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Brisbane Parkland Fish

Brisbane Parkland Fish

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www.romastreetparkland.com1 Parkland Blvd, Brisbane Qld 4000Phone (07) 3006 4545, Fax (07) 3006 4546
Eight ull size silver perch werereleased into the lake at the ocialopening o the Parkland in April 2001by the then Premier o Queensland,Peter Beattie and the honourableRobert Schwarten, Minister or PublicWorks, Housing and Inormation andCommunication Technology.In December o the same year aurther 500 ngerlings o silver perchwere released into the lake.In January 2003, 500 ngerlings o resh water mullet were released intothe lake.
Bidyanus bidyanus
Identifcation
Adults are ofen silver-grey on top with dark scale margins and a whitebelly. Top can vary to greenish, brown or golden colour.Growth can be to 40cm in length and 8kg in weight however, morecommonly seen at 30cm and 1.5kg in weight.
Interesting acts
Native to Australia, this species can be ound in reshwaters throughoutthe Murray-Darling Drainage o Queensland, New South Wales, Victoriaand South Australia. It preers ast lowing waters but is also known toinhabit rivers, lakes and reservoirs.Silver Perch eed on Shrimps, Yabbies and aquatic insects, but believedthat larger sh change to a mainly vegetarian diet eeding on weed andalgae.The lake does not provide a breeding habitat or this species as theyrequire loods or running streams to lay their eggs.
Trachystoma petardi
Identifcation
Greenish brown on top with silvery sides and belly. The ns are duskycoloured and this species has a deeply orked tail and a small head.Growth is up to 80cm in length and 7.5kg in weight.
Interesting acts
Native to Australia, this species is ound in reshwater coastal streams,as well as estuarine and coastal waters rom southern Queensland tosouthern New South Wales.They can ofen be seen near the surace o the water, swimming in smallschools.The lake does not provide a breeding habitat or this species.
Parkland Fish
This act sheet provides generalinormation on the various sh thatinhabit the Parkland lake.While some visitors may like to eed the sh i they sight them in thelake, eeding is not permitted as it may cause the sh to becomedependant on an articial ood source which is not healthy or them.I you see a sick or injured sh, please contact Parkland Security on3006 4525 or 0417 609 992.
Silver PerchFresh Water Mullet
© Queensland Museum, Gary Cranitch
 
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Nine o these pre-historic sh wererelocated rom the Sandgate Lagoon(a northern suburb o Brisbane) andreleased into the Lake in December 2003. When released, they wereapproximately 1.2m in size.
History
The Australian lungsh belongs toa very ancient group Sarcopterygii(leshy nned shes). Fossil memberso this group have been dated at over 400 million years. The Australianossil record shows up to sevenspecies. Fossils identical to N. orsteriound in northern New South Waleshave been dated at 100 million years,during the early ‘Cretaceous Period’,making this species a member o theoldest extant vertebrate genus.200 ngerlings were released into thewetlands areas in December 2004.
Neoceratodus orsteri
Identifcation
Adult Lungsh have a heavy elongated body, wide lat head, large bonyoverlapping scales, small eyes and pelvic and pectoral ns resemblinglippers. Colour varies rom olive-brown to dark brown with irregular darkblotches on the sides and back. The belly is pale to deep salmon-pink.Adult Lungsh can grow to 1.5m but are more commonly seen at 1m.Juvenile Lungsh have a more rounded head and skin pigment is dullcompared to an adult. The colour patterns provide good camoulage or small Lungsh.
Interesting acts
The Queensland Lungsh are ully protected and are regarded as aspecies at risk because their habitat is now so restricted and their ecundity (ertility) is so low.The Lungsh is normally ound in still or slow lowing pools in river systems o south-eastern Queensland and naturally in the Burnett andMary River systems.Mostly carnivorous, consuming rogs, tadpoles, small sh, molluscs,reshwater shrimp and earthworms. It has, however, also been observedto eat some aquatic and terrestrial plant material.Lungsh have gills and lungs or gaseous exchange. Most o the time, theLungsh uses its gills, employing their single lung when they are activelyhunting or ood at night or during the spawning season. The lung is alsoused when their habitat is in lood and the water is laden with silt. Whensuracing to empty and rell its lung, the Lungsh exhales with a noiseresembling a blast rom small bellows.Spawning occurs between August and December and involves singlepairs in the shallows among aquatic plants. There is a possibility that theLungsh could breed in the lake i they nd their way into the wetlands.
Pseudomugil signier 
Identifcation
A semi-transparent body which can vary in colour rom pale olive, yellow tobluish with a silvery colour underneath and a series o pearly spots alongthe side o the body. The iris o this species is blue (as the name depicts).During breeding, the ns o the male can become brilliantly coloured.Growth o males is up to 88mm and emales up to 63mm.
Interesting acts
Can be ound naturally living in clear, ast lowing streams and also inmangrove regions o estuaries. This species occurs along the easterncoastline rom Cooktown, northern Queensland to Narooma in southernNew South Wales.They eed on mosquito larvae and other insects.The lake will hopeully provide an ideal breeding habitat or this species.
Queensland LungshPacic blue-eye
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