20x Australian Bass 4cm
Australian bass has a moderately deep, elongated body that is laterally compressed. They have a forked caudal fin and angular anal and soft dorsal fins. Their spiny dorsal fin is of medium height and strong. They have medium-sized mouth and relatively large eyes that can appear dark in low light or red in bright light. The operculum or gill cover on Australian bass carry extremely sharp spines that can cut fishermens' fingers deeply.
Australian bass varies in colour from gold in clear sandy streams to the more usual bronze or bronze-green colouration in streams with darker substrates and/or some tannin staining to the water.
Australian bass is, overall, a smallish species, averaging in most waters around 0.5 kg and 20–30 cm. A fish of 1 kg or larger is a good specimen. Maximum size appears to be around 2.5 kg and 55 cm in southern waters, and around 3.0 kg and 60–65 cm in northern waters.
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|Scientific Name||Macquaria novemaculeata|