widely distributed throughout the the southern parts of the
Murray-Darling Basin. Now they are only found in the Murray
River between Yarrawonga Weir and Barmah State Forest and in
Seven Creeks in Victoria. They have also been stocked into several
rivers, lakes and dams.
It is not known exactly how big these fish will grow, however
the largest recorded was 80cm long and weighed over 15kg.
is widely held that this sub-species is a far more aggressive
fish than their larger cousin, the Murray
This is possibly some contributing factor in their decline.
Other "major" factors in this and other native fish
decline, is the removal of riparian vegetation, the practice
of de-snagging, river flow regulation (dams, weirs, barriers),
illegal/unfair fishing practices (set lines, gill nets, drum
nets), commercial fishing, cold water polution from dams and
the introduction of competing, non-native fish.
trout because the markings on some individuals resemble those
of Trout, and cod because it is a member of the Australian Freshwater
Cod family. Other common names are Bluenose Cod and Blue Cod.
Trout Cod has a straight head profile and protruding upper jaw,
while the Murray Cod has a concave head profile and equal length
genus was named after A.R. MacCulloch, a fish scientist at the
Australian Museum in the early 1900s. This species is named
after the Macquarie River, which took its name from Governor
Cod are listed nationally as Critically
Endangered, and should be released imediately of
of Environment & Water Resources
& some info sourced from: Murray Darling Basin Commision