West Gippsland Galaxias, Galaxias longifundus Raadik 2014

West Gippsland Galaxias, Galaxias longifundus. Source: Tarmo A. Raadik. License: All rights reserved

An olive-brown galaxias becoming pale brown on the lower sides and cream on the belly, overlain with a pattern of dark spots and blotches, a faint mid-lateral band of gold speckles, and a small gold patch on the gill cover.

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Bray, D.J. 2020, Galaxias longifundus in Fishes of Australia, accessed 02 Mar 2024, https://fishesofaustralia.net.au/Home/species/5126

West Gippsland Galaxias, Galaxias longifundus Raadik 2014

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Known only from the headwaters of Rintoul Creek east branch, a tributary of the La Trobe River in Victoria, at an elevational range of 195-275 m asl.
Inhabits small shallow streams with small pools and small shallow riffle zones. The substratte is mostly boulder, cobble and pebbles with smaller areas of gravel, sand and clay, with in-stream cover provided mostly by rocks, with smaller amounts of woody debris, overhanging banks and vegetation.


The West Gippsland Galaxias is listed as Critically Endangered under the Victorian Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act 1988.

Species Citation

Galaxias longifundus Raadik 2014, Zootaxa 3898(1): 74, fig. 17. Type locality: Rintoul Creek, east branch, at ford on C12 Track, north of Tyers, Victoria [38°02'09”S, 146°28'09”E]. 


Bray, D.J. 2020


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West Gippsland Galaxias, Galaxias longifundus Raadik 2014


Adams, M., Raadik, T.A., Burridge, C.P. & Georges, A. 2014. Global biodiversity assessment and hyper-cryptic species complexes: more than one species of elephant in the room. Systematic Biology 63(4): (as taxon "RI")  

Cadwallader, P.L. & Backhouse, G.N. 1983. A Guide to the Freshwater Fish of Victoria. Melbourne : F.D. Atkinson Government Printer 249 pp. figs. (as Galaxias olidus, in part)

Frankenberg, R. 1969. Studies on the evolution of galaxiid fishes with particular reference to the Australian fauna. Ph.D. Thesis, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia. 185 pp. (as Galaxias olidus olidus, in part)

Kuiter, R.H. 2013. Pictorial Guide to Victoria's Freshwater Fishes. Seaford, Victoria : Aquatic Photographics 178 pp. (as Galaxias sp. 13)  

McDowall, R.M. & Frankenberg, R.S. 1981. The galaxiid fishes of Australia. Records of the Australian Museum 33(10): 443-605 figs 1-47 (as Galaxias olidus, in part)

Raadik, T.A. 2011. Systematic revision of the Mountain Galaxias, Galaxias olidus Günther, 1866 species complex (Teleostei: Galaxiidae) in eastern Australia. Ph.D thesis, University of Canberra. pp. i-xxiii, 1-493 (as taxon "rintoul")

Raadik, T.A. 2014. Fifteen from one: a revision of the Galaxias olidus Günther, 1866 complex (Teleostei, Galaxiidae) in south-eastern Australia recognises three previously described taxa and describes 12 new species. Zootaxa 3898(1): 1-198

Raadik, T. 2019. Galaxias longifundus . The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2019: e.T122902339A123382126. https://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2019-3.RLTS.T122902339A123382126.en. Downloaded on 06 February 2020.

Stoessel, D.J., Raadik, T.A., Nicol, M.D., Fairbrother, P.S. & Campbell-Beschorner, R. 2020. Captive breeding of two rare non-migratory galaxiids (Teleostei: Galaxiidae) for species conservation. Proceedings of the Royal Society of Victoria 132(1): 42-48 https://doi.org/10.1071/RS20003

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CAAB Code:37102029

Conservation:IUCN Critically Endangered


Max Size:10 cm SL


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