Genus Macquaria


A genus, currently with four species, all confined to south-eastern Australia.

Evidence from larval fish studies (Trnski et al. 2005) and molecular phylogenetic analyses (Jerry et al. 2001; Near et al. 2012) indicate that the two catadromous species, M. colonorum and M. novemaculeata, are more closely related to species in the genus Maccullochella and belong to a genus separate from teh two freshwater species of Macquaria (M. ambigua and M. australasica).

Author: Dianne J. Bray

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Dianne J. Bray, Macquaria in Fishes of Australia, accessed 29 May 2020,


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