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Pedder Galaxias


Galaxias pedderensisPedder Galaxias

Group:Chordata (vertebrates), Actinopterygii (bony fish), Salmoniformes (salmonids), Galaxiidae
Status:Threatened Species Protection Act 1995: endangered
Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999: Extinct in the Wild
Endemic in Tasmania and restricted
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The Pedder galaxias is a Tasmanian endemic fresh water fish which was found only in the original Lake Pedder and related streams and pools in SW Tasmania. After the lake was flooded for a hydro-electric scheme its numbers eventually declined and it is now considered extinct in the area of its original distribution. Translocated populations have been established in Lake Oberon in the Western Arthurs and near Strathgordon.
The species is a slender fresh water fish growing to 170mm or more. Colour is light grey-brown with uneven darker patches. It is a benthic fish feeding primarily on invertebrates and probably spawning in smaller streams in spring.
Threats have come from loss of habitat and competition from introduced fish species.

A complete species management profile is not currently available for this species. Check for further information on this page and any relevant Activity Advice.​

Key Points

  • Important: Is this species in your area? Do you need a permit? Ensure you’ve covered all the issues by checking the Planning Ahead page.
  • Important: Different threatened species may have different requirements. For any activity you are considering, read the Activity Advice pages for background information and important advice about managing around the needs of multiple threatened species.



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Further information

​Check also for listing statement or notesheet pdf above (below the species image).

​​Cite as: Threatened Species Section (). (): Species Management Profile for Tasmania's Threatened Species Link. ​ ​Department of Natural Resources and Environment Tasmania. Accessed on .

Contact details: Threatened Species Section, Department of Natural Resources and Environment Tasmania​, GPO Box 44, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia, 7001. Phone (1300 368 550).

Permit: A permit is required under the Tasmanian Threatened Species Protection Act 1995 to 'take' (which includes kill, injure, catch, damage, destroy and collect), keep, trade in or process any specimen or products of a listed species. Additional permits may also be required under other Acts or regulations to take, disturb or interfere with any form of wildlife or its products, (e.g. dens, nests, bones). This may also depend on the tenure of the land and other agreements relating to its management. ​​​​​