth law. There are heavy penalties for harming, buying, selling or possessing them, or for harming their habitat.

Topic include:

  • Description
  • Habitat and ecology
  • Artificial breeding and stocking
  • Why are Trout Cod threatened?
  • Conservation and recovery actions
  • Legal implications
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