Animal Species:Balston's Pygmy Perch, Nannatherina balstoni

Balston's Pygmy Perch is brownish above and silvery below.  It has stripes and bars that give it a cross-hatched appearance.

Standard Common Name

Balston's Pygmy Perch

Alternative Name/s

Balston's Perchlet, King River Perchlet

Size range

it grows to about 6 cm in length.

Distribution

It is a very rare species that occurs in wetlands in south-western Western Australia.

The map below shows the Australian distribution of the species based on public sightings and specimens in Australian Museums. Click on the map for detailed information.  Source: Atlas of Living Australia.

Nannatherina balstoni

Classification

Species:
balstoni
Genus:
Nannatherina
Family:
Percichthyidae
Order:
Perciformes
Class:
Actinopterygii
Subphylum:
Vertebrata
Phylum:
Chordata
Kingdom:
Animalia

What does this mean?

References

  1. Allen, G.R. 1989. Freshwater Fishes of Australia. T.F.H. Publications. Pp. 240.
  2. Hoese, D.F., Bray, D.J., Paxton, J.R. & G.R. Allen. 2006. Fishes. In Beesley, P.L. & A. Wells. (eds) Zoological Catalogue of Australia. Volume 35. ABRS & CSIRO Publishing: Australia. parts 1-3, pages 1-2178.


Mark McGrouther , Collection Manager, Ichthyology
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