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Lyons has or used to have 38 threatened animals within its boundaries. One of them is me, the Arthurs Paragalaxias.

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 Arthurs Paragalaxias

Arthurs Paragalaxias

Paragalaxias mesotes

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

Paragalaxias mesotes is only found within Lyons

Arthurs paragalaxias is a small, bullet-shaped, freshwater fish, distinctively olive-green to golden in colour. This species is endemic to Arthurs Lake and Woods Lake on the Central Plateau, Tasmania. The population in Woods Lake declined to the point of extinction, however translocations from Arthurs Lake may help re-establish that population. Predation from brown trout and other alien fish and a barrier between the two lakes are the primary ongoing threats to the Arthurs Paragalaxias.¹

Explore more about this species on the Atlas of Living Australia

Changed surface and groundwater regimesChanged surface and groundwater regimes

Habitat loss, fragmentation and degradationHabitat loss, fragmentation and degradation

Invasive species and diseasesInvasive species and diseases

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

Lyons has or used to have 75 threatened plants found within its boundaries. Some of these might not be as photogenic as the Arthurs Paragalaxias but they're just as important.

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