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Fresh Water Species

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Barramundi

Barramundi

Belonging to the sea perch family, the Barramundi (or the Barra) is widely found in the waters between South East Asia and Northern Australia. This species has a long silver body between 0.6 - 1.2 metres and an elongated jaw that extends past their eyes. The origin of its name is from the Australian Aboriginal language meaning ‘large-scaled river fish’. The diet of the Barramundi is comprised of crustaceans, molluscs and smaller fish.


Lungfish

Lungfish

The story of the Lungfish is certainly an interesting fish-tale. It has been described as a ‘living fossil’, with its ancestors dating back to the dinosaurs, well over 100 million years ago. Lungfish are a species of freshwater fish and are best known for retaining primitive characteristics including its ability to breathe air - the only fish species that can - and it does so with its lung! In fact, the lungfish can even wriggle over land and live over the age of 50. Many believe the lungfish is the missing link in the evolutionary chain - which saw fish crawl out of the water to become land-dwelling, backboned animals, like us humans!


Archerfish

Archerfish

The silver and triangular-shaped Archerfish can be found in the freshwater systems of Australasia, from streams to rivers and estuaries. The most significant trait of this type is its ability to catch their land-based prey (often insects and bugs) by shooting water from its mouth. Archerfish are generally quite small in size but can grow up to 40 centimetres.


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