Spangled perch can be very tolerant of air exposure. To maximise their eating qualities they should be killed humanely by iki jime, or a firm knock to the head. Smaller specimens can also be killed humanely in an ice slurry.
- Body grayish, darker above; each scale with darker edge. Cheek and operculum with randomly distributed small spots.
- Spangled perch are widely distributed, occurring in major rivers, isolated drainages, and ponds throughout the northern two-thirds of Australia.
- They can be found surviving in a variety of water conditions, from running to still and clear to nearly opaque with a wide salinity and temperature tolerance.
- Spangled perch are hardy. They have been reported to survive in moist mud when water courses dry up and can tolerate high water temperatures (39°C).
Fish Size Common Length:
15-20 cm, maximum size around 32 cm.