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Jungle perch

  • Jungle perch
    Jungle perch
Scientific name

Kuhlia rupestris

Other names


Frequent misidentifications

Spotted flagtail

  • Vibrant silver fish with black scale margins with bold black markings on tail
  • Tips of tail rounded, not pointed as with spotted flagtail.
  • Found in slower pools in clear running mountain streams on the east coast
  • Once found all down the Queensland coast now restricted to isolated pockets north of Townsville.
  • common length - 20 cm
  • maximum length - 45 cm
Size and possession limits
  • size limit - 35 cm maximum
  • possession limit - 1 combined Jungle perch or Spotted flagtail


  • Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries, 1997, Fish Guide. Saltwater, Freshwater and Noxious Species. The Great Outdoors Publications, Brisbane
  • FishBase - A global information system on fishes
  • Fisheries Act 1994 and Fisheries Regulation 2008
  • Grant, EM, 1997, Grant's Guide To Fishes. EM Grant Pty Limited, Brisbane
  • Merrick, JR and Schmida GE, 1984. Australian Freshwater Fishes: Biology and Management. Griffin Press Limited, South Australia
  • Allen, G.R., Midgley, S.H., and Allen, M. Freshwater fishes of Australia. CSIRO Publishing, Victoria.
  • Schmida, G. Freshwater Fishes. Steve Parish Publishing Pty Ltd., Queensland.

Further information