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Maccullochella peelii (Murray cod)

Synonyms: Acerina peelii; Maccullochella peeli; Maccullochella peelii peelii

Wikipedia Abstract

The Murray cod (Maccullochella peelii) is a large Australian predatory freshwater fish of the Maccullochella genus and the Percichthyidae family. Although the species is called a cod in the vernacular, it is not related to the Northern Hemisphere marine cod (Gadus) species. The Murray cod is an important part of Australia's vertebrate wildlife and is found in the Murray-Darling River system in Australia. The Murray cod is the largest exclusively freshwater fish in Australia, and one of the largest in the world. Other common names for Murray cod include cod, greenfish, goodoo, Mary River cod, Murray perch, ponde, pondi and Queensland freshwater cod.
View Wikipedia Record: Maccullochella peelii

Endangered Species

Status: Critically Endangered
View IUCN Record: Maccullochella peelii


Adult Weight [1]  136.687 lbs (62.00 kg)
Maximum Longevity [3]  48 years
Migration [2]  Potamodromous

Protected Areas

Name IUCN Category Area acres Location Species Website Climate Land Use
Girraween National Park II 28978 Queensland, Australia
Hattah-Kulkyne NP and Murray-Kulkyne Park National Park II 122831 Victoria, Australia
Kosciuszko National Park II 1705480 New South Wales, Australia

Prey / Diet


Parasitized by 
Chilodonella cyprini[4]
Chilodonella hexasticha[4]
Ichthyophthirius multifiliis (freshwater white spot disease)[4]
Stegodexamene watsoni[5]

Institutions (Zoos, etc.)

Institution Infraspecies / Breed 
Adelaide Zoo
Healesville Sanctuary
National Zoo & Aquarium
Taronga Zoo


External References



Attributes / relations provided by
1de Magalhaes, J. P., and Costa, J. (2009) A database of vertebrate longevity records and their relation to other life-history traits. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 22(8):1770-1774
2Myers, P., R. Espinosa, C. S. Parr, T. Jones, G. S. Hammond, and T. A. Dewey. 2006. The Animal Diversity Web (online). Accessed February 01, 2010 at
3Frimpong, E.A., and P. L. Angermeier. 2009. FishTraits: a database of ecological and life-history traits of freshwater fishes of the United States. Fisheries 34:487-495.
4Jorrit H. Poelen, James D. Simons and Chris J. Mungall. (2014). Global Biotic Interactions: An open infrastructure to share and analyze species-interaction datasets. Ecological Informatics.
5Gibson, D. I., Bray, R. A., & Harris, E. A. (Compilers) (2005). Host-Parasite Database of the Natural History Museum, London
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