Threatened Species Day fact sheet
Department of the Environment and Heritage, 2006
About the fact sheet
The Macquarie perch is a deep bodied fish with a blunt snout, particularly large eyes and a rounded tail. Macquarie perch found in the Murray–Darling Basin can grow to 50 centimetres and 3.5 kilograms. They range from black to grey to greenbrown in colour, but all are paler underneath. Those in coastal catchments rarely exceed 18 centimetres in length, and are a blotchy grey and brown combination.