Scortum barcoo

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Scortum barcoo
Scortum barcoo (background) and a barramundi
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Perciformes
Family: Terapontidae
Genus: Scortum
Species: S. barcoo
Binomial name
Scortum barcoo
(McCulloch & Waite, 1917)

The Barcoo grunter or jade perch (Scortum barcoo) is a species of fish in the family Terapontidae. It is endemic to Australia, where it can be found in certain major rivers, including the Barcoo River. It is reared in hatcheries.[1]


This fish has a sturdy body and a small head. The body is brownish with darker blotches and darker fins.[1] The fish reaches a maximum length of about 35 cm.[2]


The fish is omnivorous. Prey items include crustaceans, insects, molluscs, and fish.[2]

Floods may trigger breeding in the wild fish.[2]


  1. ^ a b Barcoo grunter Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, State of Queensland.
  2. ^ a b c Froese, R. and D. Pauly, Eds. Scortum barcoo. FishBase, 2013.