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Elected representatives in government are in charge of the policy and funding that can make or break saving threatened species. Their decisions and actions matter.

Ballarat has or used to have 22 threatened animals within its boundaries. One of them is me, the Trout Cod.

We took care to attach appropriate images that are as close to representative of each species as our resources and the availability of images allowed. However, we could not ensure perfect accuracy in every case. Some images show species that share the same genus but not at the species or subspecies level.

Photo of Trout Cod

Trout Cod

Maccullochella macquariensis

Status: Endangered

The Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act) lists threatened species under six categories:
Extinct, Extinct in the wild, Critically Endangered, Endangered, Vulnerable, Conservation dependent. Read more about these categories

Maccullochella macquariensis is found across 12 electorates.

The Trout Cod is a large, elongated fish, bluish grey in colour or sometimes dark to light brown. It has been known to grow to 85 cm and 16 kg but mostly grows to between 40 to 50 cm and less than 5 kg. It has small dark irregular spots or bars extending onto lower sides and the base of the dorsal and caudal fins, few or absent markings on the head and dusky grey to brownish fins with white or creamy margins.¹

Explore more about this species on the Atlas of Living Australia

Changed surface and groundwater regimesChanged surface and groundwater regimes

Climate change and severe weatherClimate change and severe weather

Disrupted ecosystem and population processesDisrupted ecosystem and population processes

Invasive species and diseasesInvasive species and diseases

Overexploitation and other direct harm from human activitiesOverexploitation and other direct harm from human activities

Explore more about the threats facing species on our Resources page.

Ballarat has or used to have 25 threatened plants found within its boundaries. Some of these might not be as photogenic as the Trout Cod but they're just as important.

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