Flinders Pygmy Perch, Nannoperca sp 1

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Flinders Pygmy Perch, Nannoperca sp 1

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Merrimans Creek, South Gippsland, and the La Trobe River catchment, east to the Genoa/Wallagaraugh rivers near the Vic?NSW border. A small and possibly translocated population occurs further west in Pebble Creek, a tributary of the Franklin River system in Corner Inlet. The Flinders Pygmy Perch is also found on the eastern side of Flinders Island in Bass Strait, and the far north east of Tasmania (Anson River).
Inhabits slow or still waters with abundant aquatic vegetation, including lakes, ponds and slow-flowing rivers and creeks. along with pools in moderately-flowing streams.


Feeds mostly on insects, insect larvae and planktonic crustaceans.


Populations are patchy and fragmented, with moderate levels of genetic differentiation between sites, implying poor dispersal ability. 

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Differs from Nannoperca australis in having the maxilla not reaching the level of the orbit.


Scott named his subspecies in honour of Matthew Flinders, who surveyed the Furneaux Islands, Bass Strait, in 1798.

Species Citation

Nannoperca australis flindersi Scott 1971, Papers and Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania 105: 126. Type locality: Lackrana, Flinders Island, Furneaux Group, Bass Strait, Tasmania.


Bray, D.J. 2020


Catalog of Fishes

Flinders Pygmy Perch, Nannoperca sp 1


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

DELWP. Flinders Pygmy Perch, Nannoperca sp. 1. Threatened Species Assessment

DSE 2013. Advisory List of Threatened Vertebrate Fauna in Victoria - 2013. Department of Sustainability and Environment, Melbourne, 21 pp. (as Nannoperca sp.)

Hammer, M. 2001. Molecular systematics and conservation biology of the southern pygmy perch Nannoperca australis (Günther, 1861) (Teleostei: Percichthyidae) in south-eastern Australia. B.Sc. (Honours) thesis, University of Adelaide, Adelaide, South Australia. 

Hammer, M. 2008. A molecular genetic appraisal of biodiversity and conservation units in freshwater fishes from southern Australia. Ph.D. thesis, School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, The University of Adelaide, Adelaide, SA.

Llewellyn, L.C. 1974. Spawning, development and distribution of the southern pygmy perch Nannoperca australis australis Gunther from inland waters in eastern Australia. Australian Journal of Marine and Freshwater Research 25: 121–149

Scott, E.O.G. 1971. Observations on some Tasmanian fishes, part XVIII. Papers and Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania 105: 119-143. See ref online

Unmack, P.J., Hammer M., Adams, M. & Dowling, T.E. 2011. A phylogenetic analysis of pygmy perches (Teleostei: Percichthyidae) with an assessment of the major historical influences on aquatic biogeography in southern Australia. Systematic Biology 60(6): 797-812. 

Unmack, P.J., Hammer, M.P., Adams, M., Johnson, J.B. & Dowling, T.E. 2013. The role of continental shelf width in determining freshwater phylogeographic patterns in south-eastern Australian pygmy perches (Teleostei: Percichtyidae). Molecular Ecology 22: 1683-1699.

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