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Biology

Adults occur in lentic and lotic freshwater bodies (Ref. 7300). They inhabit turbid water of gently flowing rivers and waterholes. Capable of withstanding high temperatures and brackish water conditions (10 ppt. salinity). Carnivorous, feed on small fishes, crustaceans and worms. Breed during summer flooding; pelagic eggs are released after an upstream migration and hatch in about 30 hours. Eggs are guarded and fanned by the male parent (Ref. 205). Sexual maturity is reached at a length of about 24-28 centimeters. One of few good angling species available in the arid interior of the continent (Ref. 44894).
  • Paxton, J.R., D.F. Hoese, G.R. Allen and J.E. Hanley 1989 Pisces. Petromyzontidae to Carangidae. Zoological Catalogue of Australia, Vol. 7. Australian Government Publishing Service, Canberra, 665 p. (Ref. 7300)
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Distribution

Australia.
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Oceania: Endemic to Australia.
  • Paxton, J.R., D.F. Hoese, G.R. Allen and J.E. Hanley 1989 Pisces. Petromyzontidae to Carangidae. Zoological Catalogue of Australia, Vol. 7. Australian Government Publishing Service, Canberra, 665 p. (Ref. 7300)
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Physical Description

Size

Max. size

40.0 cm SL (male/unsexed; (Ref. 44894))
  • Allen, G.R., S.H. Midgley and M. Allen 2002 Field guide to the freshwater fishes of Australia. Western Australian Museum, Perth, Western Australia. 394 p. (Ref. 44894)
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Ecology

Habitat

Environment

benthopelagic; freshwater
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Life History and Behavior

Life Cycle

Eggs are guarded and fanned by the male parent (Ref. 205).
  • Breder, C.M. and D.E. Rosen 1966 Modes of reproduction in fishes. T.F.H. Publications, Neptune City, New Jersey. 941 p. (Ref. 205)
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Molecular Biology and Genetics

Molecular Biology

Statistics of barcoding coverage: Bidyanus welchi

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Public Records: 0
Specimens with Barcodes: 1
Species With Barcodes: 1
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Conservation

Threats

Not Evaluated
  • IUCN 2006 2006 IUCN red list of threatened species. www.iucnredlist.org. Downloaded July 2006.
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