An endangered fish, thought to be only living in one upper Murray River catchment, has been found in isolated Mannus Creek.
Charles Sturt University researcher Luiz Silva said previously the Macquarie perch lived in catchments along the Upper Murray, but in recent years it was thought only one population, at Victoria’s Dartmouth Dam, had survived.
“The good news is we found Macquarie perch in Mannus Creek, they’re there, they’re present and they’re in good numbers,” he said.
Dr Silva said the perch located in Mannus Creek, outside Tumbarumba, were the only known population on the NSW side of the Murray River catchment.
Researchers used historical population data to determine where to undertake the study.
Dr Silva said the new information could help regain and maintain healthy perch populations.