The Golden Galaxias is only found in Lakes Crescent and Sorell and nearby streams and wet areas. The species grows to about 240 mm but is usually shorter. It is a yellow-golden colour on the back becoming a silver grey underneath. The upper body is covered in dark spots and the fins are amber to light orange. The species prefers rocky shorelines but is also found in streams and wetlands. It feeds on insects, aquatic crustaceans and molluscs. Breeding occurs from late autumn to winter. Many eggs are produced and larvae can be found away from the lake shores.
Threats are predominantly predation from exotic fish, but also from degradation of habitat from low water levels and turbidity/pollution. Draining of wetlands for grazing is also a threat.
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