Freshwater fish: Fotheringate Creek, Flinders Island, Tasmania

Freshwater fish: Fotheringate Creek, Flinders Island, Tasmania

Located in the south-western corner of Flinders Island near Loccota, much of the catchment of Fotheringate Creek lies around the massive granite peaks on the north-western side of the Strzeleki Ranges.

There are 9 species of freshwater fish that have been recorded from Flinders Island; all of them occur there naturally. In this video 4 different species of native fish can be seen, they are:

Spotted Galaxias (Galaxias truttaceus)
Common Galaxias (Galaxias maculatus)
Freshwater Flathead, Tupong or Congolli (Pseudaphritis urvillii)
Southern Shortfin Eel (Anguilla australis)

You can find out more about each of these fishes by searching on the Fishes of Australia website:
http://www.fishesofaustralia.net.au

Climbing Galaxias (Galaxias brevipinnis) also occur in the creek but are found further upstream above substantial barriers (waterfalls); areas the other fish can’t reach. They are featured in their own video also available on this channel.

This video was filmed in the middle reaches of the creek where the water flows through short riffles and slightly deeper pools, all heavily stained with tannins from the vegetation.

With special thanks to the Mountain Seas Artist in Residency Program
http://www.mountainseas.com.au/

This video was filmed in May 2016

© Greg Wallis 2016
www.gregwallis.com

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