Diel Activity of the Endangered Trout Cod (Maccullochella macquariensis) in the Murrumbidgee River
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Diel movements and habitat use of most of Australia's large freshwater fish fauna remain unknown, despite conservation efforts for many of the threatened species, including re-stocking and habitat protection and restoration. We used radio-telemetry to monitor diel movements of the endangered trout cod (Maccullochella macquariensis: Percichthyidae) in a re-stocked population in the Murrumbidgee River, New South Wales, Australia. Both manual tracking and continuous remote telemetry identified that trout cod activity peaked in periods of low light; with linear ranges for individuals varying from 6-272m. Trout cod had strong fidelity to outer river bends throughout diel periods and this has implications for targeted habitat rehabilitation efforts.
Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales
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