Animal Species:Jungle Perch, Kuhlia rupestris (Lacépède, 1802)

The Jungle Perch is brown to olive above, silvery on the sides and white below.  It occurs from Cape York south to southern Queensland.

Standard Common Name

Jungle Perch

Alternative Name/s

Buffalo Bream, Mountain Trout, Rock Flagtail

Identification

The Jungle Perch is brown to olive above, silvery on the sides and white below. There are numerous dusky or red-brown spots on the side of the body. The tail has a black blotch on each caudal fin lobe. Its has cycloid scales.

Size range

The species grows to 40 cm in length.

Distribution

In Australia it is known from Cape York south to southern Queensland.

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

Kuhlia rupestris

Distribution by collection data

Ozcam map of Jungle Perch specimens in the Australian Museums.

What does this mean?

Classification

Species:
rupestris
Genus:
Kuhlia
Family:
Kuhliidae
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. Allen, G.R., Midgley, S.H. & M. Allen. 2002. Field Guide to the Freshwater Fishes of Australia. Western Australian Museum. Pp. 394.
  3. 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.
  4. Hutchison, M, Simpson, R, Elizur, A, Willett, D & A. Collins. 2002. Restoring jungle perch Kuhlia rupestris recreational fisheries to South-east Queensland. A Pilot Study. Department of Primary Industries, Queensland. Pp 1-10.
  5. Merrick, J.R. & G.E. Schmida. 1984. Australian Freshwater Fishes. Biology and Management. John R. Merrick. Pp. 409.

 


Mark McGrouther , Collection Manager, Ichthyology
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Tags Fishes, Ichthyology, Jungle Perch, Kuhlia rupestris, Kuhliidae, Buffalo Bream, Mountain Trout, Rock Flagtail, brown, olive, silver, pale underside, dots/spots, blotches/mottled, 30 cm - 1 m, marine,