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Australia has over 5000 described species of fish, a quarter of which are endemic. Seafood and aquaculture are major and highly regulated industries, and fishing for marine and freshwater native fish is popular.

Species of freshwater fish

For its land-size, Australia has a low diversity of native freshwater fish with only 281 described species. This is largely because Australia is a very dry continent with sporadic rainfall and large areas of desert.

The most common freshwater fish are:

Other species include:

Marine fish


  • Starry triggerfish
  • Abalistes stellatus


  • Ablabys taenianotus


  • Flat needlefish
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