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
Balston's Perchlet, King River Perchlet
it grows to about 6 cm in length.
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.
- Allen, G.R. 1989. Freshwater Fishes of Australia. T.F.H. Publications. Pp. 240.
- 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