Clarence galaxias

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Clarence galaxias
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Osmeriformes
Family: Galaxiidae
Genus: Galaxias
Species: G. johnstoni
Binomial name
Galaxias johnstoni
E. O. G. Scott, 1936

The Clarence galaxias (Galaxias johnstoni) is a species of fish in the Galaxiidae family endemic to Tasmania.


The Clarence galaxias is scaleless and has a dark brown back with brown bars and bands extending down its sides, while the belly is a lighter yellow-cream color. Adults reach a body length of 12.5–14 cm and a maximum weight of 20 g.[2][3]

Distribution and habitat[edit]

The Clarence galaxias is a freshwater species and inhabits lakes as well as swamps and streams connected to lakes.[3] It is endemic to Tasmania's Derwent River catchment, including the Clarence Lagoon. Only seven breeding populations are currently known.[2]


While locally common, the species has been classified as critically endangered by the IUCN.[1] It is under pressure from predation and competition from introduced brown trout and rainbow trout.[2]


  1. ^ a b R. Wager (1996). "Galaxias johnstoni". The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN. 1996: e.T8806A12933415. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.1996.RLTS.T8806A12933415.en. Retrieved 13 January 2018. 
  2. ^ a b c Jean Jackson; David Crook (2002). "Clarence galaxias - Galaxias johnstoni" (PDF). ASFB Newsletter. Australian Society for Fish Biology. 32 (1). 
  3. ^ a b "Galaxias johnstoni". Fish Base. Retrieved 9 February 2013. 

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