Scortum barcoo

Scortum barcoo is a species of fish in the family Terapontidae, known by the common names Barcoo grunter and jade perch. It is endemic to Australia, where it can be found in certain major rivers, including the Barcoo River. It is reared in hatcheries.[1]

Scortum barcoo
Scortum barcoo (background) and a barramundi
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S. barcoo
Binomial name
Scortum barcoo
(McCulloch & Waite, 1917)

Description

This fish has a sturdy body and a small head. The body is brownish with darker blotches and darker fins.[1] The fish reaches a maximum length of about 35 cm.[2]

Biology

The fish is omnivorous. Prey items include crustaceans, insects, molluscs, and fish.[2]

Floods may trigger breeding in the wild fish.[2]

References

  1. Barcoo grunter Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, State of Queensland.
  2. Froese, R. and D. Pauly, Eds. Scortum barcoo. FishBase, 2013.
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