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Lates calcarifer

(Image credit: Australian National Fish Collection, CSIRO)

Adults: Barramundi are an iconic Australian estuarine and freshwater species. Their colour is silver to bronze, with dark brown/black fins and pink eyes. Their mouths are large and slightly oblique, and their upper jaws extend back past the eyes. Juveniles: Mottled green or brown in colour with white blotches on their backs. When very young, they often have vertical bars.

Length: Up to 1.8 m


Coastal waters, estuaries and wetlands. Juveniles in estuarine and freshwater habitats; 0-10 m depth

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In Queensland, log barra south of Bundaberg

Related links/info

Species names on the Redmap site are based on the Codes for Australian Aquatic Biota or CAAB (http://www.cmar.csiro.au/caab/). This is updated regularly and lists the approved common name, family, species name and more.

Find further information and images at FISHES OF AUSTRALIA http://www.fishesofaustralia.net.au/

Russell, D. J., and R. N. Garrett (1988). ‘Movements of Juvenile Barramundi, Lates Calcarifer (Bloch), in North-Eastern Queensland.’ Australian Journal of Marine and Freshwater Research 39: 117-23.

Carter, J. And Tait, J. (2010). ‘Freshwater Fishes of the Burdekin Dry Tropics’. NQ Dry Tropics, Townsville.

Keenan, C.P. (1994). ‘Recent Evolution of Population Structure in Australian Barramundi, Lates Calcarifer (Bloch): An Example of Isolation by Distance in One Dimension’. Marine and Freshwater Research 45, no. 7: 1123-48.

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