Banded grunter

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Amniataba percoides

A silver coloured fish with 5 or 6 vertical black stripes on its side. Commonly found in the 10-12 cm size range but can reach 18 cm. Partially herbivorous and forms large schools. Broadcast spawner with demersal eggs. Known to occur within the Upper Burdekin catchment (Burdekin River, Fanning River, Keelbottom Creek, Fletcher Creek, Star River, Running River) and throughout the Lower Burdekin Catchment, Ross River basin, Black River, Haughton River, Barratta Creek, Plantation Creek and Don River. Believed to occur also in Alva Creek, Saltwater Creek, Monongle Creek and Elliot River.


Much of the information about fish species and their distribution in the Burdekin Dry Tropics region presented throughout this Wiki is based on the work of Pusey (2005). The Australian Centre for Tropical Freshwater Research (ACTFR) also provided access to their Norther Australian Fish (NAF) database (in press), which contains the most current available fish survey data for tropical Australia. Allan Webb also from ACTFR provided information of the expanding list of exotic fish species recorded from the immediate Townsville region principally the Ross River. Additional information about species distribution is the authors experience (principally Jim Tait) and knowledge of the region. Descriptions of species are based on Allen et. al. (2002) and Pusey et. al (2004) with additional detail and comments by the authors of the Fish Passage Study.

Fish illustrations and mapping by Jason Carter. Illustrations have been drawn from specimens and photographs and after other illustrations, in particular Swainston and Ruse (in Allen 1997) and Pusey (in Pusey et. al. 2004)


  • Australian Centre for Tropical Freshwater Research (in press) Northern Australia Fish (NAF) database.
  • Pusey, B. Kennard, M Arthington, A (2004) Freshwater Fishes of North-eastern Australia,CSIRO Publishing. (Available from

External Links

Banded grunter Burdekin Region distribution

Burdekin Region distribution

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