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Mallee has or used to have 39 threatened animals within its boundaries. One of them is me, the Murray Hardyhead.

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 Murray Hardyhead

Murray Hardyhead

Craterocephalus fluviatilis

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

Craterocephalus fluviatilis is found across 4 electorates.

The Murray Hardyhead is a small, moderately deep bodied fish which grows to a maximum length of 76 mm, but is commonly 40–65 mm. Males have been recorded at 27–34 mm and females at 41–43 mm caudal fork length. Its body is predominantly luminescent silver to dark golden dorsally, with a distinct mid-lateral stripe, and a pale abdomen. It has a small mouth with protrusible lips, a restricted gape, and a single row of small teeth on the anterior part of both jaws.The species is usually found in schools of distinct size classes: juveniles are found throughout lakes, in open areas associated with edge structure; and adults have been observed over shallow habitats including open sand banks.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

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.

Mallee has or used to have 66 threatened plants found within its boundaries. Some of these might not be as photogenic as the Murray Hardyhead but they're just as important.

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